Virginia Miller

Appetite: Don't forget to remember -- Mission Beach Cafe

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In the wake of last year's closings, at the beginning of the year I began reflecting on those neighborhood spots or classic restaurants we often forget are there but don't want to lose. From time to time, I share reviews of places we'd do well to re-visit... or get to for the first time. They might be receiving a fresh infusion of flavor from recent chef or menu changes, or remain noteworthy, despite floods of new openings and (over)hyped hot spots. Read more »

Appetite: Rogue wines and hearty burgers

B3 and the Winemaker's Speakeasy put a punk spin on rare corks

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B3 -- or B-cubed, as in "Bottles, Burgers and Bites" -- should finally see the light of day on July 20 (call to confirm as this is the hoped-for grand opening). I had the privilege a couple months ago of being part of a test dinner for B3, which set up shop in the former Senses space on Valencia, redone in warm, neutral tones. I’m delighted to give you the preview scoop (see original details in The Perfect Spot), as I have been following this concept since inception. Read more »

Appetite: Bar buzz

The latest in seasonal drink menus and pop-up bars 

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Shuffling action around SF's best bars has been steady in recent weeks: Neyah White leaves Nopa to become Yamazaki's brand ambassador, Brooke Arthur exits Range to head up the bar at brand new Prospect, Reza Esmali departs Smuggler's Cove to revamp Long Bar on Fillmore, Steven Liles journeys from Fifth Floor over to Smuggler's Cove... Thankfully, there are others holding steady offering new seasonal menus or launching a new pop-up bar: Read more »

Appetite: More intriguing June openings

Skool, Roam, and Spice Kit roar out of the gate

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It's been an exhausting, thrilling whirl of new openings this month (check out last week's Appetite). As usual, I hit most new SF openings right away, then continue to revisit as they settle in (if they are worth revisiting, which is often the case). Here's an initial take on more recent openings. For further details, check out my upcoming July 1st issue of The Perfect Spot) Read more »

Appetite: Intriguing June openings

Prospect, Saison, and Hooker's Sweet Treats draw us in at first taste

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It's been an exhausting, thrilling whirl of new openings in SF this month. And it's not quite over yet... as usual, I hit most new SF openings right away, then continue to revisit as they settle in (if they are worth revisiting, which is often the case). Here's a quick, initial take on openings of the past week or two, with more to come next week (for more details, check out my upcoming July 1st issue of The Perfect Spot): Read more »

Appetite: Elizabeth Falkner's fantastic new dessert menu at Bubble Lounge

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Elizabeth Falkner is easily one of the widely acknowledged pastry greats in the US and chef of two SF restaurants, including Citizen Cake, which is moving to Fillmore Street, hopefully open by the beginning of July. Bubbly lover Falkner has created something sweet at Bubble Lounge, eager to take on creating desserts meant to pair with champagne/sparkling wine. Read more »

Appetite: NYC food cheat sheet, part one

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During my latest visit to my beloved New York for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I spent eight days gleefully eating my way around the city, as I have done on countless trips past. I am continually asked for NY recommends as many of us in the Bay Area are either East Coast transplants, do business in both cities, or are savvy frequent travelers to the Big Apple. Read more »

Appetite: 3 recent opening worth checking out

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Out of all the new additions to our food and drink scene last month -- and there were quite a few -- these spots launch with the promise of becoming SF classics. As always, read more about restaurants, bars, travel, food and drink in my newsletter, The Perfect Spot.

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Appetite: Persian Pub Grub paired beer and wine with Iranian bar food

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It's joy when our city's food and drink greats team up to form something unique. Such was Zaré at Flytrap's three nights of Persian Pub Grub, as envisioned by Zare's chef/owner, Hoss Zaré, and Monk's Kettle's Sayre Piotrkowski and Ryan Corbett.Read more »

Appetite: Celebrating Sailor Jerry, tattooist and rum

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What do tatooing and rum have to with each other? Well, there's a rum named after one of the most legendary tattoo artists of all time, Sailor Jerry. It's his own personal recipe, distilled in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is truly a beaut. Bracingly strong at 92 proof, it's got a spiced, caramel burn that goes down smooth on its own as it does in a cocktail (Dark & Stormy, anyone?) It lingers pleasantly while also delivering a punch. Kind of like the colorful Jerry himself? Read more »