SoMa

July 18, 2014
I’m the first to admit it (and I was pretty clear from the beginning) that I hated the name of Dirty Habit, the new incarnation of the former Fifth Floor space at the Hotel Palomar. And you know what? I...
Walking into Trou Normand—hopefully in the early evening so you can capture the soft light streaming through the enormous windows—you feel that slight shift in your brain, and soon your demeanor, as when you’re in a place of beauty and...
Ahhh, the elusive “authentic” and excellent Italian restaurant—yes, one that’s run by Italians. It’s a rare bird here, although you can find a few, and it’s an experience I am always seeking. Don’t get me wrong, I do adore all...
Sandwiches. I live for them. And when they’re bonkers good, if I get one in my mind, I will literally drive or ride my bike across town to get it. The sandwiches at Merigan Sub Shop are like that—they haunt...
There are some restaurants that make me want to be really sure everyone has tried it. I’m glad I have this column o’ mine, because I can tell you how much I am enjoying the food and vision at 1601...
Over the past two months, I headed to the Century Theatre in the Westfield Centre to catch the one-night-only showings of the gorgeously restored The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II. No, I was not going to miss seeing Al...
Update: Chef Ravi Kapur has departed; Chris L’Hommedieu is now chef. Chef Ravi Kapur is obsessed with ingredients. Sure, there are many chefs in this town who are, but he’s definitely one who I see posting pictures on Twitter and...
To misquote Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.” Build an amazing burger, and they will definitely come. It might as well be the motto for Citizen’s Band, a groovy little upscale diner holding it down on...
My sister and I are sitting at a tiny little table at Una Pizza Napoletana, and our pizzas both land in front of us. Mine, the margherita; hers, the filetti (more on what that is in a sec). The smell...
Arancini balls. Ham plate. Uni bucatini. Chicken thighs. Geary pizza. Soft serve. These are the two-word combos you should abide by when coming to Zero Zero, the popular and spacious SoMa restaurant from chef-owner Bruce Hill (and chef de cuisine...
This review was for the former Folsom Street location. There are different types of diners: some want surprises, and are fine to relinquish control for the sake of a dining adventure; others want to know exactly what they’re getting into,...
As soon as you wander into Thermidor on Mint Plaza, with one look at the Saarinen tulip fiberglass chairs, the little “reserved” signs on the white-tableclothed tables, the skinny black ties on the servers, and you’re like, “Yes, I’d like...
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...
Photos courtesy of Zaré at Fly TrapThere are some people in this world who live to cook for others, and chef Hoss Zaré is certainly one of them. This chef is so fired up to say hello to his guests...
Spicy chicken (photo from Heaven's Dog).Edamame salad.Photo from Heaven's Dog.Photo from Heaven's Dog.You thirsty? No? Well, sit at the bar at ~HEAVEN'S DOG~ for a few minutes and you will be. This hidden-away SoMa doghouse is a bit like a...
tandoori-stuffed alooPhoto from Amber-India.comI don't understand why Indian places always have to be cheap and dingy and have buffets and leave you smelling like a tandoori oven when you depart (kudos to Roti and DOSA for changing that paradigm). Another...
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...
It's funny, for a town that has been missing some new options for seafood, within a few months of each other, we got Waterbar and ~ANCHOR & HOPE~. Not only is this the third local restaurant with a mermaid logo...
I know, I know, everyone is saying fine dining is over. While places with $21 entrées, communal tables, no tablecloths, open kitchens, and "nice jeans" as the dress code may the norm more and more, there's something to be said...
Burgers. Second only to frozen yogurt as our nation's current source of food-related obsession. There are some new burger businesses coming to town, like Best-O-Burger, and Hubert Keller's Burger Bar, but in the meantime, Joie de Vivre Hospitality is first...
There are some restaurants where you just can't help but order the same thing, again and again. To wit: how can I possibly visit A16, and not order the burrata, the tripe, and the gnocchi? It would be scandalous not...
Is it fair to write a review when you have a head cold? This one might not be the sassiest. At least I'm not eating at the restaurant with a head cold, but even so, I have a feeling the...
The mall isn't usually on the top of my preferred dining destinations list, nor am I a fan of chain restaurants, but the meal I recently had at ~LARKCREEKSTEAK~ definitely made me reconsider my "rules" (and I really don't have...
This SF hotspot is coming up on three years in business, and it's still roaring like a popular newcomer on the scene. Some of my favorite mid-level restaurants execute a continuity of concept in almost every detail, a quality that...
NOTE: I struggled whether I should place ~COCO500~ in "fresh meat" since a number of people still haven't checked it out, but then again, it's been open for close to a year, so into "the regular" it goes.I have to...