A delightful meal at Bobo’s Lounge in SF

by foodhoe on August 27, 2015

1450 Lombard St, SF, CA 94123 | 415.683.7007 | website

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I recently had the chance to check out Bobo’s Lounge in the Marina which offers diners the option for a cozy and intimate meal in the lounge next door to Bobo’s Steakhouse.  The name Boboquivari is Italian for court jester, which the restaurant is named after, although they go by the affectionate nickname Bobo, which tells you that they don’t take themselves too seriously.  Bobo’s Steakhouse is known for their dry-aged 100% USDA prime beef and especially for their bone in filet steak, which you can now order from the menu in the lounge.  Executive Chef Andrea Froncillo has enhanced the lounge menu, so that it now includes a robust selection of California cuisine with Asian influenced small, medium and special plates, plus their premier steaks.   The lounge serves food until 1 am in a theatrical Italian atmosphere with striped walls, red velvet tufted booths, red Murano glass chandeliers, which creates a festive carnival atmosphere where you can either enjoy a meal or wait for your table at the restaurant next door.

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We were welcomed by the manager Gabriel Alamilla (formerly at Sushi Ran), who encouraged us to relax and enjoy our meal.  Our server brought menus for us to look over although she said that our meal had already been ordered as we were dining as guests of the house.  Gabriel poured glasses of crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc (Honig 2014) and we toasted to the start of our meal.  I was eager to try the Italian Pot Sticker ($9), which were wrapped in delicate folds and filled with sausage, basil, mint & garlic and had a gorgeously crisped bottom.  I enjoyed the rich Italian flavors combined with the spicy and piquant sauce made of soy, rice vinegar, sesame oil and chilies for the potstickers, which made for an exciting exchange of flavors.

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The Beyond Ramen at Orenchi Beyond…

by foodhoe on August 22, 2015

174 Valencia St., SF | menu | website

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Orenchi Beyond opened late last year bringing their elegantly restrained bowls of rich Tonkotsu ramen to the City.  The owner Kuniko Ozawa decided to stretch her empire beyond the South Bay where she has a few other restaurants  including Sumika Grill in Los Altos, and Iroriya for robata dining in Santa Clara.  I had heard about the long lines at the original and super popular Orenchi in Santa Clara and am so glad that I don’t have to make the long drive to sample their excellent noodles.  The new shop is on the north end of Valencia, close to Market Street but easy walking from the 16th Street Bart station.  I met my friend Jaytee there well before they opened and we put our names on the waiting list, then wandered around this amazing vintage collection store that was named appropriately Stuff, because they had so much stuff!   At 6 pm, we returned and were seated right away, even though our friends Daisy and P were still on the way.

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The decor is quite modern and the enclosed kitchen glows from within like a stadium.  It is topped with two big vents, perhaps to suck out all of the heat generated by the steaming vats of noodles and broth cooking?

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The chefs did not appear to mind cooking in a fishbowl.

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Lunching at Main St. Kitchen in Walnut Creek

August 10, 2015
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1358 N Main St, Walnut Creek |  925.933.1001 | facebook page I read about this new restaurant on the indispensable local blog Beyond the Creek which shares the latest happenings in Walnut Creek, Lafayette and surrounding neighborhoods, with a focus on restaurants and other more general news.  Main Street Kitchen opened up on Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek earlier this […]

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The mighty Marlowe Burger

August 3, 2015
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500 Brannan Street, SF  94107 | 415.777.1413 | website Mr. K and I had wandered by after an event in the city and the big tile M in the entryway caught my eye.  I suddenly realized that we were standing at the entrance to Marlowe, home of Michael Bauer’s favorite burger.  Michael Bauer, if you don’t know, […]

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Liholiho Yacht Club, you’re so ono

July 20, 2015
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871 Sutter Street (@mason), SF | 415.440.5446 | website For several years I have been hearing about amazing popup meals that chef Ravi Kapur’s liholiho yacht club was serving around town and started following them on Twitter and Instagram.  I finally went to their restaurant, which opened up last year after my fine friend Brenda of Bites & Bourbon dedicated […]

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We study butteriness at SF Cooking School

July 14, 2015
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690 Van Ness Ave, SF 94102 | 415.346.2665 | website I recently was invited to the San Francisco Cooking School with a group of fellow food bloggers and writers for a hands-on class to introduce us to their Pastry Arts Program. The format we experienced was similar to a day in the life of a pastry school […]

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Brunch at Hawker Fare, SF

July 1, 2015
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680 Valencia Street, SF, CA  |  415.400.5699 | website Mr. K and I met JT, Daisy and P for a festive brunch recently at Hawker Fare, James Syhabout’s latest venture in the city.  Chef Syhabout already has a lot going on in the East Bay with Commis Restaurant, The Dock, Hawker Fare Oakland, but his Thai Isaan […]

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