Michelle Chan

SF Station Writer

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Fancy Franks on Market St.
By Michelle Chan (Jan 15, 2010)
The concept is simple: super-premium sausages with toppings, and cultured beers to match. But there actually aren't many such combos in San Francisco. More »
The Scoop on Shanghai Soup Dumplings
By Michelle Chan (Dec 29, 2010)
In the pantheon of Chinese cuisine, few foods inspire as much passion as xiao long bao, or Shanghai soup dumplings. More »
SFs Japanese Pub Grub
By Michelle Chan (Nov 10, 2009)
In Japan, the universally appealing combination of food, drink, and amity come together at izakayas casual hangouts earmarked by copious quantities of beer and sake with honest home cooking. More »
Asian Comfort Food with a Hint of Luxury
By Michelle Chan (Aug 08, 2009)
Its a hopeful sign for the culinary economy when a restaurant like Noodle Theory, which built a loyal following at its original location in the Rockridge area of Oakland, brings its opulent Asian comfort food to a new location in SF. More »
A Spot of Tea with Frivolity, Not Formality
By Michelle Chan (Mar 17, 2009)
The tradition of high tea is often perceived as prim, expensive, and even a bit humorless. But aficionados know that having tea is really just a great way to linger with friends over a tasty parade of snacks. More »
Cocktails with a Splash of History
By Michelle Chan (Feb 19, 2009)
Often the key to dining satisfaction is knowing where a particular institution resides in the complex ecology of the San Francisco dining scene. In other words, it's good to know what detail, dish, or drink makes a spot worth the trip. More »
Get Your Green On
By Michelle Chan (Feb 11, 2009)
Green beer is only served once a year (thankfully), and this St. Paddy's Day, many of San Francisco's 120-odd Irish pubs will dispense the verdant brew. But for those wishing to stimulate their inner -- or outer -- Irishness year round, the following establishments offer the real McCoy. More »
The Swankier Sister of the Potrero Hill original
By Michelle Chan (Sep 30, 2008)
Opened in Spring 2008 by the team that brought us Plouf and Chez Maman, Chez Papa Resto is the swankier version of the original Chez Papa Bistrot in Potrero Hill. Located in the newly-renovated Mint Plaza, the resto's large outdoor patio injects some life to what was formerly a sketchy alleyway, and its flavorful burgers (of Chez Maman pedigree) have downtown office workers declaring it their favorite new lunch spot. More »
Another Solid Anchor for the New Mint Plaza
By Michelle Chan (Aug 05, 2008)
Tucked away on a corner of the newly-renovated Mint Plaza in SOMA, Blue Bottle Coffee opened its long-awaited caf in January 2008. Previously, BB addicts could only find the hand-pulled brew at small kiosks located in the Ferry Building farmers' market and in a Hayes Valley alleyway at 315 Linden Street. More »
Less hippie, more hip
By Michelle Chan (Aug 04, 2008)
After months of renovations, Magnolia, the 10-year old pub and brewery in the Upper Haight, re-opened in summer 2008 with a dramatic facelift and brand-new menu. The new Magnolia is vintage hip, with antique-looking fixtures, a communal table, a reclaimed wood bar, and even faux water stains. More »
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