Monday, May 28, 2007

San Francisco's Best Restaurant

San Francisco is one of the best eating towns in the country. With over 3,000 restaurants, San Francisco is said to have more restaurants per capita than any city in the United States. San Franciscans talk about restaurant openings and closings like Bostonians talk about the fate of their beloved Red Sox.

One of the questions I frequently get on tour is, "What are the best restaurants in San Francisco?" Of course, the answer is subjective. My long-time favorite is Restaurant Gary Danko. However, I recently ate at Michael Mina and feel that it is a close second to Danko.

The "Michelin Red Guide 2007 San Francisco" gives two stars to only two restaurants in San Francisco: Michael Mina and Aqua. (Michelin reserves its top rating of three stars to only one restaurant -- The French Laundry in Yountville in the Napa Valley.)

The "2007 Zagat Guide's" top-rated restaurant in San Francisco is Gary Danko, which receives 29 points for its food. Fleur de Lys, La Folie, Michael Mina., Little Star Pizza, The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Quince, Masa's, Boulevard, Coi, and Tartine Bakery are all tied with 27 points. Aqua is one of many restaurants with 26 points.

The "San Francisco Chronicle's" top rating is four stars. Only three San Francisco restaurants get top marks from our local daily: Fleur de Lys, La Folie, and The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton. Aqua and Gary Danko get just 3.5 stars.

So what's the best restaurant in San Francisco? Come visit and pick your favorite. If you want some help planning your visit, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A Fix for Chocoholics

Chocoholics can have a field day in San Francisco. Bakeries offer great chocolate pastries and cakes. There are a number of confectioners producing superb chocolate candies. One of my favorites is XOX Truffles in North Beach. This small shop produces over 20 different flavors of truffles. These are not the large, cream-filled truffles that we usually see. Rather, XOX produces small, bite-sized morsels. One or two of these rich, creamy delights is enough to keep any chocoholic happy for the day.

Truffles are sold individually or by weight. XOX is located at 754 Columbus Avenue, between Filbert and Greenwich Streets in North Beach. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. form Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, hours are 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to take a chocolate tour of San Francisco that focuses on the city's many purveyors of wonderful pastries and candies, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.