Hayes Valley

July 11, 2014
I’m always on the hunt for a good salad, and one of the last places I expected to find one is at a souvlaki place. Well, Souvla in Hayes Valley is not your average souvlaki joint (as rare as they...
As someone who loves dressing in vintage clothes, sitting on vintage furnishings, and eating off of vintage plates, the time capsule that is 20th Century Cafe speaks to me on many levels. Chef-owner Michelle Polzine gained many fans while making...
There are now plenty of businesses in San Francisco that call themselves an izakaya—and here’s one of the latest to join the fray, Izakaya Roku. It’s a relatively tiny joint on a stretch of Market between the Castro, the edge...
Passing through the Inn at the Opera hotel to get to this restaurant may make you pause for a moment if you were on a date. (“Hey now, this is only date one! It’s not time to get a room...
The powerful rise of exciting California cuisine has gone from a groundswell to big-wave surfing with the addition of Rich Table to the local scene. Chef-owners Evan and Sarah Rich hail from some top New York kitchens and hit the...
It’s a hard job to name restaurants. Some places nail it from the beginning (Bix, Frances, Canteen), while others seem to grow into their names with time (nopa, Cotogna, Serpentine). I’m not quite sure I see that strong a connection...
How many times do I pedal my bike up Market Street, just across the street from Destino? Weekly. I look over at the restaurant, noting that I haven’t been there in yeeeeears. It’s funny how places can slip off your...
If I had to pick one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, it would be Japanese. I know, blasphemy, not Italian?! (Don’t tell my dad.) But it’s true—I adore the range of styles and flavors it offers,...
I think I’ve found my new favorite bar snack. And it’s a good thing it’s at one of the best bars in the city, Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, because really, it would be a crying shame if it was at...