Bauer’s Bay Area Top 100 Restaurants 2014

nowWe’re pleased to showcase this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area. Selected by esteemed restaurant critic Michael Bauer, the list represents the very best of the greater San Francisco area, from the city proper and Berkeley and Oakland to Mill Valley and wine country.

There are 20 new additions to this year’s list including Akiko’s Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Bar Agricole, Coqueta, Madrona Manor, Nico, Range, Sir and Star at The Olema, Sante, and St. Vincent, among others.

How many have you tried any– and how many will you try in 2014? Make a reservation today to get a jump start on eating your way through the Bay Area’s best restaurants.

James Beard Awards 2012: Inside Michael Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl

We’re eagerly anticipating the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 7, 2012. To get the party started, Michael Murphy did just that. Once again, OpenTable had the great pleasure of sponsoring Mr. Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl at Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan. A fete for San Francisco’s nominees, attendees included many bold-faced Bay Area names, including Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), Anna Weinberg (Marlowe), Emily Luchetti (Farallon), Jeremiah Tower (Chez Panisse), Gary Danko, as well as Dana Cowin and a surprise visit from Katie Couric, along with many, many more of our favorite folks in food. You can see our exclusive slide show below!

On Our Plate This Week at OpenTable: Happenings and Hot Offers

Cherry Picks is great because you don't have to actually pick your food from a tree or anything. You can just pick it from a menu, which is way easier.

What’s on our minds — and on OpenTable — this week…

* Do you love your mother? Do you tolerate love your mother-in-law? Of course you do! So, book a primo table for Mother’s Day today to show up your siblings and in-laws win brownie points and bragging rights on May 8th.

* And, if you haven’t noticed all those Peeps on the shelves at Duane Reade, Easter is around the corner! Check your local metro start page for Easter specials in your area.

* We still can’t stop drooling over revered San Francisco Chronicle critic and food writer Michael Bauer’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2011 list. If you’ve (or when you’ve) been to all of ’em, let us know. We may have a crown for you somewhere. Or, some Spanx.

* This should be music to your ears! Austin Restaurant Week is on like Tron. Featuring multi-course $10-$15 lunches and $25-$35 dinners, Austin Restaurant Week runs April 10-13 and April 17-20, 2011.

* Sad about the end of Dine Around Seattle? We are, too! Thankfully, Seattle Restaurant Week is here. The Emerald City’s finest restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $28, while many are also offering three-course lunches for a mere $15! Seattle Restaurant Week runs April 10-14 and April 17-21.

* The D.C. cherry blossom trees are blossoming and local chefs are celebrating with Cherry Picks, featuring special dishes and cocktails. Cherry Picks ends on April 20, 2011.

* From the “Ugh!” files: It’s almost Tax Day. Boo! But, wait, whoo! Selected restaurants around Cleveland are taking pity on you with $10.40 menu items, this Friday through May 15, 2011! If you can expense it to your boss, you’ll save even more. Take that, Uncle Sam!

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Top Chef D.C. Episode 9: The Beast Has Left the Building

"Chin up, Kenny. You can still try out for 'Top Model.'"
"Chin up, Kenny. You can still try out for 'Top Model.'"

So, this week on “Top Chef” — my DVR failed me. Totally weird. It said it taped an hour, but when I tried to watch it on Thursday a.m., it would only jump to 35 minutes in. Apparently, I missed some major drama involving — shocker! — Alex. I also missed my second favorite critic on restaurant wars (The first is San Francisco Chronicle scribe Michael Bauer). So, as this post is a bit late on the uptake, I figured it would be safe to indicate in the headline that Kenny is no longer with us. I also figured that, instead of rehashing who did what to whom, I’d call cheftender Ed Hardy for his two cents.

Ed, they killed Kenny!

Let me begin by saying that I have never seen such a disparity in the “Who deserves to go” index as I saw between Kenny and Alex in this episode. Anyone who does what Alex did to that ribeye should be gone. When cutting large portions you must use long, confident, thoughtful strokes. Alex was whittling away at that ribeye like it was a piece of rough wood. If what Tiffany said about the striped bass is true then it just confirms that Alex is having trouble with butchery 101.

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