Sarah Sung

SF Station Writer

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Get Wined and Dined
By Sarah Sung (Oct 25, 2013)
As the latest home to Pamela Busch, former owner of Hayes and Vine, and Tadd Cortell of The Public, it's no surprise that Cav would boast an exceptional wine list (upwards of 300 bottles) covering a broad spectrum of tastes and regions (roughly 70). But what might be a shocker is that this year-old nook of a wine bar also serves a Cal-Mediterranean-comfort food-inspired menu that might tempt you away from what could end up being a liquid-diet-kind-of-night. Cav has even been known to lure folks away from next-door Zuni and nearby Hotel Biron. More »
Blending Wine Bars and Art Galleries
By Sarah Sung (Jun 06, 2011)
How many times have you strolled through an art gallery or a museum wishing it were less stuffy and more social? Longing for a flatteringly lit bar with cushy chairs sans tacky neon beer signs? Thanks to savvy artists and crafty business people who love wine and art, your wishes are granted. Raise your wine glasses to a new trend in bars: the hybrid wine bar and art gallery combo. More »
Under the Radar
By Sarah Sung (Oct 20, 2009)
Whether youre looking for a bustling date spot, a place to impress your visiting family, or a quick bite at the bar, 54 Mint is where youll want to go. More »
Opens Second Restaurant on Union Street
By Sarah Sung (Jun 16, 2009)
This past summer, the owners of Home on Market moved into their second Home on Union Street. The Marina sister to the Castro mainstay carries on the successful comfort-food theme and adds a contemporary infusion, appropriate for its neighborhood clientele. On the same page with the infamous meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and pot roast are listed lighter dishes like tuna carpaccio, mahi mahi, and a handful of salads and pastas -- creating an ideal menu for a pescetarian and meat-and-potatoes pair. More »
Uptown Charm at Oaklands Posh New Fox Theater
By Sarah Sung (Apr 14, 2009)
Almost a two years after opening its doors down the street from the freshly renovated, eye-poppingly gorgeous Fox Theater, Flora -- the upscale California comfort food sibling to Mexican star Dona Tomas -- is buzzing stronger than ever as it serves up a long list of artisan cocktails and market-fresh California fare in a glamorous noir setting. More »
Potrero Hills New Spot for Raw Fish, Small Plates and Sake
By Sarah Sung (Oct 18, 2008)
On a street with French, Mediterranean, Chinese, Southeast Asian and, of course, pizza, the only cuisine thats been missing on Potrero Hills 18th Street corridor is Japanese, until this year -- when Umi opened its doors. A casual, sit-down sushi spot, the restaurant is a welcome addition to an already globally cuisine-rich street. More »
Where Dinner Becomes the Show
By Sarah Sung (Aug 26, 2008)
Upon entering Elizabeth Falkners new theater-scale SOMA address, you feel as much "on stage" as the local celeb chef/owner herself, with her easily recognizable platinum buzz cut. Named after the prominent American film auteur Orson Welles, Orson has been luring adventurous diners since its February 2008 opening, featuring an avant-garde menu full of boundary-pushing recipes -- from peppery chocolate pizza to maple-bacon ice cream. More »
Jazzing Up the Fillmore
By Sarah Sung (Aug 12, 2008)
This massive, 28,000 square-foot, multi-story restaurant/bar/jazz club -- the West Bay sister to the original Yoshi's in Oakland's Jack London Square -- debuted in November 2007 to huge hype, resulting in a mix of rave and blah reviews for its upscale Japanese menu. Having now established itself as a frontrunner among the citys dinner-and-a-show offerings, Yoshi's has settled in as a defining force within the blossoming Fillmore Jazz District. More »
Bringing Oak Hill Farm to the Marina
By Sarah Sung (Jun 04, 2008)
The food at this rustic, diminutive salad-and-sandwich spot is direct-from-the-farm fresh (owner Sam Josis family owns Oak Hill Farm), and its all gourmet, from the greens and fixings in the salads to the sandwiches and grilled cheese panini. It only takes about five customers to make this sliver of a barn feel packed, but the end result is worth a bit of awkward shuffling. More »
Bringing a New Sense of Community to SOMA
By Sarah Sung (May 14, 2008)
Opening the massive front door of this wine bar/restaurant/caf just might be the most difficult obstacle to the evening, but once the door's ajar (often the hostess will lend a hand), the 40-plus by-the-glass wine list, wood oven-grilled pizzas, and airy dcor will make for a relaxing evening. Perhaps that's why when we visited Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant (sans reservations) for dinner on a Tuesday night, we snagged the last seats in the whole place -- two spots at the 30-foot-long, walnut-topped communal table. More »
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