The greatest places to eat — here and worldwide
There are few things in life that give us more abiding pleasure than food. Some people travel just to get a great meal. The most popular cities in the world are great food cities such as New York, San Francisco, Paris and Rome.
So it most definitely peaked our interest and prompted hunger pains when we noticed that Condé Nast Traveler magazine published a new feature titled Where in the World to Eat: Two hundred and seven of the greatest restaurants around the globe, according to those who eat, cook, and travel for a living.
Like a good meal, we thought it would be wise to share. Of course, we won’t list all 207 restaurants, just the “must eat” places right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
There are so many great places to eat in the Condé Nast article that the restaurants are grouped by continent and country, and includes places as far-flung as Croatia, Russia, Norway, The Netherlands, Bolivia and Uruguay. Here are the local restaurants that made the cut, with a comment about each.
Chez Panisse, Berkeley. “The cradle of the American food revolution continues to be as relevant as it was when its now legendary chef, Alice Waters, co-founded it in 1971.” David Prior, contributing editor
Glen Ellen Star, Glen Ellen. “Chef Ari Weiswasser seems to work the line every single night. The roasted baby carrots with harissa and crispy chickpeas, served in a cast-iron skillet, was a standout. The menu is simple, so the ingredients really shine. Sit at the bar for a direct view of the kitchen and brick oven.” Rob Blood, founder and CEO of Lark Hotels
Camino, Oakland. “I find the cooking here incredibly seductive. I love its integrity, its bold, thoughtful flavors, and its ethos, plus the wood-fired oven and communal tables.” Skye Gyngell, chef at Spring in London
Bar Tartine, San Francisco.“Cortney Burns and Nick Balla make every ingredient in every dish at Bar Tartine; nothing leaves their kitchen that wasn’t grown or made by hand, in-house. You can taste that next-level care in every bite: like the mind-blowing dry-aged beef tartare with radish on house-sprouted bread.” Michael Solomonov, chef/co-owner of Zahav and Dizengoff in Philadelphia
Benu, San Francisco.“Corey Lee’s menu commands attention, from some sort of voodoo with an unlaid hen’s egg that pops you in the kisser as a sweet hit of cholesterol, to a handwoven nori net that has ensnared a collection of miniature pickled vegetables.” Myffy Rigby, editor of Fairfax Media’s Good Food Guides
Saison, San Francisco. “While chef Joshua Skenes’s food is beautiful, it is also intriguing. I recall wondering what type of vinegar was used in a dish, expecting wine. It turned out to be fermented sea cucumber guts. Doesn’t sound great, but it was so subtle and delicious.” Mitchell Davis
Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco. “My happiest place in America to eat crab backs filled with fat, juicy oysters and enjoy a cold draft beer.” Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, and TV personality
Zuni Café, San Francisco. “One of the most beautiful spaces ever, with the most delicious food—especially if you go there straight from the airport.” Ignacio Mattos, chef/co-owner of Estela and Café Altro Paradiso in New York City
There are few things in life finer than a great meal. We hope this blog post and the Condé Nast Traveler article, whose full contents of which can be read by clicking here, will make your travels all the more filling and satisfying.
Written by Mike Consol