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LaWand Mathern

SF Station Writer

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Divine Deep-dish
By LaWand Mathern (Mar 19, 2007)
For those who have never made it to Chicago, home of the famous deep-dish pizza, the Bay Area has been adorned with a few pizza joints that would make any Chicagoan think twice. We surveyed the inch-thick pies at SF newcomers Little Star and Patxi's, then stopped by the East Bay's old standby, Zachary's. There are some things you can make at home; others, like super-thick deep-dish pizza stuffed with ingredients and smothered with tomato sauce, are best left to the professionals. More »
Star Chef Seiji "Waka" Wakabayashi Returns
By LaWand Mathern (Jul 17, 2006)
Talk about a Bay Area foodie's dream come true. Chef Waka is back. About six years ago, SF Station's Food Editor, Tracie Broom, was writing a piece for a now-defunct magazine about Marin restaurants. Sausalito's Ondine was recommended off-hand by a fellow foodie. Expecting a mediocre waterfront dining experience, she and her companion were completely blown away by the chef's creative cuisine and expert hand; it was obvious that this guy was one of the all-time greats. More »
Chic Sushi and Whiskey Lounge where SOMA meets the Mission
By LaWand Mathern (Apr 19, 2006)
Nihon, a chic, understated little Japanese restaurant/whiskey lounge, opened quietly in early 2006 on a nondescript corner of Folsom and 14th, causing quite the buzz in the Mission and surrounding neighborhoods. The Dajani group, also owners of Tsunami Sushi, Bar 821, and Café Abir, have consistently added to the invigoration of the Divisadero strip with their hip, affordable operations. Word on the street is that their latest venture, Nihon, does much the same for its location. Despite the presence of Chez Spencer bistro, the area is known mainly for housing Rainbow Grocery and a handful of big-box retailers beneath a dominating freeway. More »
Belden Place Branches Out
By LaWand Mathern (Jan 17, 2006)
The team with the golden touch is at it again. The same restaurateurs behind the recently opened Garcon and half of the restaurants on Belden Place (Plouf, Café Bastille, B44) have transformed a onetime firehouse (most recently Zare) into a beautiful French restaurant. The only fire here is coming from the stoves, manned by co-owner and Chef Thomas Weibull. Weibull, formerly of Rubicon, and still consulting as Executive Chef at Plouf, has created a French-inspired menu with global accents that is sure to please the toughest of palettes. More »
Fresh and Cozy
By LaWand Mathern (Nov 16, 2005)
Opened in Fall 2005, Bar Crudo is a modern raw bar with a little edge, contributing to the short list of San Francisco restaurants featuring crudo, the "Italian sushi" trend that hit large recently in New York. At the helm of Bar Crudo are twin brothers and owners, Mike and Tim Selvera. Chef Mike Selvera knows seafood; most recently he was head chef at Café Maritime and prior to that, Yabbies Coastal Kitchen. Tim runs the front of the house, guaranteeing a happy, comfortable visit. More »
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