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POSTED February 26, 2015

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company

There's a new brewpub in the town, and we're guessing we'll quickly become regulars. The Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company opened its doors last Thursday, headed by Hilary Passman Cherniss of the beloved Devil's Teeth Baking Company. There are five house beers available, courtesy of Aaron Weshnak, who cut his teeth at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. Food offerings come from Gavin Braid (Mikkeller, Quince) and include beer-friendly fare like a meat and cheese board ($24), beer-braised pork with Sriracha spaetzle ($26), pan-seared McFarland Springs trout with bubble and squeak ($27), and grilled flatbreads ($11 to $14). Lunch and brunch are forthcoming, and there's a kids' menu for the beer-loving parents out there. 

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POSTED February 19, 2015


It's a universally acknowledged truth that you can never have too much pie—particularly when that pie is some of the best in the Bay Area. Meet PieTisserie, the brand-new brick-and-mortar location from Oakland pie maven (and San Francisco native) Jaynelle St. Jean, whose pies have long been popping up around town and now have a home of their own in East Lake. Flavors will rotate monthly, and will be available for preorder (and sold by the slice in the shop). Expect untraditional flavor combinations like mojito custard, seasonal delicacies in the form of Meyer lemon and spiced apple, and St. Jean's now-signature standouts, which include chocolate cream pretzel and Okinawan sweet potato.

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POSTED February 12, 2015

Al's Place

When we heard Aaron London, a star chef at now-closed Ubuntu in Napa, was opening a restaurant in the Mission, we braced ourselves for an all-vegetables, all-the-time kind of place. So we were delighted to learn Al's Place isn't shying away from meat at all—rather, meat is meant to serve as an accompaniment to the gorgeous vegetable-and-fish-centric dishes London wanted to create. That would be meat in the form of hanger steak with crab butter ($16) or jowl ham with anchovies ($13), served as a delectable, decadent addition to a gorgeous "main" of sunchoke curry with cod ($17) or freshly made tonnarelli with green garlic and bottarga ($15). This, plus a selection of cold starters and "Snackles" (hello, fritters with fennel mayo, $5), more or less ensures that whatever your preferences, there's a satisfying meal to be had.

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POSTED February 5, 2015

Liholiho Yacht Club

We've been itching to type this phrase for a while: Liholiho Yacht Club, the long-awaited project from chef Ravi Kapur of Boulevard and Prospect, in collaboration with Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak of Nopa, is open. That's right: Liholiho, of packed pop-up fame, is serving dinner and taking reservations. Kapur has already introduced the city to his extremely personal brand of Hawaiian-style, cheffy home cooking, and his restaurant's menu reflects his consistently playful style and creativity with ingredients. Currently, dinner choices range from a poppy seed steam bun filled with beef tongue, kimchi and cucumber ($12) to a platter of fried game hen tossed with cashews, tamari and flowering kale ($32.50). As for the sweet stuff, you won't want to miss the Baked Hawaii, served with caramelized pineapple ice cream and vanilla chiffon ($10).

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POSTED January 29, 2015


Mourad Lahlou's anticipated sophomore restaurant, Mourad, opened this Monday in all of its Moroccan-laced, California-fied glory. Lahlou's Aziza has remained one of the top tables in town; Mourad is a larger space rich with grandeur, its basic setup modeled after a Moroccan home. As for the menu, expect Lahlou's unique brand of traditional Moroccan influences, executed with sophistication and balance. There's no shortage of Mediterranean flavors, like a starter of octopus made with chickpeas and merguez ($18), alongside a main dish featuring duck, granola and black garlic ($38). Aziza devotees will be glad to know that Lahlou's beloved duck-filled basteeya ($22) is here, too. Also worth noting is the Family Repast section of the menu, featuring three large-format dishes made for sharing, like short ribs ($120 a person), and an 11-course tasting menu ($150 a person).

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  • Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company
  • PieTisserie
  • Al's Place
  • Liholiho Yacht Club
  • Mourad


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