2021 California Food Journalism and News [SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, the rest of California and Northern Nevada]

The minute I hear the words transparency or transparent, I assume someone is lying. There’s a Belcampo near me, but I’ve never gone there because I’ve always thought that the prices were insane.

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Uncle Tito is located at 59 9th Street in San Francisco; it’s open for takeout Thursday through Sunday, 4–8 p.m., with in-person dining set to debut on June 15.

Zareen’s is on the list? While the food is pleasant, I really think the quality in the past year isn’t quite how it was when they only had the Mountain View store. So much so that after my disappointing meal last year I haven’t gone back even though I live close to it.

If Ettan is on the list, I feel very strongly that Rooh should be, as well. I like Ettan, but I personally think Rooh is even better than Ettan.

I probably shouldn’t critique the vietnamese choices of a food critic of Vietnamese ancestry. The duck congee was nice, but I never thought its enough to vault Vit Dong Que into the crowd of top restaurants.

I somewhat like the tortas at La Casita Chilanga as well, but again I am perplexed why it is a top restaurant. Call me biased, but I think the tortas from CDMX are much ‘cleaner’ in taste and don’t have to rely on an abundance of sauce.

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That effect is multiplied by the Oakland bar’s Wong Kar Wai-meets-“Enter the Void” aesthetic. The narrow space has hot pink lighting so dense it feels like a holographic fog, and the translucent COVID-era barriers between barstool seating and bartenders seem to be made of flattened lime Jolly Rancher candies. It’s enough to make you topple off your stool.

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold