You know what I love about eating out in San Francisco: ¬†the chefs make fresh food taste exceptional without having to over-dress it. ¬†And they welcome you to enjoy it in a dark, beautifully rustic restaurant where you can get cozy with your date. ¬†There you eat bites instead of devour plates of food.
On my recent trip to the Bay, the “Northern California Cuisine” delivered yet again…at EVERY restaurant I visited. ¬†¬†Apparently the term “California Cuisine” has become trite so “they” have made a move to distinguish themselves from the rest of the state. ¬†As they should. ¬†LA food doesn’t hold a candle to what you’ll find upstate. ¬†Northern California cuisine is truly distinct in its freshness, innovation, and complexity.
One need only to pick up a menu to discover the trends that will soon be sweeping fine dining.¬†The popular menu items this season: ¬†pickled vegetables, chicory salads, dungeness crab, egg, black cod, rabbit, and olive cake.
Last time I visited brussels sprouts were all the rage so I expect we will see one of these steal the show in our local restaurants.
I have yet to try hundreds of the greats in SF, but the ones I have blew my mind. ¬†Should you visit, I’d reccommend any of the following:
If you’re a local, please share your favorites in the comments below!
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