Here is a list of restaurants that we want to try these days. (Places we have tried are listed and rated in our Restaurant Guide.) Please leave your suggestions in the comments!
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The Bay Area, California
- 7 / Seven Restaurant and Lounge, San Jose
Recommended by Christina M.
- Ad Hoc, Yountville
New from Thomas Kellar - I have to go.
- Albona Ristorante Istriano
Recommended by Chuck
- Bar Crudo
Chuck has been telling me to go for ages
- Barndiva, Healdsburg
Recommended in by Nan Wiener in 6/06 San Francisco Magazine
- Bi-Rite Creamery
Chuck recommended this over dinner a few weeks ago, and in a comment on this page. I did walk in while waiting for my table at Pizzeria Delfina and was duly tempted. Steve J. raved about the salted caramel gelato and the ice cream sandwich picked up at Bi-Rite Market definitely made me eager for a proper visit.
- Canteen - We have been for brunch, but still need to try dinner.
We had miserable service at our dinner for 2 in March '06, but have heard we need to try it again, so putting it back on the list.
Doug and the press say it's great, Chuck says not so much. Need to see for ourselves one of these days.
Patrick gives it 2 thumbs up
- The Front Porch
Tip from Claw
- Green Chile Kitchen
- Little Star Pizza
Owen says it is some of the best pizza in the City
- Lure, Burlingame
- Pisces, Burlingame
- Redd, Yountville
Pleasant brunch on the patio (5/06). Keeping on the list to try for dinner.
Another tip from Chuck
- Velvet Cantina
Recommended by o_en: "Mexican fusion? Not fancy, though fancy for Mexican food. Sorta hipster..."
The Los Angeles Area, California
- Bin 8945
Lizzie and John from OA's restaurant, opened 6/15/06, and it sounds fantastic!
- Osteria la Buca
Recommended by Eileen
- Seven Eurobar
On Food and Wine's August list of places they're making reservations
- Bleu Provence
Good wine list (OA)
- Escargot 41
New York, New York
- 11 Madison Park
Chef Daniel Humm is formerly of Campton Place in SF
Recommended by Frances
- Le Bernardin
Chuck has measured all fish against the one he had there since I met him.
- Extra Virgin
- Fatty Crab
Per Chuck: "Similar to Momofuku. Very high quality @ very reasonable prices"
Written up in Springwise
- Kuruma Zushi
Chuck says like or possibly better than Sawa?
- Jean Georges
- Ssam Bar
- Sushi Yasuda
Recommended by Chuck
- The Fat Duck, Bray
- Clos des Gourmets (7th)
Recommended by FrancesB: "...it's fairly close to the Eiffel tour. I think it is beautiful, the food is lovely and it is neighborhoody rather than touristy... It's delicious! And so pretty too!"
- Michel Bras
Chuck thinks this is my place
- Da Alceste al Buon Gusto (Rome)
Gourmet Magazine, 2/06, p.42 - get the assaggini di Alceste.
- Gambero Rosso (San Vicenzo, Tuscany)
"Could Gambero Rosso be the best restaurant in Italy?" by Colman Andrews in Gourmet, 1/07, certainly makes me think it's worth trying
- L'Orso 80 (Rome)
Gauri K.: "Past Piazza Navonna / near the river on Via dell' Orso, 33 (and maybe 80, too). Tel. 06 686 49 04. The owners know us by face and with my broken Italian - they know I am from SF....try it out. Their antipasti is THE best in the world!"
- Corrado Costanzo (Noto, Sicily)
From The Observer's "Top 50 Things Every Foodie Should Do" (5/15/05): "...The ices at Corrado Costanzo in Noto, Sicily, are arguably the best you can find anywhere in the world. Mandarin, made with Sicilian oranges, is probably the most in-demand flavour at this ice-cream and pastry shop but try also mulberry and the jasmin sorbet that's made with flowers picked in the evening when they are at their most fragrant...
Corrado Costanzo, Via Spaventa 7, Noto, Sicily (00 39 931 835 243)
- Etxebarri (San Sebastian)Another of Chuck's discoveries
- Hispania (Arenys de Mar, about 40 minutes outside Barcelona)