Liholiho Yacht Club

Liho Liho Yacht Club 871 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94109 Yelp The much talked about Liholiho Yacht Club has been on my radar since it hit the SF scene.  I don’t even live in SF so that probably means this place has made quite the splash, if word has spread to a SoCal resident about…

Cauldron 

Cauldron                                                     1421 W. MacArthur Blvd.                     Santa Ana, CA 92704                        …

Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot 1517 Polk Ave. San Francisco, CA 94109 Yelp Swan Oyster Depot is a San Francisco institution.  Anthony Bourdain has visited this place, not once, but twice, while filming “The Layover” in 2012 and “Parts Unknown” in 2015.  It should be no surprise to know the place is overrun with tourists, myself and The Annoyer…

Kato

Kato 11925 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 Yelp I typically do a fair amount of research into any new restaurant I am checking out.  However, it’s nice to be able to put my faith into another person’s hands.  Ski Bum, a long time Angeleno, is quite attune to the LA dining scene.  She…

LSXO

LSXO 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Yelp It’s not easy to justify a high price tag for fancified food from a third world country, in this case Vietnam and Southeast Asia.  A lot of times, the food is far too dumbed down so as to appeal to the masses, but then misses the mark for…

Curry Up Now

Curry Up Now Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area + roving trucks Curry Up Now was one of the roving trucks parked for lunch at Spark Social SF, an outdoor urban space in Mission Bay that’s part food truck park, part biergarten, part event space, and entirely awesome.  I haven’t seen anything like it in…

Bi-Rite Creamery

Bi-Rite Creamery 3692 18th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 Yelp Ever since I fell in love with the ice cream at Portland’s Salt ‘n Straw, I have been a big fan of ice cream eating and making.  Over the years, that has probably morphed into ice cream snobbery.  I’ve just developed a very discerning preference…

Delfina

Delfina 3621 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110 Yelp I think Triple F mentioned Delfina to me a long time ago, so it’s not really the new kid on the block per se.  The place is known for their simple Italian fare, namely pastas and pizzas.  Sometimes, great restaurants can lose their luster just by…

Zuni Cafe

Zuni Cafe 1658 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94102 Yelp Besides Tartine, Zuni Cafe is  another one of those must-try San Francisco places, that have been on my bucket list for some time now.  It’s most well know for its roasted chicken.  How can roasted chicken be that good?  I don’t know, so I’ve always…

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Alexander’s Steakhouse 448 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA 94107 Yelp I’m not a huge steak lover, but Alexander’s Steakhouse has been on my radar for a long time.  When a location popped up in Pasadena, I was pretty excited.  However, the reviews weren’t very strong and I didn’t want to pay a lot of money…

Tartine Bakery

Tartine Bakery 600 Guerrero St. San Francisco, CA 94110 Yelp When visitors come to LA, sometimes I roll my eyes at the list of places they plan to dine at.  Pink’s Hot Dog, Langer’s, The Original Pantry, The Stinking Rose, and the list goes on and on.  There’s something to be said about knowing a city…

Zushi Puzzle

Zushi Puzzle 1910 Lombard St. San Franciscos, CA 94123 Yelp Triple F has raved about Zushi Puzzle for years now.  She loved the place so much, she became a regular.  We were seated at the bar and chef/owner Roger was getting chummy with Triple F, like they’re just the best of old friends.  I exaggerate, but…