Presenting San Francisco’s 2017 Eater Award Winners

Eater.com just announced the winners of its eighth annual Eater Awards, celebrating the chefs and restaurants that made the largest impact on the past twelve months. There are Editor’s Choice winners, and Reader’s Choice winners in five different categories.  And the winners are:

Restaurant of the Year

  • Editor’s Choice: China Live, 644 Broadway
  • Reader’s Choice: Villon1100 Market Street

Chef of the Year

  • Editor’s Choice: Adam Tortosa, Robin, 620 Gough Street
  • Reader’s Choice: Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, 300 Grove Street

SF’s Most Gorgeous Restaurant of the Year

  • Editor’s Choice: Villon1100 Market Street
  • Reader’s Choice: Villon1100 Market Street

Fast Casual Restaurant of the Year

  • Editor’s Choice: RT Rotisserie, 101 Oak Street
  • Reader’s Choice: Split2300 Polk Street

Wine Bar of the Year

  • Editor’s Choice: The Riddler, 528 Laguna Street
  • Reader’s Choice: Birba, 458 Grove Street

To see the entire feature, click here.

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Where to Dine Near the Symphony, Ballet and Opera

We quote Michael Bauer a lot in our posts. That shouldn’t  be surprising, since he is an institution when it comes to dining in the City. He is a restaurant critic and editor at large at the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has been following the local food and wine scene for more than 28 years.

Yesterday the paper published a fabulous guide that he put together, detailing his favorites spots for an early dinner before a performance at the San Francisco Opera, Symphony, or Ballet. What’s more, these are restaurants that you can go to if you’re out late in Hayes Valley — a neighborhood that has emerged in recent years as a destination for foodies.

He provides detailed descriptions for each spot. Here are some of the restaurants he includes:

To read the entire feature, and to see the complete list of restaurants, please click here.

12 Nights of Chocolate

12 Nights of Chocolate is an annual fundraising event presented by Dandelion Chocolate. The chocolate factory invites celebrated chefs from throughout the City and beyond to create a one of a kind experience for guests. There’s only one catch: chefs must incorporate Dandelion’s chocolate in their preparations. As in years past, all proceeds will go to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Last year’s event raised funds for over 65,000 meals.

This year’s lineup of chefs is remarkable — a group that has earned 15 Michelin stars in all.  For 12 successive nights, from December 4th through 15th, every experience will be creative and unique. For example, State Bird Provisions will be cooking from their just-released cookbook.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

Where to Eat this Holiday/Crab Season

In San Francisco the crab season arrives just in time for the holiday season. In fact, many people serve crab as part of their Thanksgiving tradition.

If you’d rather leave the prep to someone else, sf.eater.com just published the perfect guide to 22 restaurants serving up crab in San Francisco. It includes links, addresses  and descriptions, along with a handy interactive map.

There are a bunch of different ways to serve crab, and the side dishes can become almost as important as the crab itself. To see the entire feature, click here.

Your Dine-In, Dine-Out, Take-Out Guide to Thanksgiving

Time is running short. Thanksgiving is a week from today. If you haven’t made plans yet, it’s probably time you should! We’ve got some options for you courtesy of 7X7.com that will make this Thanksgiving manageable, whether you prefer to dine in, dine out, or take out.

Dine-In You’re doing the cooking; Here’s where to get your turkeys:

To see the entire 7X7.com list with full descriptions, click here.

Dine-Out You’re going to a restaurant; These places are serving Thanksgiving dinners:

To see the entire 7X7.com list with full descriptions, click here.

Take-Out You’re bringing home a fully prepared feast; Leave it to the experts:

To see the entire 7X7.com list with full descriptions, click here.

Ayesha Curry’s New Restaurant Opened in SF Yesterday

Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina’s highly anticipated new barbecue restaurant, International Smoke, officially opened yesterday in a space once occupied by RN74.

We’re guessing you know that Ayesha Curry is Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry’s wife, and that she has already made a name for herself in the culinary world by hosting a very popular cooking show on Food Network. This is her first foray into the world of brick-and-mortar restaurants.

According to a Yelp fan, the menu features grilled and smoked meat recipes with sensational seasonings that leverage Chinese, Jamaican, African-American and Polish influences.  Physically, the remodel of the space has been extensive, and includes a handsome bar and atrium.

Too soon for reviews, but Ayesha shares some of her thoughts about the place in an interview just published by SFGate.com. To read that post, click here.

International Smoke 301 Mission Street

Dinner service from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lunch service will come at a later date.

A Few of the City’s Oldest Bakeries Are Still Going Strong

It often seems San Francisco is trends-crazy. Especially when it comes to dining spots. It’s all about hybrid this and fusion that. What’s the next great concept?

Sometimes you just want to say, “Enough!” You want a taste of tradition, you want to sample something from your past. 7×7.com has just the thing for you. Writer Brea Salim profiled three of San Francisco’s oldest bakeries, and says they are still among the City’s best.

The three on her list?

The writer presents thumbnail histories for each spot, and then makes some recommendations about what to order. To see the entire article, click here.