The Other Critics

Bauer Blesses Bistro Aix With Three Stars; Graue Adores St. Michael’s Alley

For his Sunday review, Michael Bauer swings back around to the remodeled Bistro Aix, to which he awards a whopping three stars — and as he explains in a blog post today about his rating system, “for a modest restaurant to receive this many stars is about as good as it can get.” Bauer calls chef Jonathan Beard “one of the city’s unsung great cooks” and compliments old standbys like the crisp roast chicken and the spaghetti with tomatoes (both also Unterman’s favorites), and he loves the “twist” on New York steak with a surprising touch of mint in the maitre d’ butter. [Chron]

Jennifer Graue pays a visit to neighborhood resto St. Michael’s Alley in Palo Alto, and compliments chef C.J. Hammer’s menu of “fresh simplicity” that “reflects his training at Zuni Café.” She loves the cheese and artichoke tart, the roast halibut, and the Szechuan rack of lamb. [Mercury News]

Bauer Blesses Bistro Aix With Three Stars; Graue Adores St. Michael’s