Financial District

October 22, 2012
I have a group of “lady friends” who gets together for each other’s birthdays, and we’ve been touring the city’s old-school establishments, like Tadich Grill and Le Central. Yeah, there is some drinking that goes on at these lunches, plus...
Photos by Jeff Dow.With this lousy economy, I have been feeling the possibility of a jaunt to Europe becoming, well, less and less possible. (Of course it's when all the fabulous airfare deals pop up, pffft.) So even though globetrotting...
San Francisco has been severely lacking on the authentic crêpes front since Ti Couz closed in the Mission. Most crêpe places end up using the sweet batter of white flour, eggs, milk, and sugar for savory crêpes, which isn’t quite...
I know plenty of people who were all ready to start hating on Wayfare Tavern before it even opened: a TV chef, Tyler Florence, taking over the beloved and historic Rubicon space! Grab your torches! Well, I gotta hand it...
Did Brian Eno open a restaurant in San Francisco? Nope, the “eno trattoria” next to the Barbacco name (in a zippy, Vespa-esque font) on the building’s exterior is short for enoteca, a term originally used to signify a local wine...
I like little engines that could. When Wexler’s first opened on Sacramento Street in the heart of the Financial District, more than a couple industry folks expressed their concern over the fate of owner Matt Wexler’s namesake restaurant, especially with...
At last, a restaurant that doesn’t look like it’s from here (thank you AvroKO for giving us something chic and train station sexy, choo choo). And let’s say hellllllo wine list. Michael Mina and Raj Parr had a definite vision...
I'm a big fan of working from home--not only is every day casual Friday, but there's no line to get my morning macchiato--and if the barista happens to be copping attitude, maybe it's because she was out late and is...
Back in my advertising days, I remember being (occasionally) invited to some fabulous vendor lunches--three-hour affairs that made me want to curl up and sleep under my desk once we returned to the agency. It was the mid-nineties, so places...
Okay, check it out: a new Italian restaurant has opened and whaddya know, it's not some 49-seat number that's tucked into [insert your neighborhood here] with wood chairs, a traditional menu of minestrone, a radicchio salad with gorgonzola cheese, and...
~CAFÉ CLAUDE~ went through some ownership and kitchen changes about a year or so ago (the new owner is Franck Leclerc, who brought on ex-Chez Papa chef Philippe Chevalier), but it firmly remains one of my favorite places for an...
So, for those of you who celebrate it, Easter has passed. (Thank you Easter bunny, bwok bwok!) Perhaps you had your lamb, or your ham, or if you're really hardcore, you had some baby goat (that would be my family)....

Bix

So where exactly do you go when you need to take your cool attorney out for a nice thank you dinner, or you want to spoil your birthday boy without going to some stuffy restaurant with chintz, or maybe you...