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International Smoke Invites a Diversity of Opinions From Critics

Also: the impending Top 100 updates and the limits of fast-casual in the East Bay. International Smoke As a marriage of two strong personal brands, Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina’s International Smoke was bound to draw [Read entire story]

Bauer’s Four Star Favorite Holds Up After Four Star Remodel

Also: update reviews from Dosa Fillmore, and the re-opened MAU on Valencia The French Laundry The parts of Thomas Keller’s restaurant empire that aren’t in Yountville, California may have lost some of their four-star [Read entire story]

‘Aina Ended 2017 With Three Bauer Stars

Also: Wahlburgers didn’t translate well to Silicon Valley As Quoted Eater SF critic Rachel Levin pulled a daylong New Year’s cleanse at As Quoted, Presidio Heights’ wholesome all-day café, and left feeling [Read entire story]

Gibson’s ‘Whimsical’ Menu is a Critical Hit

Also: Bauer has some updated thoughts on The Morris and Pete Kane finds clean eating in a former McDonald’s. Beep’s Burgers Could it be possible? A great burger in San Francisco for under 10 bucks? Eater’s own [Read entire story]

Son’s Addition Has Heart, but Could Use More Focus, Critics Agree

Also: Bauer pines for Mamacita and Janelle Bitker gets a virtuous feeling from kale tacos at La Capilla. Eight Tables In case you missed it: Eater SF’s own Rachel Levin stepped into the rarified air at Chinatown’s [Read entire story]

Esan Classic’s Extensive Menu Made Bauer’s Head Spin and Nose Run

Also: the critic shows his age at a couple of booze-forward dining establishments Esan Classic After four visits, Michael Bauer feels like he managed to finally wrap his head around the 120-item menu at Esan Classic, the [Read entire story]

Villon’s Mix-and-Match Cuisine Lands 2.5 Bauer Stars

Also: Pete Kane finally gets hotel restaurant burnout and Janelle Bitker finds Lao bar food in Piedmont Octavia Eater’s in-house critic Rachel Levin gives us her thoughts on Octavia, where the “moments of mediocrity [Read entire story]

No-Good Nobu Transported Michael Bauer Back to 1994

Also: reviews of the pitch-perfect glamour of Gibson, El Paseo’s updated kitchen and cold-skin noodles in Alameda Nobu Once upon a time, in the nineties, Nobu was synonymous with opulent, high-end sushi. More than two [Read entire story]

Bauer Goes Mad for Marin’s Newest Dining Destination

Also: Korean stonepots of varying quality and Oakland’s “new wave” izakaya Namu Stonepot Eater’s Rachel Levin was underwhelmed by Dennis, David, and Daniel Lee’s fast-casual Namu outpost on Divisadero. The [Read entire story]

Bauer Goes Mad for Marin’s Newest Dining Destination

Also: Korean stonepots of varying quality and Oakland’s “new wave” izakaya Namu Stonepot Eater’s Rachel Levin was underwhelmed by Dennis, David, and Daniel Lee’s fast-casual Namu outpost on Divisadero. The [Read entire story]

The Critics Agree: Ippudo Berkeley Tastes Like a Chain Restaurant

Also: Michael Bauer discusses the Bay Area’s four-star kitchens Ippudo Pete Kane chased the unsinkable ramen trend to Berkeley this week, giving us our second critical review of Ippudo — the beloved Japanese chain [Read entire story]

How an Ice Cream Shop Got Creative in Short-Staffed San Francisco

Salt & Straw looked outside the industry to hire employees When Portland’s Salt & Straw began considering an expansion to San Francisco, friends and industry insiders cautioned against it, pointing to the Bay Area’s [Read entire story]

Bauer Heats Up 2.5 Stars for Ardiana’s Lusty Pizza

Also: Josh Sens reviews Esan Classic, Pete Kane on Villon and the first review from Ippudo in Berkeley Ardiana In Noe Valley, Michael Bauer sat at the counter at Sharon Ardiana’s self-titled new restaurant to watch the [Read entire story]

Perle’s Pedigree Draws Michael Bauer to the Oakland Hills

Also: the latest review for the Ragazza-Gialina restaurant family and two other East Bay destinations worth a visit The Morris A year after it’s highly anticipated debut, Eater’s own Rachel Levin gives The Morris the [Read entire story]

An Emergency Food Truck Network has Sprung into Action in Wine Country

Off the Grid put its fleet of mobile vendors to work in the wake of disaster Known mostly for organizing night markets and food truck corrals around the Bay Area, Off the Grid didn’t anticipate being called into action [Read entire story]

Historic Home of M. F. K. Fisher Rescued by Neighbors During Wildfires

The seminal food writer lived in Glen Ellen her last two decades A hardworking ecologist saved a piece of culinary history amidst the wildfires in Sonoma County this week. Early Monday, flames were encroaching on Last [Read entire story]

Guy Fieri Brings TV Crew, Mobile BBQ Unit to Aid in Fire Relief Effort [Updated]

The Santa Rosa native spent Thursday morning visiting local emergency shelters TV game show host, flame shirt apologist and Santa Rosa native son Guy Fieri has arrived in fire-ravaged Sonoma County today. As local [Read entire story]

SF Restaurants Show Support for Wine Country Fire Victims

Donation drop points and teams of sandwich makers are popping up across town In the wake of deadly and devastating fires in Northern California, restaurants in San Francisco are pitching in to do what they can to help [Read entire story]

Restaurants, Wineries and Industry Businesses Currently Affected by Northern California Fires

A continually updated list The fires that started in Napa and Sonoma counties late Sunday night have already caused a devastating amount of damage. As of Tuesday morning, more than 20,000 people have been evacuated from [Read entire story]

Drink for Hurricane Relief at Trader Vic’s

Four things to know this morning Trader Vic’s Hurricane relief fund Tomorrow night, Wednesday October 11th, legendary tiki bar Trader Vic’s will team up with UNICEF to provide hurricane relief for victims in Texas, [Read entire story]