Focaccia From Liguria Bakery — A San Francisco Love Story

We admit it. We love focaccia. And as far as we’re concerned, the best place to get focaccia is at Liguria Bakery in North Beach.

The shop has been making this most perfect bread in the same location since 1911. When Ambrogio Soracco opened the place with two brothers he helped immigrate from Liguria, it was just another corner bakery in a crowded Italian neighborhood.

Now, his decedents run the bakery, and bake the bread. The focaccia they make is simple, yet somehow absolutely perfect. The San Francisco Chronicle just published a story that describes the bakery’s origins, and talks about the challenges it has faced — past and present.

Decendent Mary Gebhardt is quoted in the piece, saying, “Focaccia, everybody makes it now. But they make it to last for a few weeks. Ours has no preservatives. Today is today! Tomorrow it’s just OK. There’s a big difference.”

To read the entire feature, click here. But better yet, get yourself over to Liguria Bakery if you’ve never been, and discover what truly great focaccia tastes like!

Liguria Bakery 1700 Stockton Street

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Wholesome Bakery Opens for Gluten-Free, Vegan Goodies

Owner Mandy Harper founded Wholesome Bakery in 2009 after developing recipes specified to meet her own dietary needs. Until now, according to SF.Eater.com, she operated a counter inside Mission District retail store Alite, and provided sweet treats to stores throughout the City.

She’s now closed the counter and opened a cafe at 299 Divisadero Street. The inviting interior is anchored by a large pastry case, and offers counter and table seating for dine-in customers, with brunch to come.

Mandy’s aim has always been to create freshly-baked cookies, cakes, and tarts for customers with or without dietary restrictions. Delicious gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, transfat free, and low-glycemic goodies for all! Her baked goods can still be found at stores throughout the City, and now freshly made at this new cafe.

Wholesome Bakery is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and 8 AM to 8 PM on weekends. To see the entire SFEater.com post, click here.

The Most Beautiful New SF Restaurants of 2017

There was a lot to love in 2017, according to sf.eater.com. The foodie website selected their favorite new San Francisco spots, based in this case solely on their interior designs. But rest assured, at each place the food was every bit as breathtaking.

Here are their choices for the most stunning new restaurants, all of which opened within the last twelve months.

To see the entire feature, with photos and reviews, click here.

New Cocktail-Focused Bar and Restaurant Just Opened

Hope you had a great holiday!

Just a few days ago long awaited True Laurel opened, and it is really something to behold! Chef-owner David Barzelay and head bartender Nicolas Torres, from Lazy Bear, have put together an elevated menu of a la carte small plates and drinks, a complete flip on the tasting menu-only format of Lazy Bear, offering an affordable and accessible way to experience their cuisine and eccentric mix of cocktails.

The drinks and food look amazing. To see what we’re talking about, check out this slideshow from 7×7.com by clicking here.

If you love the Lazy Bear experience, but find the the price tag hard to swallow (at least $200 per person, before drinks), then True Laurel is for you. The 36-seat bar and dining room will be the stage for food like Dungeness crab fondue, and broiled oysters with lardo, all available a la carte.

Open 4PM-2AM, 7 days/week, kitchen 5PM-1AM
All walk-ins, no reservations
753 Alabama Street
Food and cocktail menus

The New Restaurant “Son’s Addition” Is a Family Affair

Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer recently wrote a glowing review about “Son’s Addition,” a new place located in the Mission at  2990 24th Street. It’s a husband and wife affair, and it scores big points with Bauer. The critic explains his enthusiasm:

“Son’s Addition feels like a throwback to another era. That isn’t a knock.”

“No, I’m referring to a time when chefs were able to open small restaurants without outside investors and with food good enough to make national news.”

“Chef Nick Cobarruvias and his wife, Anna Sager Cobarruvias, have created on 24th Street in the Mission a restaurant that feels akin to small-scale places with big impact such as Delfina when it opened nearly 20 years ago, Frances when it opened nine years ago, and Rich Table, which debuted five years ago.”

“In each generation there are a few of these gems, but they appear less frequently today as rents and labor costs skyrocket. When I see places like Son’s Addition coming onto the scene, I have hope.”

To read the entire column, click here.

Son’s Addition 2990 24th Street

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 5PM to 10PM , Thursday – Saturday 5PM to 11PM Reservations: 415.500.2817 info@sonsaddition.com

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.

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.