Four Score and Seven Meals Ago …

The dish on President Lincoln

 By Maya Silver | Editor  “My childhood’s home I see again, And sadden with the view … The very spot where grew the bread That formed my bones, I see. How strange, old field, on thee to tread, And feel I’m part of thee!” —Abraham Lincoln, 1846 It all began in a one-room cabin in Indiana that served as a ... Read More »

Hashibiro Kou

Named after an endangered Japanese stork (because, why not), Hashibiro Kou is already lighting up the block with izakaya-style dining. A transformation of the former Nan California Korean Kitchen has brought wood-paneling in for some serious design changes, coupled with sprawling lithographs and a contemporary Japanese vibe. The menu—courtesy of Chef Nick Yoon—is largely Japanese-influenced, though hints at Korean flavors. ... Read More »

La Urbana

It’s possible we’ve already downed several of Urbana’s mouthwatering plates, but there’s ever more to try. Opened in early September, this upscale Mexican destination has truly remarkable flavor combinations. Who would have thought to woo us with the likes of duck leg, Mayocoba bean spread, and queso fresco? These guys. There’s a healthy helping of inspiring dishes, whatever your appetite ... Read More »

Tamber Bey Tasting Room

A recent jaunt to Sundance Ranch has brought Tamber Bey Vineyards a fresh look for a popular tasting room. The clubhouse of the former ranch has been converted for sipping and chatting, surrounded by a 22-acre equestrian facility. That means you get amazing views north of Napa in a one-of-a-kind location. Oh, and the wines are delish, too (especially the ... Read More »

Proposition Chicken

Politics and dinner have never been more delicious. Partner Ari Feingold puts it this way: “The reason we called it Proposition Chicken is because everyone feels really strongly about their chicken choices, especially in the Bay Area. So we had a little fun using the intensity of the San Francisco ballot initiative for the way you eat your chicken.” That ... Read More »

The Barlow Sonoma

Lucky for Sonomaites, the looming project of The Barlow has come to fruition—complete with several innovative concepts. Instead of a single, stand-alone building housing one culinary concept, the minds behind Barlow have opted to created a bigger space for several restaurants. Among them: Zazu Kitchen + Farm, which opened in August. Paired with a handsome garden surrounding the property, Zazu ... Read More »

A16 Oakland

You may know (and patronize with glee) Chef Christopher Thompson’s beloved A16 in Marina, but the visionary talent is tantalizing with a new concept in the East Bay now, aptly named A16 Oakland. While the original location boasts Southern Italy’s culinary charm (with pizza and wine at the top of the list), Chef Rocky Maselli is taking the new go-to ... Read More »

Café Claude

Ah, Paris! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could linger on a patio by the Seine, croissant in-hand? Well, it turns out you’re closer than you thought. While Café Claude isn’t a quick jaunt from Notre Dame, it is a fabulous new French feature near Fillmore Street. Hot on Frank LeClerc’s menu are the same treats you’ll find in streetside ... Read More »