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Margaret Meriwether

SF Station Writer

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Artful Cuisine on the Valencia Corridor
By Margaret Meriwether (Oct 15, 2010)
Executive chef Justin Deering, fresh from two years at Boulevard after stints at Jeanty at Jack's, Redwod Park, Fifth Floor, and Tra Vigne, has years of high-end cooking under his belt, and it shows. Presented gorgeously on oversized plates, the dishes at Conduit are rich and intense. Yes, as critics have claimed since the restaurant opened in December 2007, the portions are smallish -- but this much buttery goodness probably needs its limits. More »
Good News for Potrero Hill
By Margaret Meriwether (Jun 02, 2009)
Potrero Hill hit the jackpot when Pizza Nostra moved in. With outdoor seating, a spacious dining room and well-executed thin crust pizzas itís no surprise that thereís a long wait on weekend nights. Restaurateur Jocelyn Bulow (of Chez Papa Resto and Chez Maman) teamed up with pizza chef Giovanni Aginolfi, who recently finished fifth in the World Pizza Championship, and turned what was once a French-inspired Couleur Cafť to this neighborhood pizza joint. More »
Reincarnation
By Margaret Meriwether (Feb 27, 2008)
bacarís latest incarnation, under chef Robbie Lewis (formerly of Boulevard, 42 Degrees, Chez Panisse and, mostly recently, JardiniŤre) has been one of San Francisco's buzz food topics since mid-2007. We decided to revisit this SOMA foodie mainstay to see what's new. More »
Castro Comfort Food
By Margaret Meriwether (Sep 26, 2006)
Most new California cuisine consists of updated comfort food; sumptuous, familiar, generous and rarely all that challenging. Itís the food equivalent of a big, warm hug from an aunt in sensible shoes and strong perfume. Open since 1995 and operating under the guidance of executive Chef Melinda Randolph, 2223 stands out from a sea of mediocre Castro eateries with its spot-on left coast menu. With the autumn leaves swirling and Halloween in the Castro looming, this neighborhood bistro is ripe for a visit. More »
Bountiful Basque
By Margaret Meriwether (Jul 17, 2006)
Hugging the corner on an unassuming street in SOMA, Fringale serves refined Basque fare with little fanfare. Made a foodie haven during the dot-com era by local star Chef Gerald Hirigoyen (Piperade, Bocadillos), the small bistro is now helmed by Parisian-trained Chef Thierry Clement (Le Charm, Elizabeth Daniel, Frisson). Understated delights appeal to the senses, from the silent swing of the front door to the satisfying heft of the knife and the bone-deep contentment at the end of a memorable meal. More »
Haute Cuisine at Neighborhood Prices
By Margaret Meriwether (Jun 21, 2006)
From the outside, the low-key, understated awning does not draw attention to Senses, a hot new Mission eatery located in the space formerly occupied by Watercress (and before that, Watergate). While friends have reported spotty service at Senses, many of the dishes here are on par with the haute cuisine of Restaurant Michael Mina, Frisson, and other super high-end restaurants -- but at a neighborhood price point. More »
Translated, Charming French
By Margaret Meriwether (May 03, 2005)
Even in 1910, as the sun would set and the air would cool over this small town only ten miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, denizens would descend on the Blue Rock Inn located in the heart of downtown Larkspur for an evening meal. It became a popular nightly gathering place not only for locals, but also for many Bay Area residents in search of fine dining in one of the Bay Area's most picturesque small towns. More »
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