A New Restaurant Critic’s  First Year in Review

RESTAURANT REVIEW

A New Restaurant Critic’s First Year in Review

A compilation of the best bites in my first year on the job as a food critic.

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Ambiance Makes a Big Impression at 4505 Burgers & BBQ

The San Francisco barbecue joint's new outpost in the Laurel district goes whole-hog with whole smoked pigs every weekend, but not everyone is hog wild over the results.

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Pollara Pizza Brings Rome by the Slice to Fourth Street

This square-shaped pizza al taglio is surprisingly light and crisp.

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Fava Is All About Balance

The tiny North Berkeley lunch spot serves fresh, rustic meals full of herbs and veggies, but don't forget the chocolate chip cookie for dessert.

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Best Taste Restaurant Is a Hidden Gem in Chinatown

Find quintessential comfort foods like double-boiled soup and clay pot rice at affordable prices.

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Porque No? Brings Fine Street Tacos to Rockridge

Finally, there's a solid spot for Mexican fare — and American breakfast favorites — in what was once an area devoid of good tacos.

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Have It Your Way — Truly — At Grandeur

The Grand Lake burger joint is vegan, halal, and gluten-free friendly — oh, and omnivore, friendly, too.

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Northern Chinese Specialties Live at Noodle Home in Castro Valley

Chinese "burgers," biang biang noodles, big plate chicken, cold skin noodles, and more are on the menu.

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Meeting Over Momos at Zomsa

The restaurant in El Cerrito where Tibetan and Nepali cultures intersect.

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