Hot Picks - San Francisco

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

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Hot Picks: San Francisco

Where to Stay

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

The Omni San Francisco Hotel


Photo by Michael Reiss

With a prime location right on the cable car line in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, The Omni San Francisco Hotel, this 1926, 17-story hotel retains its Florentine-Renaissance look, while providing the latest in modern amenities.

 


The Omni San Francisco Hotel has a prime location with the convenience of the S.F.Cable Car running right in front of its door.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 


The lobby has been authentically restored and the rooms exude a gracious, yet elegant old-world feel. The finest Frette bed sheets and comfortable, firm mattresses offer true relaxation from the bustle of the city. The health club is large and well appointed with the latest in work out equipment. The staff are particularly gracious and accommodating.


Luxuriate in one of The Omni San Francisco Hotel's beautifully appointed guest rooms.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Although this is a desirable choice for business clients because of its location, comfort and on site, Bob's Steak and Chop House, it is also a perfect spot for tourists who want to be in close proximity to all the city has to offer, including the cable car line!

Luxury, location and gracious service are hallmarks you can count on at this OMNI property.

The Omni San Francisco Hotel
500 California Street at Montgomery
(415) 677-9494

http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/SanFrancisco.aspx


The Inn Above Tide

 


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Just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and yet, a world away is The Inn Above Tide, the only hotel on the San Francisco Bay. You can hear, see, smell, feel and even taste the fresh salt air as the tide comes in and washes your cares away and soothes you to the gentle rolling sound of the waves. Each of the 29 guest rooms decorated in calming earth and sea tones offers spectacular views of the bay and the outline of the city by the sea shimmering in the distance.


The calm and restful rooms at The Inn Above Tide are oriented to the sea with a direct view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 



This elegant, boutique hotel offers exceptional personal service and amenities including a gourmet wine and cheese reception and a bountiful breakfast complete with the highest quality fruits, juices and pastries. If you can tear yourself away from your room with a view, the quaint seaside city of Sausalito beckons you with its shops and myriad dining options as well as an array of outdoor activities. Leave your heart in San Francisco, but come and stay at "The Inn Above Tide."


At The Inn Above Tide the gourmet breakfast is memorable for its high quality and beautiful presentation.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The Inn Above Tide
30 El Portal
Sausalito, California 94965
415.332.9535 /800-893-8433

http://www.innabovetide.com/roomsandrates.html



Mountain Home Inn


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This is one of six properties worldwide owned and operated by "A Collection of Romantic Places". Each combines old world charm and a sense of place with modern conveniences. The Mountain Home Inn, originally built in 1912 was remodeled and expanded in 1985 and then named one of the "Ten Best New Inns in America."


The Mountain Home Inn's comfortable rooms have their own decks which open to the beautiful outdoors.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

This inn's 920 foot elevation perspective of San Francisco and the Bay offers stunning views of the mountains, redwoods and city skyline for the lucky guests who are staying in one of the ten cozy rooms or the day hikers who discover the restaurant and stop to eat and take in the scene.

 


The Mountain Home Inn's view of the San Francisco Bay is stunning.

Photo by Michael Reiss



The Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and a reasonably priced three course dinner to its guests and day visitors. Chef Sander Stuip's new American menu changes seasonally and offers delicious, generously portioned cuisine sure to satisfy even a gourmet palate.


The Restaurant at The Mountain Home Inn is inviting and offers a gourmet dining experience.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The wine cellar list offers a wide selection of California, Oregon and Washington wines from boutique vintners. This charming inn and restaurant are a destination worth the journey.


Simply delicious food is the hallmark of The Restaurant at The Mountain Home Inn.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Mountain Home Inn
810 panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, Ca. 94941
(415) 381-9000


http://www.mtnhomeinn.com/home.html

 

 

 

The Lodge at Tiburon


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You just might consider leaving your heart in San Francisco and enjoying an escape to the Tony waterfront town of Tiburon. Check into the newly renovated Lodge at Tiburon, where every aspect of your stay will be as exclusive as the legendary town.


The Lodge at Tiburon's swimming pool, spa, and fire-pit are first class.

Photo by Michael Reiss



The Cape Cod inspired coastal decor-- meant to echo the nearby waterfront-- is warm, cozy and stylish. Attention to detail is evidenced from the freshly baked cookies, offered at check in to the luxurious bedding, linens, terry robes, to the in-room Starbuck's Coffee and Tazo Tea service, to the Scharfenberger Dark Chocolate pillow mints, to the complimentary bicycles and internet access, to the warmly inviting, pool, spa and outdoor fire pit.


The Lodge at Tiburon's luxurious rooms have soft soothing colors and make for a delightful stay.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The staff are friendly and helpful, and the restaurant, bar/lounge, Three Degrees is a destination in itself, offering memorable cuisine and warm vibes. (See review in "Where To Eat.") This is a class act property from the Larkspur Hospitality Group. With the vistas, shops, and myriad activities of Tiburon, as well as the proximity to Muir Woods and the Wine Country, The Lodge at Tiburon is ideally suited for a delightful vacation or conference site.

The Lodge at Tiburon
1651 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, Ca. 94920
(415) 435 3133

http://www.thelodgeattiburon.com/

 


The W Hotel


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What does the "W" stand for? It is nothing less than wow! If you're interested in experiencing a luxury hotel without the pretense and formality usually associated with a luxury-level hotel, the W Hotel fits the bill. The decor, the service and the vibes all set the tone for a memorable stay. Not only are the rooms spacious, sleek, sophisticated, and soundproof, but they are wired for your every high-tech desire, including: high-speed Internet access, 27" television, video cassette recorder / player, and we can't forget the signature "heavenly beds."


The W Hotel is located next to the S.F. Museum of Modern Art , Mascone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens. Wow, what a location!
Photo by Michael Reiss

Need to know what to do, where to go, what to eat? The concierge staff at the W Hotel, who call themselves the "Whatever/Whenever Service," is ever-present and genuinely helpful. Want to take a dip in the pool or get a cardio workout? The fitness center is well-equipped and open 24 hours for your convenience. Want a thoroughly "hip," trendy upscale hotel experience? Stay at the "W"!


The W Hotel's bright and luminous pool area and fitness center is open 24 hours.
Photo by Michael Reiss

W Hotel San Francisco
181 Third St. (Howard St.)
San Francisco, California
(415) 777-5300
(415) 817-7823 FAX

 

The Hotel Nikko


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The Hotel Nikko offers an oasis of luxurious, refined space in the midst of the bustling city. Walk into the lobby, take in the gracious sense of calm that immediately envelopes you, and know that an ethereal experience awaits you. The check-in procedure reinforces a sense of calm welcoming which is highlighted, as you enter your elegantly appointed room. The Japanese inspired interior combines understated elegance with a sense of place.


The Hotel Nikko 's elegant modern lobby features ANZU Restaurant at the top of the stairs.
Photo by Michael Reiss

The fitness center and indoor pool, surrounded by Japanese rock gardens, further enhances your restful, rejuvenating respite from the heart of downtown San Francisco, a brief few blocks from your doorstep. Ready, set, go...to The Hotel Nikko !

Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason Street,
San Francisco, Calf. 94102
(415) 394-1111

 

The Queen Anne Hotel

The Queen Anne Hotel is a San Francisco Victorian gem.
Photo by Michael Reiss



The Queen Anne Hotel is a San Francisco Victorian gem fully restored to its 1890 glory. The restoration took place under the direction of over 50 preservation experts. The Queen Anne Hotel's 48 rooms show off heirloom antiques, wood-burning fireplaces and warm Victorian charm. In addition there are many rooms which have modern conveniences such as refrigerators, king size beds, cable color TV's and direct-dial modem phones. 

There is a complimentary continental breakfast, newspaper to your room door, and an afternoon tea service. The hotel is conveniently located near public transportation lines that make its San Francisco neighborhood location a good one for visiting downtown or other tourist attractions. 

The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter St.,
San Francisco, CA 94109 

(800) 227-3970
(415) 775-5212 FAX 

Hot Picks: San Francisco

Where To Eat

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Ozumo - San Francisco


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

While it seems that Japanese restaurants and sushi bars are as prolific as Starbucks, there is no restaurant like Ozumo!

As you walk into the glamorous bar area, surrounded by subtlety lit sake bottles, you know this is not your average neighborhood haunt. This upscale, multi-roomed space with verve and vibe is reminiscent of Ginza in Tokyo.

Besides bar seating, you may be escorted to the hip, bustling sushi bar where master chefs deftly prepare some of the freshest, most creative dishes around. There are also private dining alcoves for groups and seating around the robata bar where the sizzle and scent of charcoal grilled meats, seafood and veggies is mouthwatering.

The stunning presentations are just part of the allure of this popular venue. The seasonal menu presented by Executive Chef Mike Yakura, combines the freshest of ingredients with impeccable Japanese attention to detail and preparation. The sushi bar menu runs for pages, the tasting menu is a gourmet's delight and the robata grill is legendary for its succulent dishes.

But wait, we haven't mentioned one of the highlights of your dining experience, the Sake! With one of the largest selections outside of Tokyo, you will be dazzled by the choice, quality and diverse flavor profiles offered by the knowledgeable wait staff or by the Sake Sommelier herself, Jessica Furui, whose understanding of this venerable beverage is impressive. Every menu item and sushi selection can be expertly paired with a sake to enhance the experience, not to mention their vast cocktail, beer and wine selections.

When you're ready to venture beyond your regular sushi bar, Ozumo is a trip to the finest Japan via San Francisco has to offer.



One room of Ozumo's sleek interior faces the open and active sushi bar where gourmet sushi is expertly prepared.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Hanabi slices of hamachi and avocado, drizzled with a warm ginger jalapeno ponzu sauce

Gyu Salad seared beef with mizuna kaiware and wasbi ninniku soy dressing

Favorite Entrees:

Shiromi salt grilled pacific sea bass with braised bamboo shoots, radicchio and a mizore-an daikon dashi sauce

Iron Pot Sukiyaki washu rib-eye, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, napa cabbage, prepared in a hot iron pot of sukiyaki broth with a poached egg

Favorite Dessert:

Warm Chocolate & Azuki Bean Mochi with green tea ice cream

 


Each dish at Ozumo can be paired with saki, wine or beer. In this case the "Iron Pot Sukiyaki" --which is Washu rib-eye, tofu, shitake mushrooms, Napa cabbage, prepared in iron pot of sukiyaki broth--is paired with a robust saki.


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

OZUMO
161 Stuart St.(Between Mission & Howard St)
San Francisco
Phone: (415) 882-1333
http://www.ozumo.com/

Note: There are nearby branches of Ozumo in Oakland,California, and another branch will arrive in Santa Monica, California, in the Summer 2010.

 

 

 

Le Colonial


Photo by Michael Reiss


Just like in old Saigon, make your way down an obscure side lane to a place that only those in the know will find, Le Colonial.

To find Le Colonial you first go down an alley, up a stairway, across a rattan hewn tropical patio and into an exotic enclave that promises the intrigue of full flavored Franco-Vietnamese cuisine and delivers!

Appetizer plates offering five different items make the choice a bit easier. All of the traditional Vietnamese specialties are expertly executed.

In addition, you'll find items such as filet mignon, lamb chops, sea bass and scallops prepared in an innovative and subtle fashion.

The upstairs lounge features nightly jazz and a atypical, savory bar menu that includes a steak and foie gras sandwich to rival any comparable item found around town.

The wine list includes many selections by the glass that pair well with the flavor profile of this subtlety spiced culinary tradition.

Le Colonial offers the taste and ambiance of sensual Saigon without leaving home.

 

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At Le Colonial you can enter a bygone age of Old Saigon and feel its exotic ambiance.


Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Suon Nuong
Five-spice rubbed Niman Ranch pork ribs with honey-ginger glaze served with baby tatsoi and water chestnut

Banh Xeo
Pan fried moon rice crêpe stuffed with shrimp and lobster, bean sprouts and mung bean, served with lettuce wrap,nuoc cham

Favorite Entrees:

So Diep Chien
Pan roasted black cod, seafood sticky rice with shiitake mushrooms and Laughing Bird shrimp, wilted
spinach and yellow onion, spicy tamarind drizzle

Bo Luc Lac
Wok-seared filet mignon with sweet garlic-soy sauce over watercress and toybox tomatoes

Favorite Dessert

COCONUT TAPIOCA AND BANANA CUSTARD
Coconut infused Tapioca Pearls served over a creamy Banana Pudding served with cinnamon wonton crisps

 

 


At Le Colonial each dish is inspired Franco-Vietnamese cuisine, including "Bahn Xeo"- pan fried moon rice crêpe stuffed with shrimp and lobster, bean sprouts and mung bean, served with lettuce wrap, nuoc cham.


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Le Colonial
20 Cosmo Place
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931-3600

http://www.lecolonialsf.com/

 

  Gary Danko

Photo by Michael Reiss





Gary Danko offers superb quality American cuisine prepared with impeccable French technique. The prix fixe only menus offer a wide variety of items including an exceptional cheese course with farmhouse and artisan cheeses from Europe and the United States presented with great finesse tableside. The wide variety of wines by the glass offer the opportunity to pair each course with an interesting selection from virtually all parts of the globe. 

Our menu favorites include an appetizer of "Seared Foie Gras, Caramelized Onions, Fuji Apples and Essencia Sauce", an entree of "Roast Maine Lobster with Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Fine Herbs", a selection of French and American cheeses and a "Baked Chocolate Souffle with Two Sauces."
 
 


Gary Danko serves inspired, impeccable prepared cuisine. 
            Photo by Michael Reiss
 

 

The menu options of 3 courses for $55, 4 courses for $64, or 5 courses for $74, although pricey at first glance, represents an exceptional value in fine dining. This special occasion restaurant is a stellar example of the finest quality dining experience available in the United States. Gary Danko is one that rivals the "Michelin Three Star Restaurants" in France, for a fraction of the price! 

Gary Danko
800 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109-1228 
(415) 749-2060 


 
Boulevard


     Boulevard has an exciting, high-energy atmosphere. 
Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Boulevard consistently delivers what many diners want when they eat out. A seasonal modern American menu, prepared with creative Asian, Mediterranean and Latin influences in a high energy, exciting belle epoque-inspired atmosphere, provide a formula for success.  This formula has made Boulevard a San Francisco favorite for over eight years. 

Our favorite appetizers include “Duck Three Ways (sautéed foie gras, grilled smoked duck and duck prosciutto),” “Fresh Dungeness Crab and Porcini Risotto,” and “Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartar.” Our favorite entrees include “Pan Roasted Local Halibut, Sea of Cortez Scallop & Jumbo White Prawn,"and “Wood Oven Roasted   Rack of Lamb. ”  Boulevard offers a cheese plate with international selections as well as creative desserts such as “Apple Tart Trio” served with a cup of spiced cider and a green apple sorbet and “Warm Chocolate Cake” with a gooey center accompanied by caramelized bananas and Calvados ice cream. 
 
 

         Boulevard serves creative food with great flare.
           Photo by Michael Reiss





 Boulevard
1 Mission St. (Stuart St.)
415-543-6084
 

 

Sushi Ran


Photo by Michael Reiss


Yes, this is another sushi restaurant. But no, it is not like any other you've experience. Sushi Ran is legendary, and the reasons are clear. Every item is top quality. Every standard preparation is exquisite. Portions are generous. Service is impeccable, and the manager and owner are on the premises ready and willing to make your experience memorable.

This is why you will find that many patrons return several times a week counting on the consistency and quality they have come to expect form this neighborhood find .Besides the standard items found in every sushi restaurant, there are chef's specials that demonstrate the creative culinary expertise of Executive Chef Scott Whitman and an array of Omakasi items highlighting the "catch of the day" that enables the sushi chefs to offer unique items that thrill even the most knowledgeable and experimental sushi connoiseurs.

There is a wide drink selection including wine and sake that pair well with both the sushi and the Chef's Specials of the night. So, come they do, from the neighborhood, from across the bay, from Japan, all delighted by the offerings of this simple, unpretentious, but oh-so-cutting- edge Sushi Ran.

 


Sushi Ran's decor is upbeat and lively. Gourmet creative sushi is made to order.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Hawaiian Ahi Poke - Ahi Tuna, Avocado, Kukui Nut & Seaweed Sauce
Today's "OMAKASE" SUSHI or SASHIMI PLATE

Favorite Entrees:

Miso Glazed Black Cod - Sesame Spinach and Carrot
Roasted Rack of Lamb - Macadamia Crust & Hoisin Jus

Favorite Dessert

Bananas Foster - Ginger Gelato & Toasted Coconut

 

 


At Sushi Ran you can experience the truly memorable "OMAKASE" SUSHI.


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia St.
Sausalito, Ca. 94965
415 332 3620

http://www.sushiran.com

Asia de Cuba


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

So you can't get to Cuba and Asia is a bit too far. No problem. The hip, sexy decor and luscious,exotic food and drink of this "in-the-know" hot spot will fill the bill. Hidden, without signage, is the venerable Redwood bar and adjacent is a dining room where the beat pulses, and the sensual warmth of flowing rose fabric lit by strategically placed spots and candles create a glow that is palpable. This is Asia de Cuba.

The Chino-Latino cuisine, served in generous, family style portions is succulent with an interplay of glazes, sauces and juices that make for irresistible tasty morsels. The signature drinks and wine pairings offer compliments and contrasts that enhance and heighten the gustatory experience.

Singles and large groups flock to the communal tables strategically placed at the crossroads of the restaurant and bar to offer options for every mood. This Tony venue is sure to exceed expectations and offer culinary surprises worthy of a top dining spot. Let the beat go on!

 


The striking glass-etched table welcomes communal dinning and is a center piece of the hip, happening dining venue called Asia de Cuba.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Tuna Tartare Picadillo Style With Spanish Olives, Black Currants, Almonds, And Coconut, Soy-Lime Vinaigrette And Wonton Crisps
Rpoa Vieja Of Duck - Daikon Sprout, Calabaza, Snow Peas, And CucumbersWith Hoisin-Port Sauce, Lettuce Cups

Favorite Entrees:

Miso Cured Alaskan Butterfish - Cuban Black Bean And Edamame Salad, Tempura Shisito Peppers
Char Sui Beef Short Ribs - Congre Tostones, Chili Orange Mojo

Favorite Dessert

Bay Of Pigs - Banana Split Asia De`Cuba Style

 


This is the "Miso Cured Alaskan Butterfish - Cuban Black Bean And Edamame Salad, Tempura Shisito Peppers," a dish that combines elements of Asian and Latino cuisine to create mouthwatering, creative dishes at Asia de Cuba.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Asia De Cuba
Clift Hotel
495 Geary St.
San Francisco
415 929 2380

Farallon


              Farallon's striking interior creates a magical dining experience. 
      Photo by Michael Reiss
Farallon elevates seafood restaurants to a new level of excitement. This stunning, elegantly executed oceanic decor leaves nothing out, except the mermaid! Their philosophy is to not simply serve excellent food but to also provide the atmosphere for a great time! 
From our observations, a great time was had by all including those diners who prefer turf to surf since there are several items from which to select.

Our favorite appetizers include “Wild Salmon and Scallop Tartar,” “Herb Crusted Rare Yellow Fin Tuna”, “Roasted Ruby and Golden Beet Salad”, and  Globe Artichoke Risotto”.  Our favorite entrees include the " Roasted New Zealand John Dory," and "Seared Mediterranean Branzino." However, because it’s a seafood restaurant and they pride themselves on offering the freshest and often, most exotic fare from across the oceans, give careful consideration to the specials. Among the dessert offerings, we suggest selections from the artisan cheese menu with several interesting selections from France.  The dessert menu includes unique creations such as "Tangerine Blinis," "Banana Chocolate Tart," and "Warm Calvados Apple Cake." The selection of wines by the glass is extensive and reflects the broad background of the sommelier. 
 
 

            
      Farallon's fish preparations are carefully and artfully prepared. 
Photo by Michael Reiss





Farallon
450 Post St. (bet. Mason & Powell Sts.)
415-956-6969

 


Supper Club - San Francisco


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Fasten your seat belts, loosen your libido and get ready for a hedonistic pleasure trip to Foodie Heaven at Supperclub San Francisco.

This "over-the-top" sensual experience will have you wondering whether you're dreaming or have just arrived on the set of a Fellini film. Hostess Diva Dan, dressed in a bridal gown and veil seats, uhm, tucks you in, as you remove your shoes and climb onto your bed-cum-dining room. Cozy up to your dinner compnaions and neighbors, as you settle in for a five course feast designed by a French Chef Ferrandon.

This feast is served by energetic waitstaff who add to the mood with costumes, makeup and jovial antics. The dinner items change every two weeks and the food quality exceeds expectations--making this more than an occasional dining venue.

Just when you thought things were settling down, in comes a Cirque de Soleil-like acrobat who thrills you with her gyrations on high. In between courses you are encouraged to dance, mingle or enjoy a brief massage offered by strolling masseuses.

As the three hour repast unfolds, the DJ pumps up the beat, well plied diners loosen their belts and wild abandon reigns. This is the perfect spot to celebrate or make new friends and let the good times roll.

 

 


At Supperclub San Francisco dinners sprawl on "beds," while the servers/entertainers attend to a diner's every need.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The Five Course Feast changes every two weeks.
Call for the current menu.

 


French Chef Ferrandon cooks up a gourmet delight each night for dinner at Supperclub San Francisco.


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Supperclub San Francisco
657 Harrison St.
San Francisco
415. 348. 0900



Scott Howard


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At the restaurant after his name, Scott Howard, Chef Scott Howard does a masterful job of expressing what is best about Cal-French cuisine. His dishes are clean, clear, unruffled and true to the unrivaled technique that a classically trained chef can duplicate.

His ingredients are seasonal and reflect the bounty and ethnic influences that make California cuisine so global. His interpretations are perfectly seasoned with just enough creative flair to call them his own.

The wine list is eclectic and wine pairings suggested by Corey Harrison offer fresh approaches to complement or contrast with the dishes.

The lively ambiance with sleek decor is warmed by the lighting and wood paneling. This confident chef is proud to call his restaurant by name and invite you to experience his signature cuisine.

 

 


This is the lively ambiance and sleek decor at Scott Howard.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Duck Confit Salad - Frisee, Pancetta Vinagrette, Soft Egg
Dungeness Crab Salad - Oranges, Mache, Avocado Mousse, Champagne Vinaigrette

Favorite Entrees:

Risotto - Dungeness Crab, Tarragon, Meyer lemon, Uni Foam
Short Ribs - Orzo mac & cheese, King trumpets, Gremolata

Favorite Dessert

Butterscotch Pudding - Caramelized Banana

 

 


The food is straight- forward and delicious at Scott Howard.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Scott Howard
500 Jackson St.
San Francisco
415 956 7040

http://www.scotthowardsf.com/

 

A. Sabella's


Photo by Michael Reiss


Despite the fact that it is located on Fisherman's Wharf, this family institution of over 120 years, A. Sabella's, is as fresh as the sea air it breathes. Touted as the best seafood restaurant on the wharf by the San Francisco Chronicle, this family owned establishment has morphed into a fine dining venue that attracts repeat locals and worldwide visitors to its third floor location that allows for a commanding view of the wharf.

The contemporary California seafood menu offers every delicacy imaginable, including the much- revered abalone. In fact, they have separate tanks with live abalone, lobster and crab awaiting your request.

Executive Chef Todd Hansen prepares all the classics and has a wide array of specialty dishes with an accent on Italian Mediterranean fare. Every dish is expertly prepared and served with understated flourish by the competent waitstaff.

The wine list has been recognized as one of the Top Ten by Wine Enthusiast. A. Sabella offers visitors and locals a quintessential, authentic San Francisco fine dining experience.

 


A. Sabella's has a splendid view, which looks out on Fisherman's Wharf.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Dungeness Crab Cake - Napa cabbage slaw and sauce Remoulade
Grilled Portobello Mushroom - with braised green chard, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Favorite Entrees:

Mixed Seafood Risotto - scallop, gulf shrimp, fresh fish, clams, mussels and calamari with creamy Carnaroli rice
Mesquite Grilled Filet Mignon and Maine Lobster

Favorite Dessert

Chocolate Profiteroles - filled with Tahitian vanilla bean, hazelnut and dark chocolate ice cream served on a pool of toasted almond flavored English Cream.

 

 

 


A. Sabella's cuisine has creative flair and is cooked to perfection

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

A. Sabella's Restaurant
2766 Taylor Street at Jefferson, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, Ca.
(415) 771-6775


http://www.asabellas.com/home.htm

 

 

Gaylord's Indian Restaurant


Photo by Michael Reiss


Gaylord Indian Restaurant is located in Old Town Sausalito with a magnificent view of San Francisco. This historic landmark raises the bar for North American Indian restaurants. Known for quality and authenticity, their worldwide clientele come time and again to enjoy succulent and perfectly spiced items, both traditional Indian and new Asian fusion.

Each dish is matched with an array of drinks from nonalcoholic lassis, to international beers, to sophisticated wine pairings by the glass or bottle.

Gracious waitstaff deliver each beautifully prepared item with panache and great attention to detail. If you want an experience fit for a maharajah, make the drive to Sausalito, and enjoy an exceptional Indian feast.

 

 


Diners at Gaylord are enjoying tableside service, as they look out on the beautiful San Francisco skyline.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Gaylord’s Tandoori Sampler Platter - Roasted chicken tikka, boti & seekh kabab
Chicken Tikka Salad - Tandoori chicken breast, lotus root, ginger apricot dressing



Favorite Entrees:

Gaylord’s Tandoori Platter - Tandoori chicken, tikka kabab seek kabab, Lemon Sea Bass kabab
Goa Prawns - Toasted almond and pistachio tiger prawns with ginger coconut milk curry



Favorite Dessert

Kulfi - Saffron flavored ice cream with pistachios

 

 


"Gaylord’s Tandoori Platter - Tandoori chicken, tikka kabab, seekh kabab, Lemon Sea Bass kabab" comes sizzling hot direct from the Tandoori oven to your table.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Gaylord's Indian Restaurant
201 Bridgeway
Sausalito, California 94965
(415) 339-0172

http://www.gaylords.com

 

Bob's Steak and Chop House


Photo by Michael Reiss

Bob's Steak and Chop House is one of three Bob's that has developed a loyal following in a city with many competitors. (The other two in Texas and Colorado.) Why Bob's? Patrons swear by their unique flame broiled method which sears in the juices so that the prime beef and other meat selections are done to perfection and have great flavor and texture.

Sauces are not served, as they are considered to detract from the inherent quality, preparation and pure taste profile. The menu is simple and straightforward allowing the spotlight to focus on the prime offerings. Each selection is fresh, full-flavored and generously portioned.

The atmosphere is casual, and the waitstaff is professional and eager to please. The clientele range from business travelers staying at the adjacent Omni Hotel San Francisco to couples, families and athletes wanting to satisfy their craving for a good steak. Bob's has established a well-deserved, solid reputation among the many steak houses in town. It consistently serves prime beef at its best.

 

 


Bob's Steak and Chop House--located in the Omni Hotel San Francisco--continues to delight locals and visitors alike.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

BLEU CHEESE SALAD - crisp romaine tossed with creamy bleu cheese dressing and topped with crumbled, aged bleu cheese, chopped eggs and roasted pecans
SPINACH SALAD - tossed with honey poppy dressing and topped with mushrooms, bacon, chopped egg and onion

Favorite Entrees:

PRIME "COTE de BOEUF" 20 oz. ... Bone-in Ribeye Steak
PRIME "BONE-IN" KANSAS CITY STRIP STEAK

Favorite Dessert

BANANA NUT RUM BREAD PUDDING - Served with Dark Rum Custard

 


Bob's famous flame-broiled cooking sears in the steak's juices and is always accompanied by a their trademark carrot.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 


Bob's Steak & Chop House
Omni Hotel San Francisco
Corner of California & Montgomery
500 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-273-3085

http://www.bobs-steakandchop.com/index1.html

 


Asia SF

 

 


Photo by Michael Reiss


"Why just eat when you can feast all your senses?" This is the question that forms the mission and raison d'être of this uninhibited, lively hot spot, Asia SF, where the food and entertainment compete for top billing.

Your servers are gorgeous gender illusionists who one minute are explaining the menu and pouring champagne, and the next they are on the bar lip-synching and gyrating to the latest hit tunes.

What is most surprising is the quality of the cuisine coming out of the postage-stamp sized kitchen. Chef Matthew Metcalf's Cal-Asian cooking competes with some of the best in the city. His use of fresh herbs, spices and sauces is authentic and full flavored. His three course "menage a trois" menu takes you to exotic, palate-pleasing places where each dish is more delectable than the last.

His wine and cocktail list offers plenty of pairing opportunities and the waitstaff is ever so accommodating. Groups and bachelorette parties comfortably mingle with a clientele that spans every demographic. Make your reservations well in advance.

Let the celebration begin!

 

 


Along with a gourmet dinner Asia SF provides live entertainment with no-cover, no minimum.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Porcupines - shrimp, scallops & water chestnuts rolled in cellophane noodles, crisply fried & served with a plum wine/soy dipping sauce
Asia-dilla - a quesadilla stuffed with smoked duck, jack cheese, Fresno peppers and scallions, with sun-dried cherry creme fraiche

Favorite Entrees:

Dungeness crabcakes - Vietnamese style crabcakes with green papaya salad and red curry sauce
“Baby got back” ribs - tender baby-back pork ribs with a honey-tamarind glaze, grilled to perfection, served with pickled carrots and sweet potato crisps

Favorite Dessert

banana beignet split (serves two)
brandy flamed bananas wrapped in Filipino lumpia, served warm with vanilla bean ice cream, caramelized bananas, macadamia brittle, chocolate and butterscotch sauces

 


At Asia SF Chef Matthew Metclf's Cal-Asian cooking competes with some of the best in the city.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 


AsiaSF
201 Ninth Street @ Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone : 415-255-2742


http://www.asiasf.com

 

Three Degrees


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"Meet, greet and eat" is the philosophy of the first new restaurant to be opened in Tiburon in 16 years. In fact, Three Degrees, located at the Lodge at Tiburon is an ideal place for locals to gather, as well as a destination restaurant in its own right.

The menu offers detailed descriptions of Chef Patricia Windisch's signature farm fresh dishes that are primarily sourced from local small scale vendors

The chef offers a wide selection of fare from corn tamales, to risotto, to fish curry each expertly prepared with her own unique interpretations. Items are generous enough to be shared so that you can sample several courses of her full-flavored, succulent fare accompanied by wines paired to perfection by Sommelier Roberto.

Enhanced by the warm, craftsman decor and gracious service, this is a spot that will be discovered and noted as a gem across the bay. Be a part of the group in the know, meet, greet and eat at Three Degrees.

 

 


Three Degrees's decor is modern and upbeat. There is also a lively and friendly bar area.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Sweet Corn and Chipotle Tamale with Smoked Chicken - corn, chives, red peppers, roasted garlic sauce
Crispy Portobello Mushroom & Arugula Salad - shaved parmesan, fennel & lemon aioli

Favorite Entrees:

Dungeness Crab Risotto - corn, applewood smoked bacon, scallions, tarragon butter
Grilled Fennel Crusted Lamb Loin - caramelized fennel, pinenuts, golden raisins, olives, fennel aioli

Favorite Dessert

Root Beer Granita & Vanilla Ice Cream Parfait with chocolate brownie

 

 


The "Crispy Portobello Mushroom & Arugula Salad - shaved parmesan, fennel & lemon aioli " is one of the creative dishes offered at Three Degrees.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Three Degrees
The Lodge at Tiburon
1651 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, Ca. 94920
(415) 435-5996

http://www.threedegreesrestaurant.com

 

 

 

Trader Vic's

 


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When the fog rolls in one time too many and you need an instant fix of the tropics, hula over to Polynesia by the bay, Trader Vic's. This popular dining venue, home of the original mai tai, offers all the ambiance you could ever need to simulate an island experience.

The exotic cocktails, flaming pupus, and an extensive selection of island fare, artfully prepared and presented all combine to offer an unbeatable quick trip to the tropics. The tradition of Trader Vic's is alive and well by the bay!

 


Trader Vic's erotic Polyneasian-inspired decor is always fun.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Pork Spareribs - basted with our own BBQ glaze, cooked in our Chinese oven
Vietnamese Roll - char-grilled beef tenderloin, mango, mint, and cilantro with sweet Thai chili sauce

Favorite Entrees:

Seafood Parrillada - Grilled King salmon, mahi mahi, ahi, scallop and prawn with pea shoots and saffron sauce
Mango Chili Beef - Tenderloin, mango, cilantro and black mushrooms

 


Trader Vic's food brings the Spice Islands and Asia to San Francisco.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Dessert

Banana Fritters

Trader Vic's
555 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 775-6300


http://www.tradervics.com/rest-sanfran.html

 

 

Parcel 104


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Silicon Valley is world famous for dot coms and with the proliferation of savvy entrepreneurs comes great dining venues to satisfy their ever more sophisticated palates. Bradley Ogden's elegant Santa Clara homage to farm fresh, seasonal American fare makes Parcel 104 a "must try" venue.

Along with the ever-changing menu is the impeccable wine service offered by one of the rare American Master Sommeliers, Randall Bertao, who suggests intelligent and exciting wine pairings to enhance the creative cuisine of Ogden's culinary team, headed by Executive Chef Bart Hosner.

Located in the Santa Clara Marriott, this is a dining destination that has a loyal following of discriminating locals who eagerly return for the seasonally changing menu.

 


Parcel 104 has beautiful, inviting decor.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Chesapeake Bay Soft Shell Crab
Spring Onion-Watercress Salad, Housemade Pancetta Vinaigrette, Avocado "Mash"

Albacore Tuna Tartare
Oyster Stuffed Squash Blossom, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Syrup

Favorite Entrees:

Pacific Ivory Salmon,Olive Oil Poached Chanterelle Mushrooms, Porcini Cream, Bloomsdale Spinach
Eden Farms Berkshire Pork Loin Chop,Fried Green Tomatoes, Red Eye Gravy

Favorite Dessert

104 Classics: Crème Brulee, French Toast, Tapioca, Pixie Mandarin Nectar

 


Parcel 104 's food focuses on the freshest ingredients from land and sea.

Photo by Michael Reiss



 

Parcel 104
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 970-6104

http://www.parcel104.com/

 

Ana Mandara


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The ancient story behind Ana Mandara or "beautiful refuge" greets you as you open the beautiful menu in this beautiful, exotic Vietnamese restaurant. The decor is sumptuous without being overwrought. The service is genuine without being overdone, and the cuisine is authentic without being traditional. You will experience an elegance and savor a refined style of preparation that hails the talents of Executive Chef Khai Duong.

Notworthy is the gracious and friendly greeting by General Manager Lam Nugyen. Wines are expertly presented and paired by Sommelier Joanna Breslin.

 


Ana Mandara's beautiful and elegant interior invites you to linger.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Crispy Lobster Ravioli with Mango &Coconut Sauce
Crunchy Green Papaya Salad with Prawns, Jelly Fish and Chili - Lime Vinaigrette

Favorite Entrees:

Mokfish Curry in Claypot with Snap Peas, Yams, Oyster Mushrooms and Japanese Eggplant
Grilleed Rack of Lamb Rubbed with Vietnamese Cinnamon & Star Anise, Spicy Tamarind Sauce

 


Ana Mandara's modern Vietnamese cuisine combines classic French with Asian touches in this innovative fois gras preparation.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Dessert

Crispy Mango Springrolls, Coconut,Vanilla Creme Anglaise, Mango Sauce

Ana Mandara
891 Beach Street,
San Francisco, CA 94109
Ghiradelli Square
415 771 6800

One Market Restaurant


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Chef Adrian Hoffman, a 2002 nominee for James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, has breathed new life into this ever popular San Francisco favorite. His American interpretation of classic European traditions makes for some innovative and brilliantly executed dishes. The exceptional wines by the glass program offers plenty of excitement for wine pairing enthusiasts.

 


Chef Adrian Hoffman makes innovative and brilliantly executed dishes at One Market.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Shaved Foie Gras and Hazelnut Salad on duck liver brioche with frisee, red oak and cherry port syrup
Pan - Roasted Louisiana Prawns on white wine pasta sheets with pesto and cherry tomato salad

Favorite Entrees:

Atlantic Skate Wing crisped in brown butter and thyme over a creamy lobster risotto with English peas and lobster tarragon sauce
Braised and Glazed Organic Pork Shoulder on green onion farro with a grape and toasted almond salad.

 

 


One Market's "Salmon Cooked Three Ways" is a striking dish.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Dessert

Frog Hollow Warren Pear Tart, Huckleberry Compote, Mascarpone Ice Cream

One Market Restaurant
Market Street, San Francisco
415 777 5577


 

Silks at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel


Silks Restaurant has a beautiful and elegant interior.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Yet another restaurant transformation is in the making at this elegant, financial district eaterie. The new Chef de Cuisine, Christophe Vessaire, a native of Lyons, France comes to the Mandarin with impeccable pedigree and credentials. His goal is to bring Three Star Michelin quality to a restaurant whose guests and repeat diners expect the best. He strives to "make the senses come alive" with his cuisine and indeed he achieves his purpose. Consider the "Chef's Featured Tasting Menu" with accompanying wines or the a la carte selections, and take advantage of the reasonably priced "Silks at Six," pre-fixe special dinner available from 6-7 P.M. daily.

 


Silks at the Mandarin has a new chef, Chef de Cuisine, Christophe Vessaire.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Wild Mushroom Risotto, Truffle Essence, Aged Balsamico
Pan Seared Foie Gras of Duck, Orange and Sugar Syrup, Onion Fondue and Young Baby Leeks

Favorite Entrees:

Seared Hamachi, Chinese Long Beans, Taro, Citrus Juices
Braised Loin of Sonoma Lamb with Root Vegetables, Sautéed Bone Marrow and Sweet Garlic Jus

 

 


This is one of Chef Christophe Vessaire's elegant new dishes at Silks.
It is the Fennel Dusted Alaskan Hallibut-Whipped Fingerling Potatoes,Saffron-Sented Shellfish Nage.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Dessert:

Goat Cheese Napoleon, Served with Concorde Grape Sorbet and a Balsamic Port Syrup

Silks at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
222 Sansome St.
415 986 2020

 

The XYZ Restaurant


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Located adjacent to the lobby of the W Hotel, this sleek, sparsely decorated space with an equally understated menu serves sophisticated complex cuisine. The newly appointed Executive Chef, Malachi Harland, previously worked as the sous chef at Masa's and is currently revamping the menu to reflect his personal style with the promise of some exciting surprises in the next few months. Stay connected for an update.


Manager and Sommelier Jack Moore has organized an exciting new wine program at XYZ.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The wine list at XYZ Restaurant, organized by the restaurant General Manager, Jack Moore, is thoughtful, eclectic and poised to expand with their increased cellaring capacity.

XYZ Restaurant
at the W Hotel San Francisco

181 Third St. (Howard St.)
San Francisco, California
(415) 817-7836
(415) 817-7823 FAX

 


 

Anzu Restaurant


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Anzu Restaurant, located off the second floor lobby of the Hotel Nikko is a San Francisco gem waiting for your discovery. Steak and Sushi lovers, as well as devotees of creative Cal-Asian cuisine will be delighted with the wide range of selections, all executed to perfection by Master Sushi Chef Kazuhito Takahashi and Executive Chef Mark Pettitjohn.

Favorite Appetizers:

A variety of traditional and innovative sushi and sashimi platters ( $16.50 - $36.00)
Deconstructed Tuna Roll: Toasted Sesame Sushi Rice, Maguro and Shredded Nori, Ginger Soy Dressing ($9.50)
Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops with Blood Orange-Kaiware Salad, Curried Tobako Oil, Crispy Basil ($12.50)
Combination Appetizer: Vietnamese Beef Salad, Dungeness Crab Cake, Avocado& Kaiware Maki Roll ($19.50)
Warm Spinach Salad with BBQ Bacon Dressing and Frizzled Onions ($8.00)

 


Anzu's exiting cuisine is beautifully presented.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Entrees:

Prime Cuts, featuring Allen Brothers' beef lightly basted with special marinade, served with a choice of sauces including Classic Béarnaise, Chinese Mustard Demi, Five Peppercorn Marsala, Port Wine Reduction
Petite Filet Mignon 6 oz. $27.00; Ribeye "Cowboy" Steak 12 oz. $31.00
"Asian Ciopino" (Shrimp, Scallop, Mussel & Salmon) in Lemon Grass, Tomato& Garlic Jus ($25.00)
Oven Roaster Rack of Lamb with Apricot Scented Pearl Cous Cous, Red Wine-Star Anise Reduction($32.50)
Curried Apple-Ginger Risotto, Stir Fried Vegetables and Roasted Pepper Coulis ($15.95)

Favorite Deserts:

Warm Almond-Apricot Cake with Vanilla Apricot Syrup ($6.50)
Chocolate Truffle Cake ($6.50)
Banana Tempura Split with Almonds Brittle and Honey Caramel Sauce ($6.50)


Check out Anzu's famous Sunday Brunch with live classical broadcast with KDFC 102.1.
This radio broadcast was co-hosted by Nikko's own Philip Striffeler, Dir. of Food & Beverages.
Pictured are Brunch Chef Ben Fields, Sommelier Raphael Piveteau, and Announcer John Evans.
Photo by Michael Reiss

ANZU Restaurant
at The Hotel Nikko San Francisco

222 Mason Street,
San Francisco, Calf. 94102
(415) 394-1111

Philip Striffeler, Director of Food & Beverages
Robert Falls, Food and Beverage Outlets Manager
Raphael Piveteau, Asst. Food and Beverage Outlets Manager/ Sommelier

 

Kokkari Restaurant


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This dramatic, rustic restaurant offers authentic contemporary Hellenic cuisine "fit for the Gods." Traditional Aegean dishes are interspersed with modern innovative interpretations of the classics, such as moussaka, roast lamb, and meze platters. The wine enthusiast will find a wine list with many "international" offerings, including a notable selection of Greek wines. The knowledgeable and international wait staff add to the sense of place that this Mediterranean gem offers diners.


Kokkari's kitchen glows with activity and excitement.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Ktenia Salata - grilled scallop salad with arugula, saffron, pickled onions, chickpeas & grapefruit ($10.50)
Mithia - steamed Prince Edward Island mussels with tomato & ouzo broth ($10.95)
Kalamata Pita - flatbread of caramelized onion, Kalamata olives, Myzithra & Parmesan cheeses ($10.95)
Avgolemono - traditional egg-lemon soup with chicken & rice ($7.50)
Kokkari Salata - mixed field greens with pickled beets, oranges, toasted walnuts & Manouri cheese($8.95)

Favorite Entrees:

Kokinisto me Manestra - aromatic braised lamb shank over orzo, served with Mysithra cheese ($22.95)
Pastitsio Lahanika - layers of roasted winter vegetables & pasta, finished with yogurt bechamel ($17.50)


Kokkari's Spanakotiropita is made with crisp and flakey filo.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Deserts:

Galaktoboureko - semolina custard wrapped in filo, served with a pistachio parfait ($8.00)
Rizogalo - rice pudding a baked crepe shell with caramazlied fruit ($8.00)

Kokkari Estiatorio
200 Jackson St. (Front St.)
San Francisco, California
(415) 981-0983

Tommy Toy's Cuisine Chinoise


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A dining experience at Tommy Toy's is one you'll not soon forget. The service, presentation and ambiance is classic French. The food, spices, style and decor is haute Chinese with touches of French influences. The combinatination is a highly refined mix of two culinary traditions that compliment each other and make for an elegant gourmet evening.


Tommy Toy's serves inspired dishes with French elegance.
Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The "Signature Menu" at Tommy Toy's is a prix fixe menu offered at $57.50 per person and, as such, is a remarkable value! This six course menu includes whole Maine Lobster, Peking Duck, wok-charred beef, minced squab, a seafood bisque and desert, all served with great elegance and flair.

Tommy Toys
Signature Dinner


Minced Squab "Imperial"
served in iceberg lettuce petals

Seafood Bisque oven baked and crowed with
French Puff Pastry

Whole Fresh Maine Lobster Braised with
fresh Mushrooms and young Chives in
Peppercorn Sauce served on a bed of
Angel Hair Crystal Noodles
*One Lobster Per Person*

Peking Duck with Lotus Buns prepared and
served at tableside

Wok-charred Medallions of Beef with garlic,
wine and a touch of Rosemary accompanied with
fresh Asparagus spears
Four Flavors Fried Rice

Peach Mousse in a Strawberry Compote

$57.50 per person
(all above items included)


Tommy Toy serves "Whole Fresh Maine Lobster" in their "Signature Dinner."
Photo by Michael Reiss

Tommy Toy's Cuisine Chinoise
655 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 397-4888
(415) 397-0469 FAX

 

Hot Picks: San Francisco

What To Do

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Beach Blanket Babylon


If you've been to San Francisco but haven't seen this cabaret format performance, Beach Blanket Babylon, you haven't really been to San Francisco.

The show, famous for its outrageous hats and irreverent take on every subject and person, dead or alive, is the longest running musical revue in the nation. You will chuckle, squeal and howl at the antics, lyrics, costumes and and music which will take you on a 90 minute overview of every past and present trend and trendsetter imaginable.

You will find celebrities, dignitaries and lots of repeat customers sitting elbow to elbow enjoying an evening of good hearted spoof and old fashion comedy. Add this to your next trip!


This is some of the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon with the Royal visitors--Prince Chalres and Lady Camilla.


Beach Blanket Babylon
Club Fugazi
678 Green St.
San Francisco
415 421 4222
www.beachblanketbabylon.com

 

Teatro Zinzanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner


Photo by Michael Reiss

Teatro Zinzanni is a unique, engaging and thoroughly entertaining evening combining cabaret, circus arts, theatrical antics, and a five course dinner set in an antique tent on Pier 29.

From the moment you enter you are bewitched, beguiled and captivated by the ambiance and characters. This an an evening worth the price of admission! The admission is $99 during the week, $125 on Saturday.


Teatro Zinzani beckons!
Photo by Michael Reiss

Teatro Zinzanni
Box Office
Pier 29
San Francisco, California
(415)438-2668

Culinary and Historical Walking Tours of Chinatown Presented by Shirley Fong-Torres


The Shirley Fong-Torres Walking Tour of Chinatown is informative and entertaining.
Photo by Michael Reiss

This two hour tour, culminating in an optional lunch at a Chinatown restaurant, covers the history, people, culture, folklore and food of the Chinatown district in San Francisco. Highlights include stops at a herbal pharmacy, fish and produce markets, pastry shops, temples , and an artists studio. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides make this a memorable experience. The cost is $25 per person without lunch, $37 per person including lunch.

 

 

Cooking Class with Shirley Fong-Torres


Shirley's cooking class is fun and informative.
Photo by Michael Reiss

Shirley starts the 2 1/2 hour workshop with a walk to nearby Chinatown markets to purchase the freshest ingredients and learn about Cantonese culinary traditions. Then the fun begins, as you watch and "wok" your way through a multicourse feast prepared by Shirley and the class. Woking is interspersed with tasting and lively conversation that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable culinary experience. The cost is $75 per person including all food.

Shirley Fong-Torres
Walking Tours and Cooking Center

654 Commercial St.,
San Francisco, California
(800)281-9255
(415)981-8989

 

Victorian Home Walk Tour
 

Jay Gifford, rain or shine, everyday conducts the fascinating Victorian Home Walk Tour.
Photo by Michael Reiss


 
 

A great way to see San Francisco's famed Victorian "painted ladies" is through the Victorian Home Walk Tour. Jay Gifford, himself a San Francisco resident who owns a Victorian home, conducts this well-researched and fascinating tour. You can view over 200 meticulously restored Victorians and learn how to appreciate the difference between a Queen Anne, Italianate, and Stick Victorian home style. 

The tour leaves daily from the St. Francis Hotel lobby off of Union Square at Powell and Geary streets. This is your opportunity to have a close-up view of San Francisco architecture in a non-rigorous walking format. The cost is a remarkable $20, including transportation. 

Victorian Home Walk Tour
(415) 252-9485 
 

City Guides Free Walking Tours

Get to know the heart and soul of San Francisco by exploring the city on foot. Knowledgeable and entertaining volunteer tour guides share secrets, stories, history, lore and more. Call City Guides for the current schedule which includes: "City Scapes and Public Places" ; "Art Deco Marina" ; "Haight-Ashbury" etc.

City Guides Free Walking Tours
(415) 557-4266

 


 


 
 

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