Bauer Says Farallon Is ‘Back On Track’; Patti U. Tries Tacolicious; A Taste of HRD Coffee Shop

The jellyfish lights above the bar at Farallon.
The jellyfish lights above the bar at Farallon. Photo: Jurvetson/Flickr

Michael Bauer revisits Farallon — the “whimsical” restaurant with the jellyfish light fixtures that he unceremoniously removed from the Top 100 two years ago — and he says that chefs Mark Franz and Ryan Sims are “back on track.” He loves the house-made tagliarini with shaved truffles, and writes that the flavors of the soft-shell crab over a fried green tomato are “pure and complex.” He says the grilled ono and seared Alaskan halibut dishes are even “more complex” and adds that the place is serving “some of the best desserts in the city, thanks to pastry chefs Emily Luccheti and Terri Wu.” A big win for this sometimes written-off eatery at three and a half stars. [Chron]

Patti U. heads to the Marina to try Tacolicious, whose tacos she says “need nothing” and she seems especially fond of the fish taco (“simple and clean”) and the guacamole ("spot on”) and the albacore tuna tostada ("lovely”). [Examiner]

Katie Popoff, for the Bargain Bite column in the Chron’s Thursday Datebook, brings us a brief summation of the menu changes and ambitious eats at humble South Beach spot HRD Coffee Shop. “Chunks of kiwi and a light drizzling of sour cream give the kimchi burrito ($5.50) a surprising boost of sweetness,” she writes, and she notes the long-standing most popular menu item: Chinese BBQ pork over scrambled eggs. [Chron]

And Amanda Gold heads to Prime Rib Shabu (308 5th Avenue) in the Richmond, which Patti U. once called “a beautiful way to eat.” Gold gives it a mere two stars, but seems to enjoy the overall dipping experience, enjoying especially the “addictive” condiment of “soy sauce, scallions, jalapenos and cilantro.” [Chron]