Sushi and Only Sushi: Okina Sushi

okina sushi

Okina is a small Japanese restaurant that is simple to miss from the outside. Opened only from Thursday to Sunday, the restaurant is a two-person joint offering fresh fish, albeit a small selection. There is nothing on the menu that offers cooking and you come only to eat sushi or sashimi. Strange restaurant, but–did I like it?

Fall from Grace: Range Restaurant

range san francisco

How one of my favorite restaurants plummets not just to the bottom of my list, but entirely OFF my list — I will never understand. Everything about this dining experience was sub-par and the only thing impressive about Valentine’s Day at Range was the mediocrity of it all. Continue reading

Noe Valley Neighborhood Gem: La Ciccia Restaurant

la ciccia

Romantic and quaint, La Ciccia is a Noe Valley restaurant serving up Italian fare from Sardinia. Combining spaghetti with bottarga, a fish roe, this restaurant is one that everyone should try to get a glimpse into Southern Italian cooking. Continue reading

Awesome in All But One Way: Tia Margarita Mexican Restaurant

tia margarita

Tia Margarita is a Mexican restaurant located at the corner of Clement and 19th in the Outer Richmond area of San Francisco. Serving up northern Mexican fare, this restaurant offers fresh food full of flavor, and a fun atmoshere. There is, however, one server who has consistently ruined my experience — so my advice is: sit at the bar! Continue reading

All You Can Eat Curry: Curry Village

curry village

Tucked away in the Inner Sunset, Curry Village is an Indian restaurant serving up a buffet-style lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The food is fresh; the service is phenomenal; and I dare to say this is the best naan available in San Francisco, served piping hot and just baked! For $14 for the dinner buffet, this deal can’t be beat but be sure to order the salmon from the kitchen; that chef sure knows how to make one stellar Indian salmon dish! Continue reading

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in San Francisco Needs to Step Up

Ribeye steak at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Albeit a chain restaurant, Ruth’s Chris was once the staple of good, old-fashioned American steaks. The topnotch service has gone down and on this recent visit, I’m starting to believe the food level has seriously deteriorated. If you can’t play with the big boys of steak – then either lower your prices or step up your game.

Fried Korean Chicken Craze: Red Wings (Updated: CLOSED)

red wings san francisco

Craving Korean Fried Chicken, also known as “KFC” these days? Red Wings is a small Korean restaurant and bar that serves some delicious fried chicken with your choice of sauce or cooking style. Combined with a bottle of soju and some beer, it makes for a satisfying and fun night. They also offer free delivery, so why not? Continue reading

Bubba Crab of San Francisco: PPQ Dungeness Island Vietnamese Cuisine

PPQ Dungeness Island

Serving Dungeness Crab five different ways, PPQ is one of San Francisco’s favorite dining spots. While your hands will invariably smell a bit crabby for the next day or so, this is a fun meal for families and large groups of friends. Continue reading

Comfort Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

spaghetti and meatball recipe

Very few dishes are more universally popular than spaghetti and meatballs. There must be hundreds of recipes for how to make meatballs, and here’s one of mine. For this recipe, I use sausages, but basically, you can use whatever meat combination you like so long as it’s paired with a good sauce and al dente pasta. Continue reading

Last Meal of 2010: LaSalette Restaurant in Sonoma

LaSalette Restaurant

LaSalette is a cozy and romantic restaurant located in Sonoma. While offering up some delicious and ingenious appetizers and starters, the restaurant failed to impress with their entrees. Continue reading