Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: To Bang Korean BBQ, Tina's Place and Hopscotch

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 11 episode 2 airs Thursday, April 21 at 7:30pm on KQED 9. See other television airtimes. And never miss an episode by subscribing to the video podcast.

Find spicy kimchee, plentiful banchan and meats grilled tableside at this casual South Bay eatery, To Bang Korean BBQ in Santa Clara. Then find great value, full plates and friendly service in Pinole at Tina's Place. Finally, its hip decor, craft cocktails and American food, with a touch Japanese influence, at Hopscotch in Oakland.

Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests on the set of the episode 2 of season 11.
Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests on the set of the episode 2 of season 11. (Wendy Goodfriend)
Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests on the set of the episode 2 of season 11.
Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests getting wild on the set of the episode 2 of season 11. (Wendy Goodfriend)

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Host Leslie Sbrocco tasting wine.
Host Leslie Sbrocco tasting wine. (Wendy Goodfriend)

My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine tips with each episode. This week I discuss: Food and wine pairing tips -- sparkling and snacks.

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Wines that guests drank on the set of the second episode of season 11.
Wines that guests drank on the set of the second episode of season 11. (Wendy Goodfriend)

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