Early highlights include some perfect hush puppies and really good ribs.
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The truck will be parked on weekdays behind the restaurant on Commercial Street, for lunch only.
There's not only great Asian barbecue in S.F., there's some quite excellent ribs and brisket these days too.
Bauer calls the last year "the most exciting" for restaurants "in more than a quarter century," meaning his entire tenure at the Chronicle. Thus a bunch of restaurants had to fall off the list.
The backlash against strict Cal-Med locavorism has begun, and the trend seems to be toward pan-regional American cuisine.
The Stable Café also got a nod for historic preservation and innovation in rehabilitation.
The five rising stars for 2010 include Charlie Kleinman at Wexler's, Timothy Hollingsworth at The French Laundry, and Joshua Skenes at Saison.
With prix fixe offerings this NYE averaging about $75 a person, there are still some recession-friendly deals out there for $50 or less.
Why are San Francisco chefs and diners so touchy and New Yorkers so mean?
Wexler's chef shares some top tips on making the holiday staple.
Russian Hill: That whole life-sized Candyland stunt went down yesterday. Not much news but tons of good photos went up on the web. [SFist, ABC] Mission All drinks are free at Four Barrel for it's anniversary celebration. There's also cake....
• Michael Bauer is disappointed with Oliveto's performance on his return review. He awards two stars, but compares it to A16 and Flour and Water: "It could be that others have caught up and that Oliveto has slipped." [SF Chronicle]...
• Michael Bauer was very impressed with Wexler's, awarding it three stars and offending barbecue purists by calling the high-end setting the "ultimate compliment to one of the most satisfying and primitive forms of cooking." [SF Chronicle]...
Michael Bauer's anticipated review of Flour + Water ensures you'll never get a table there.