Check, Please! Bay Area and Taste This Return with New Episodes

Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

SAN FRANCISCO – August 23, 2017 – KQED’s James Beard and Emmy Award-winning program Check, Please! Bay Area is back with new episodes this fall. The 12th season continues on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:30pm on KQED 9 and online at This fall, KQED’s Check, Please! Bay Area offers six new episodes featuring a range of menu options like haggis from a Scottish pub in the Alhambra building in Redwood City, contemporary Indian cuisine with cocktails to match in San Francisco, wood fired delicacies in Sonoma County, and traditional Jewish deli-done-Berkeley-style in the East Bay.

Every episode gathers three local diners cast as restaurant critics to share their favorite spots. After trying each other’s recommendations, host Leslie Sbrocco moderates a lively discussion – and sometimes contentious debate – about their dining experiences.

“First, it’s amazing that we are coming to the end of Season 12. I did not imagine back in 2005 that Check, Please! Bay Area would be so successful,” says Sbrocco. “The guests just keep getting better. They are more knowledgeable, articulate and willing to try almost anything for a new foodie experience.”

Restaurants featured in the second half of the 12th season reflect the diverse flavors of the Bay Area and include Martins West Pub (Redwood City), Red Tavern (San Francisco), August (1) Five (San Francisco), Waterfront Pizza and Mediterranean Restaurant (Foster City), Saul’s Restaurant & Delicatessen (Berkeley), Lolinda (San Francisco), Rusty’s Southern (San Francisco), Jupiter (Berkeley), Glen Ellen Star (Sonoma), CALA (San Francisco), Moss Beach Distillery (Moss Beach), Rocker Oysterfeller’s Kitchen + Saloon (Valley Ford),  Los Arquitos Restaurant (Vallejo), Lavash Restaurant (San Francisco), Sir and Star at The Olema (Marin), Mingalaba Restaurant (Burlingame), The Brazen Head (San Francisco), and Áīna (San Francisco).

Taste This, the online companion series to Check Please! Bay Area, returns with new episodes on September 12, 2017. Launched in 2016, Taste This takes Leslie Sbrocco out of the studio and into the fields, vineyards and kitchens of some of the Bay Area’s finest beverage producers. From beer-making to craft cocktails, Sbrocco brings viewers along as she discovers the secrets to the tasty drinks that so often accompany a perfect meal. Watch online at

Check, Please! Bay Area is made possible by the generous support of Integrated Resources Group, Oakland International Airport, European Sleep Works, Sutter CPMC 2020, La Tourangelle, and Total Wine & More.

Taste This is made possible by the generous support of Visit Oakland.

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Check, Please! Bay Area and Taste This Return with New Episodes 23 August,2017Allyson Quibell

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