Nearly ten years ago, local diners turned from simply Bay Area restaurant goers and enthusiasts to amateur restaurant critics with the help of Check, Please! Bay Area. Since then, guests of the show and many other Bay Area residents alike have followed along by eating, experiencing and critiquing the restaurants that have been featured. While everyone may not agree on favorite hot-spots and dishes, the restaurants continue to thrive. We’ve rounded up ten restaurants from the very first season that are still going strong today.
The flavor combinations and subtle “kick” of the dishes makes for an incredibly popular dinner in San Francisco. Don’t miss the Tea Leaf Salad a combination of 22 ingredients and famous to this Burmese restaurant.
Chef David Kinch’s wildly creative plates will exceed your fine-dining expectations. With impeccable service, amazing wine list and an imaginative seasonal tasting menu that changes daily according to the produce from nearby Love Apple Farms.
The Cuban-inspired restaurant is a sure-to-be lively and unique dining experience. The long list of tapas to share includes a drool-worthy ceviche of the day. And the menu of 15 mojitos will transcend you right into the warmth of an island vacation, even in the middle of Walnut Creek’s winter.
In a city where food fusion is seemingly endless, this tiny Asian fusion restaurant stands out for its elegantly, spectacular menu. Our guest reviewers recommend the perfectly spiced yellow curry and the sea bass that melts in your mouth.
True to its name, Cha Cha Cha has a funky atmosphere that compliments its cuisine – a combination of Caribbean and Cuban. Known widely for their tapas, frequent visitors gush over the Cajun shrimp and Fried Platanos Maduras.
This California-inspired Moroccan restaurant serves up an array of tempting starters and favorites like the traditional lamb shank tagine with spiced couscous. And don’t forget to sample the award-winning house cocktail list.
Although the location has changed since we recorded the show, Chef Philippe Gardelle is still in charge and producing dishes from his childhood in the south of France. Known widely for his sweetbreads and for the early bird special, a three course meal at an excellent value, he ensures that your stomach is satisfied and your wallets are full.
Dishdash offers up a colorful atmosphere and a traditional Middle Eastern meal. Appetizers feature the Mediterranean Maza, a favorite of our guests, and entrees of various kebabs including tender and spiced to perfection chicken, lamb or beef.
Isa’s contemporary French menu packs phenomenal flavors served as small plates, perfect for sharing. Our guests favorites… the melt-in-your-mouth potato-wrapped sea bass, the perfectly seared Halibut and the mouthwatering crème brûlée.
Another address change, there are two locations now, for an eatery known for its authentic, spicy Indian street food… from crispy dosas and savory samosas to puffy Cholle Bhature and crave-worthy puri, there’s plenty to choose from at either of these casual laid-back Indian joints.