Michelle Chan

SF Station Writer

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It's All Here at this North Beach Ristorante
By Michelle Chan (Mar 18, 2008)
In 2006 a group of friends, all with North Beach restaurant experience, hatched a plan to transform the historic -- and in recent years, cursed -- space at the corner of Broadway and Columbus (formerly a Bank of America branch) into an Italian eatery. Combining the know-how of seasoned restaurateurs such as Enzo Pellico, founder of the Steps of Rome Caffe (now under new ownership), and a Roman chef known simply as "Robertino", È' Tutto Qua opened its doors June 2007. More »
The Beat Goes on at Enrico’s
By Michelle Chan (Sep 25, 2007)
Established as an Italian restaurant in 1959, Enrico’s Sidewalk Café was a place where poets, artists, cops, hookers, politicians, the mafia, celebrities, and everyone in between could coexist (somewhat) peacefully over booze and noodles in 1960s North Beach. Last year, due to lease problems, the restaurant closed for the second time -- the first was in 1988 -- and regulars mourned its passing. However, just a glance past the well-appointed patio into the elegant new interior instills confidence in the latest ownership, even if the food is a bit uneven and the front of house staff is desperately in need of more training. More »
An American Steakhouse with a California Perspective
By Michelle Chan (Jul 03, 2007)
Located on the fifth floor of the Four Seasons hotel, Seasons has been relaunched as an American steakhouse with a California perspective; gone are the heavy side dishes and the serious interiors. In its place: more refined entrées, lighter sides, and a contemporary décor of warm tans, rich woods and deep lapis. More »
Affordable & Sustainable Dining in the Mission
By Michelle Chan (Mar 16, 2007)
Open since Fall 2006, Weird Fish has already developed a local following in the Mission. Serving brunch as well as dinner, owners Timothy Holt and Peter Hood have hit on a winning formula with this quirky neighborhood eatery. The menu stays firmly in the vegan-pescatarian range, and emphasizes local produce and responsibly-harvested seafood. Given that many restaurants charge hefty premiums for sustainable dining, Weird Fish's moderate prices ($3-12 for starters and $6-12 for entrées) are a welcome attraction. More »
New Life at the Little Fishbowl on Grove Street
By Michelle Chan (Dec 04, 2007)
Climbing up the worn Astroturfed stairs of the little cylindrical building attached to the Days Inn on Grove, it's easy to wonder whether Zoya’s cuisine -- which the owners dub as "Modern American with world accents" -- can live up to its sophisticated description. Formerly the home of Midori Mushi sushi restaurant, a well-regarded labor of love by local restaurateur Gerard Dumuk, Zoya came as a welcome surprise in 2006 when it opened across from the new-ish location of Oxenrose hair salon. More »
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