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Zuni Café

I have long wanted to dine at this highly respected, casual bistro. Many observers claim that their renowned roast chicken may be the finest in the United States. It comes...

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NoPa

This casual, fun, noisy, hip San Francisco venue located in the panhandle, or Haight-Ashbury district is an attractive brasserie/bistro with fresh, lively food as well as a terrific wine list....

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The French Laundry

Thomas Keller is world-renowned for The French Laundry as well as his other Michelin three-star flagship restaurant in New York City, Per Se. It had been a while since I...

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Charleston

Cindy Wolf’s cuisine was as spot on as it always is – light, intensely flavorful and beautifully presented. Moreover, she seems to magically give you just enough food to be...

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Arzak

Probably the finest meal I have had so far this year was the extraordinary dinner of Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter, Elena, who does most of the cooking. This...

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A 16

This casual restaurant, located in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco, features the cuisine of Campania and the pizzas of Naples. I had heard the staff could be difficult, but...

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La Tupina

This bistro is located in the old sector of Bordeaux. On each visit, I generally order the same thing, although I was lucky enough on this visit to catch the...

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Charleston

Another excellent meal from Chef Cindy Wolf, who sent out some complimentary hors d’oeuvres that included wonderfully sweet, fleshy mussels encased in smoky bacon as well as one of her...

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Crystal Jade

Crystal Jade is part of a chain of restaurants with branches in Hong Kong as well as Jakarta and Saigon. It serves basically Shanghainese Dim Sum specialties, Sichuan noodles, and,...

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