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Michael Bauer Sticks Up Two Stars for The Kebabery

Also: updates at Wood Tavern and the Oakland Zoo’s Landing Cafe The Kebabery Michael Bauer’s review of The Kebabery is a little short on food details this week, but it contains plenty of praise for owners Russell [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Hands A Mano Three Stars

Plus, intel on Alta, L’Osteria del Forno, and some East Bay tacos A Mano Eater’s own San Francisco critic Rachel Levin may have come away disappointed by one-star food at A Mano, but over at the Chronicle, Michael [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Plans to Make Glena’s His Personal Weekend Taco Spot

Also: Pete Kane rolls over for RT Rotisserie and bone broth is still a thing in Emeryville Glena’s In the Dogpatch, Michael Bauer checks in on the latest chef to leave the fine dining world chef in order to “go [Read entire story]

Hazel Hits Michael Bauer’s Mid-Market Sweet Spot

Also: Pete Kane thinks deeply about A Mano Hazel Southern Bar and Kitchen Michael Bauer kicked off his holiday weekend by reflecting upon the unfortunate six-month run that Cadence experienced on Market Street last [Read entire story]

Berkeley Newcomer Pompette Works Up to 2.5 Bauer Stars

Also: fresh fish in Walnut Creek, controversial man’oushe in Fruitvale and the return of Iron Chef Vietnam Pompette In Berkeley, the latest project from the ever-growing network of Chez Panisse alumni apparently got [Read entire story]

Tensions Rise Over Mural in Arab Bakery

A painting of Rasmeah Odeh is causing controversy in Oakland When Reem’s California opened as a small Arab corner bakery in Fruitvale last month, proprietor Reem Assil envisioned her 14-person operation as more than [Read entire story]

Farina Has Gone Dark, Apparently Forgot to Pay their Garbage Bill

The landlord claims the restaurant owes thousands in unpaid bills All signs point to closed for long-running and questionably priced Mission district Italian spot Farina. Although it was initially a critical darling, the [Read entire story]

SoMa’s Newest Hotel Bar Offers an Afternoon of Rooftop Drinking, Starting at $1,000

A cabana in South Beach doesn’t come cheap San Francisco’s newest hotel, the 159-room, ballpark-adjacent “beyond boutiqué” Hotel VIA officially opens on King Street this month. And with the neighborhood’s [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Finally Decrees Uma Casa Worthy of Review

Also: Pete Kane names SF’s Best Sandwich and the Express finds a beer garden for kids in Oakland Uma Casa At Telmo Faria’s homage to his Portuguese heritage, Uma Casa Michael Bauer finds some delight after an initial [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Finds a Happy Place in Sausalito

Also: an update at Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen, and two places for skewered meats in the East Bay Joinery Beerhall + Rotisserie In Sausalito, Michael Bauer heads to the new fast casual watering hole from the same [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Goes Looking For Beef at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu

Also: an update Monsieur Benjamin, a double ramen review review, and taco bonafides in Oakland Hitachino Beer & Wagyu The first American outpost of Hitachino Beer & Wagyu is “one of the most confusing restaurants [Read entire story]

There’s a Milk Tasting Room Coming to Hayes Valley and More A.M. Intel

Four things to know this morning Are future generations doomed to a life without olive oil? Eater’s Kyle Frischcorn looks at three modern foods that might not survive modern diseases, and asks experts to weigh in on [Read entire story]

Duna, the Latest From Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, Debuts Tonight on Valencia Street

After six months with Motze, the couple are changing gears to a fast-casual Central European eatery After a brief shutter, culinary power couple Cortney Burns and Nick Balla have completed the necessary changes to [Read entire story]

LeBron James Scored Ten Chicken Sandwiches at The Bird Last Night

The four-time league MVP ordered his salad with no dressing In town for an important basketball game, talented tall person LeBron James stopped by local fried chicken sandwich shop The Bird yesterday evening to recharge [Read entire story]

Former AQ Space Will Become Birdsong, a Celebration of the Pacific Northwest

Chef Chris Bleidorn is bringing wild game and fermentation experiments to SoMa When AQ abruptly shuttered in January, owners Matt Semmelhack and Mark Liberman of Mercer Restaurant Group blamed rising costs and dwindling [Read entire story]

Roy Choi Discusses Locol’s Future and More A.M. Intel

Four things to know this morning How The Melt failed to disrupt the humble grilled cheese sandwich With 18 outlets in the Bay Area and former Vice President Joe Biden as a dedicated fan, The Melt isn’t exactly a flop [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Updates Sons & Daughters to a ‘Must-Visit’ 3.5 Stars

Also: there’s a Bocuse D’Or hiding in Millbrae and Pete Kane takes a trip to Half Moon Bay Sons & Daughters Taking note of the city’s wide range of fixed-price menus and his own conflict of interest with the [Read entire story]

Michael Bauer Gets Nostalgic for Contrada’s “Ubiquitous” Cal-Ital

Also: Bauer was spotted at China Live, Pete Kane tastes through Khai and Momo Chang finds locavore bonafides in Alameda Contrada Rolling into his thirty-first year of critical writing for the Chronicle, Michael Bauer [Read entire story]

Reem’s California Brings the Arab Corner Bakery Home to Fruitvale

Reem’s California launched two years ago as a food stand serving traditional Arab street foods — now, it has opened as a bright new brick-and-mortar restaurant in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. Meanwhile its [Read entire story]

The First Word on China Live From Michael Bauer Is Here

Also: Pete Kane asks “where’s the beef?” at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu China Live Michael Bauer is ready to voice his opinion on China Live, “the Eataly of Chinese food,” this week and discovers the $20 million [Read entire story]