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The Growlers’ Arms Masters British Pub Cooking

The Growlers’ Arms walks a tightrope between its casual, rustic feel and its elevated intentions, but it puts to rest once and for all the outdated and dimwitted stereotypes of bad English and Irish cooking.
January 15, 2015

Shaking Up Lakeshore at Shakewell

The Iberian-Mediterranean trend lands near the lake.
December 22, 2014

Shaking Up Lakeshore at Shakewell

The Iberian-Mediterranean trend lands lakeside.
December 02, 2014

Oysters on the Waterfront

December 01, 2014

Oysters on the Waterfront

Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House bridges ultra-cool with old school.
November 01, 2014

Nido Kitchen & Bar Ups the Ante

Every so often, my relationship with a cuisine gets rebooted, and I’ll think of that food—Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, or Basque, for instance—as my all-time favorite. Nido Kitchen & Bar, where Robin and I finally ate this summer, more than a year and a half after Sylvia and Cory McCollow opened it (hey, we’ve been busy), is the latest pivot point in my dining preferences.
October 10, 2014

Nido Kitchen & Bar Ups the Ante

Every so often, my relationship with a cuisine gets rebooted, and I’ll think of that food—Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, or Basque, for instance—as my all-time favorite. Nido Kitchen & Bar, where Robin and I finally ate this summer, more than a year and a half after Sylvia and Cory McCollow opened it (hey, we’ve been busy), is the latest pivot point in my dining preferences.
October 02, 2014

Dragon Gate Does Street-Style Taiwanese

Deep in Dragon Gate Bar & Grille’s multisection menu, I found the dish that called my name: Idiot Noodle. It also brought to mind my friend Tim Ware’s composition, "Idiot Glee," and held out the irresistible promise of "street-style" dry noodles with braised ground pork.
September 04, 2014

Dragon Gate Does Street-style Taiwanese

Deep in Dragon Gate Bar & Grille’s multisection menu, I found the dish that called my name: Idiot Noodle. It also brought to mind my friend Tim Ware’s composition, "Idiot Glee," and held out the irresistible promise of "street-style" dry noodles with braised ground pork.
September 03, 2014

Recently Visited Restaurants

Dining out in Berkeley, Temescal, Grand Lake, and Uptown
September 03, 2014