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The jam-packed affair was one of Boston’s hottest events this Columbus Day Weekend.

Friday 1:

Shishito Peppers with Chorizo, Almonds, Rosemary, and Toasted Garlic by JBF Award-winning chef Ana Sortun.

Friday 2:

Hamachi Sashimi with Sea Urchin and Ceviche Dressing by JBF Award-winning chef Tim Cushman.

Friday 3:

Cassie Piuma’s Biscuits and Gravy > Smoked Lamb Shoulder with Avgolemono and Wild Greek Spices.

Friday 4:

Justin Shoults’s Monkfish Duo > Cider-Braised Tail and Smoked Liver Sausage with Turnips, Pear and Caviar.

Friday 5:

JBF Award-winner and Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardin’s Rabbit Terrine with Chanterelle Escabèche.

Friday 6:

Local Star Matt Jennings’s Vegetables and Fruits with Coppa, Smoked Pork Fat and Malt Vinegar Emulsion.

Friday 7:

The Langham’s Mark Sapienza’s Baked Baldwin Apple-Spiced Walnut Cake with Candy Cap Mushroom Ice Cream and Apple Jack Caramel.

Friday 8:

All-Star Traci Des Jardins and Local Star Matt Jennings playing around after dinner.

Friday 9:

Left to right: Mark Sapienza, Matt Jennings, Justin Shoults, Tim Cushman, Traci Des Jardins, Izabela Wojcik, Ana Sortun, and Cassie Piuma.

Saturday 1:

All-Star Traci Des Jardins’s Lamb Chops with Salsa Verde and Polenta at the Sur La Table cooking demo.

Saturday 2:

Tony Maws grinding lamb for his sliders at the Sur La Table cooking demo.

Saturday 3:

Tony Maws’s final product: Lamb Sliders with Spiced Kefir Sauce.


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


LocalEats 2012 list of best San Francisco restaurants

Gary Danko Tops Zagat for 6th Straight Year

IN THE NEWS: Zagat's just-released San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants survey has Gary Dank o , the Fisherman’s Wharf new American restaurant, taking Top Food honors for the sixth straight year, also capturing the title of Most Popular restaurant Pacific’s Edge , a Carmel standout, won for Decor Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst scored for Service and Perbacco in downtown SF rates as Top Newcomer. zagat.com . Tablehopper.com visits Brenda's French Soul Food (32 Polk St., 415-345-8100) and reports: the departure of Patrick Robertson as executive chef at Scala's Bistro/Drake and Noah Tucker has left Brick Restaurant . Taking over as executive chef is Alex Marsh, who was the executive chef of Solstice . . Tablespoon on Upper Polk has morphed into small plates-centric Bar Johnny (John Jasso is the owner) at 2209 Polk St., 415-268-0140. . Andre and Jennifer Larzul, the owners of Revolution Café, Alamo Square Seafood Grill , and Blue Jay Café , have opened Socha in the Outer Mission (3235 Mission St., 415-643-6848). . Roosevelt's Tamale Parlor has new owners: Hector Flores, who was in the kitchen at Don Pico’s in San Bruno for eight years, and his wife, who was at Pancho Villa for close to 10. The restaurant has been closed while becoming ADA compliant, and should be open in a couple weeks—by early October. (2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600) . Noted closings: Mediterranean Spirit (1303 Polk St.) and Frjtz , although a new Frjtz is slated to open by the holidays a few doors down, at 581 Hayes. And there’s the new location that recently opened in the Mission. . The Contra Costa Times reports that Blake's at Boundary Oak, a restaurant and event facility at Walnut Creek's city-owned golf course since 1999, will be out of business by Dec. 31. contracostatimes.com .

The Chronicle's Michael Bauer awards two and a half stars to Northern Italian spot Farina (3560 18th St., San Francisco 415-565-0360), while Karola Saekel gives two and a half stars in reviewing Sicilian eatery La Finestra Ristorante (100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 100, Lafayette 650-284-5282, www.lafinestraristorante.com) and Miriam Morgan gives two stars to Venezia (1799 University Ave., Berkeley 510-849-4681, caffevenezia.com). . The paper notes the openings of Prana (540 Howard St., San Francisco 415-247-9911) and Bar Johnny (2209 Polk St., San Francisco (415) 268-0140). . Inside Scoop reports: Valentino Luchin is the new chef at Rose Pistola , while Patrick Robertson has left Scala's Bistro (432 Powell St.) sfgate.com . East Bay Express's John Birdsall reviews Sura Korean Cuisine (4869 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-685-8670). eastbayexpress.com . SF Weekly's Meredith Brody reviews Ducca (50 Third Street, 977-0271, www.duccasf.com). sfweekly.com . The Bay Guardian's Paul Reidinger reviews Destino (1815 Market, SF, 415-552-4451, www.destinosf.com). sfbg.com

Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va. John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere chef/owner, Mijita managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco) Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco ) Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com .


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