Restaurant Roundup

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Bars serving top-notch food. Chefs whose menus celebrate their own ethnic heritage. The continuing rise of Oakland as a culinary destination. In this hour, we'll talk with leading local food writers about the latest trends in Bay Area dining, and get their picks for the hottest restaurants -- both high-end and budget. And we want to hear from you: What was your most memorable recent eating out experience?

Spots Our Guests Want to Check Out

Ala Romana

Alta CA

Box and Bells

Leader House


Michael Bauer, executive food and wine editor and restaurant critic at the San Francisco Chronicle; and member of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee

Carolyn Jung, dining blogger at; former food writer and editor for the San Jose Mercury News; and author of the "San Francisco Chef's Table"

Meesha Halm, local editor of the Zagat Bay Area Restaurant Guide




Restaurants Worth a Drive Outside San Francisco

Farm Shop, Larkspur

Hachi Ju Hachi, Saratoga

Manresa, Los Gatos

Ramen Shop, Oakland

Sir and Star, Olema

Wakuriya, San Mateo

Places Open Relatively Late

Broken Record


Tosca Café

Alta CA and Monsieur Benjamin both say that they're going to stay open late.

Family Friendly Restaurants

Our guests all agreed that it is tough to find stroller-friendly dining options in the Bay Area. The specific suggestions they did have:

Paxti's Pizza

M.Y. China

Other Restaurants Recommended by Our Guests


Bar Tartine


Centonove Serves a kale ravioli




Koi Palace

La Taqueria Michael Bauer is a fan of their carnitas burrito

Mission Chinese Food


Southside Spirit House Try the kale salad

Super Duper Burger Serves a good, affordable burger


Yank Sing