Skool

Skool 1725 Alameda St.  San Francisco, CA 94103 Yelp The theme of the meal was confusion.  At first, I thought Triple F recommended Skool.  Then I thought about it more and maybe I got the place confused with Aina.  Both are Asian fusion type places with Skool leaning more Japanese and Aina more Hawaiian.  We…

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…

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…

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…

Roy’s Ko Olina

Roy’s Ko Olina 92-1220 Ali’inui Dr Kapolei, HI 96707 Yelp I’ve been to Roy’s a few times and have never been terribly impressed by the fancified Hawaiian Asian fusion cuisine.  The food is good, but it’s never been worthy of a strong recommendation or repeat visits.  The Roy’s in Kapolei, which is conveniently located within…

Myers + Chang

Myers + Chang 1145 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118 Yelp Myers + Chang is part of Joanne Chang’s Boston empire.  Her claim to fame probably comes from her chain of bakeries, Flour Bakery.  But she and her husband, Chef Christopher Myers, decided to take the foods she grew up eating, revamped and reinvented for a fun…

MF Sushi

MF Sushi 1401 Binz St. Houston, TX 77004 Yelp Houston’s best upscale Japanese fusion/sushi restaurant is without a doubt Uchi.  Uchi is probably more successful with its Japanese fusion dishes than its classic sushi.  Now there is MF Sushi here to fill that void.  The restaurant is strikingly modern, elegant, and unarguably beautiful.  The sushi bar is…

O Ya

O Ya 9 E St Pl Boston, MA 02111 YelpI didn’t know much about the Boston dining scene, so I let The Annoyer pick this place.  Of course it’s sushi because there’s nothing The Annoyer loves more than thinly sliced raw fish.  I did some research and found that my trusty Boston blogger, Tiny Urban…

Star Noodle

Before Sheldon Simeon took home the title of Top Chef, he was the executive chef of Star Noodle. I’m not sure if the place was as popular before or after his win, but it has 2679 reviews on Yelp averaging 4 stars now. That’s pretty stellar.  In any case, multiple friends have tried this place…

Migrant

Most of our dinner reservations were made with recommendations from The Annoyer who has been to Maui now 6 times. But Migrant was a place of my choosing based on Yelp and Top Chef. The chef/owner here is none other than winner of season 10, Sheldon Simeon, the surprise dark horse who shocked many by…

Uchi

Uchi 904 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77006 uchirestaurants.com Yelp Bair Hugger Deluxe made sure Uchi was the first dinner I had in Houston.  I guess it’s a big deal here.  It is in Austin, where it was first opened up by Chef Tyson Cole.  He won Best Chef Southwest in 2011.  Uchi and its sister…

4th Street Market

Growing up in Orange County, Santa Ana was NEVER the place to be.  In fact, it was the place you wanted to avoid if you valued your money, valuables, and safety.  My how the world, has changed.  Santa Ana is now like one of the many small pockets of hipster-dom in Orange County.  It’s one…