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Chrissy Loader

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Mozart’s Un-Repenting Rake
By Chrissy Loader (Feb 10, 2016)
An evening at the opera, even a “school night” performance, promises something special. The night is even better with a pre-performance Prosecco at Jardiniere, a chance to bask amidst sweet smelling men in tuxedos and grand looking women in diamonds and stoles, and, in this case, the opportunity to enjoy what many consider to be the most perfect opera, the pinnacle of its form. More »
Classed-Up Urban Soul Food
By Chrissy Loader (Jan 25, 2016)
With the latest blast of urban renewal in the Western Addition, homeowners' (and developers') hopes are high for the proliferation of fancy shops, sleek restaurants, and at least one less Shabu Shabu joint in the freshly renamed Fillmore Jazz Preservation District. On the other hand, some people simply want juicy ribs, flaky biscuits and a classy bar with stiff drinks. More »
Locally Sourced and Local-Loving Bites in the Tenderloin
By Chrissy Loader (Jan 05, 2016)
Tucked away in the Mark Twain Hotel near the theater district, and a block from Powell BART, the small but elegant, Fish and Farm Restaurant is easy to miss. Once we located this buzz restaurant, we found its cheeky nautical-themed wall hangings, coffee shop booths, tasteful light blue colors and candle-lit tables inviting. Its menu, laden with fresh local seafood and seasonal produce sourced from within one hundred miles of San Francisco, culls a number of Americana classics meant to whet a diner’s appetite. More »
Surfy Delights in the Sunset
By Chrissy Loader (Jun 22, 2010)
[b]Outerlands[/b], in the Sunset district, is worthy of high praise for atmosphere, taste, and vision. More »
Meals on Wheels
By Chrissy Loader (Oct 13, 2009)
San Franciscans love inventive quirk with their slice of pie, so it’s no surprise to find Chef Laurent Katgely’s Spencer on the Go such a popular and talked about venture. More »
Steampunked Italian
By Chrissy Loader (Sep 15, 2009)
Flour + Water = pasta and pizza. Yes, the name for this place is fitting enough; all that’s needed for an excellent meal is this simple combination…with a touch of sauce and garlic. The concept itself is simple: A neighborhood space that provides diners with tasty Italian bites: crisp Neapolitan pizzas made in an authentic Italian oven, fresh hand-rolled pastas, and house-cured salumi. More »
Fantasy-worthy Seafood Treasures
By Chrissy Loader (Sep 01, 2009)
If you used to be a fan of the old Bar Crudo, previously located above the Stockton Tunnel and within crawling distance of the Tunnel Top, and you’re already predisposed to become a fan of the new-and-improved Bar Crudo, you won’t be disappointed. More »
Hit-and-Miss Global Small Plates in the Presidio
By Chrissy Loader (Jul 14, 2009)
[b]This restaurant is now CLOSED.[/b] The Presidio, once a leafy bunker, appears to be morphing into San Francisco's new dining destination. Joining the nearby Presidio Social Club and La Terrasse, Walnut Creek's Va de Vi restaurant family opened Pres a Vi in December 2006 in Lucasfilm's Letterman Digital Arts complex, a former army hospital. Serving a hit-and-miss mix of Spanish, Filipino, French, Italian and Latin American small plates -- and a grand selection of wines -- Pres a Vi struggles to meet the high expectations inherent to its location. More »
Double the Dosa
By Chrissy Loader (Apr 27, 2009)
There’s a hoppin’ new Dosa location recently opened on Fillmore in Japantown. And not only is the new location ideal for delicious pre-movie (or pre-Fillmore) eats, but the actual setting itself is large and lovely with high ceilings, a full bar with creative cocktails, and interior touches that meld Indian aesthetics with innovative urban design indicative of its Bay Area setting. More »
Seafood Shake-up in Cow Hollow
By Chrissy Loader (Mar 08, 2009)
Not only is Nettie’s a non-shack-like joint, but Nettie’s is not shack-like cheap. It’s not necessarily expensive either, but it’s closer to upscale than casual (and given that you [i]are[/i] in the tonier of ‘hoods, you might trade in your hipster Mission Vans for a pair of deck shoes, or Topsiders). Both of these details might be seen as drawbacks, but we couldn’t find any drawbacks in the food. More »
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