Recently opened Ramen Shop in Oakland's Rockridge. Photo: Jenny Oh
Recently opened Ramen Shop in Oakland's Rockridge. Photo: Jenny Oh

Listen to KQED’s Forum: Restaurant Roundup
Original Broadcast: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 — 10:00 AM

From grass-fed shaking beef to locally sourced golden chanterelles to salt-roasted pear sorbet, San Francisco has long been a hub of dining innovation. What new restaurants or old standbys are your favorites? KQED’s Forum get the latest from dining critics on the best cuisine and dining trends in the Bay Area.

    Host: Michael Krasny


  • Carolyn Jung, dining blogger at and former food writer and editor for the San Jose Mercury News
  • Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco editor for and former restaurant critic for the East Bay Express, the Seattle Weekly and the SF Weekly
  • Michael Bauer, executive food and wine editor and restaurant critic for The San Francisco Chronicle and member of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee

Restaurants Recommended by Food Critics and Bloggers


Benu (chef Corey Lee)
Park Tavern
Bar Tartine
Sandbox Bakery (opened by former chef at Slanted Door)
Deli Board
Craftsman and Wolves
Lai Hong Lounge in Chinatown (branch of Kong Kong Lounge)
M.Y. China in Westfield Mall
Charles Phan’s Hard Water (not yet opened)


Miss Ollie’s in Oakland
Flora Restaurant and Bar in Oakland
Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar in Oakland
Duende in Oakland
Cosecha in Oakland
Ippuku in Berkeley (chef Christian Geideman)
Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley
Beauty’s Bagel Shop in Oakland
Authentic Bagel Company in Oakland
Bartavelle Coffee and Wine Bar in Berkeley
Chez Panisse in Berkeley
Slow Hand BBQ in Pleasant Hill
Comal in Berkeley (former chef at Delfina’s)
Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana in Oakland
Gather in Berkeley
Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in Berkeley
A16 (currently in San Francisco. Set to open another location in the East Bay)


Chez TJ in Mountain View
Alexander’s Steakhouse in San Francisco and Silicon Valley
The Sea in Palo Alto
Attic in San Mateo
Manresa in Los Gatos
All Spice in San Mateo


Mill Valley Beerworks in Mill Valley
Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael (founding owner of member Grateful Dead)
The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur
Picco in Larkspur

Restaurants Recommended by Callers


Halu in the Inner Richmond
Arang Korean Restaurant
Ayulta in the Mission
El Nopalito
Original Joe’s Italian
The Slanted Door
Zuni Café
Goat Hill Pizza


Hot Basil Café in Concord
The Compass Star in Martinez
Artisan Bistro in Lafayette
Taqueria El Farolito in Oakland
La Costa in Oakland
Fentons Creamery in Oakland
Champa Garden in Oakland
Disco Volante in Oakland
Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland


31st Union in San Mateo
CasCal in Mountain View
Buda Thai in Mountain View
Heavenly Cafe in Scotts Valley


Yanni’s Sausage Grill of Penngrove
Rosso Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar (good gluten-free crust)
Hole in the Wall Restaurant in Sebastopol
The Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa
Backyard in Forestville
The Thomas and Fagiani’s Bar at The Thomas in Napa
Goose and Gander in Saint Helena
Scopa in Healdsburg
Spoonbar in Healdsburg

Google Map of Forum’s Restaurant Roundup
Blue markers indicate restaurants that were recommended by show guests: Michael Bauer of The San Francisco Chronicle, Carolyn Jung of, and Jonathan Kauffman of Yellow markers represent restaurants recommended by Forum listeners and Facebook fans.

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KQED’s Forum: Restaurant Roundup 11 January,2013Wendy Goodfriend


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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