Other Notable Restaurants – Sonoma, Napa Valley, San Francisco

Mariott San Francisco

OTHER GOOD RESTAURANTS and Why… Willi’s Wine Bar, Santa Rosa Foie Gras “Poppers”, Rhubarb-Ginger Chutney & Vanilla Bean Glaze 15 http://www.starkrestaurants.com/willis_winebar.html Level III Bar, JW Marriott, San Francisco Atmosphere for a Drink http://www.levelthreesf.com/ La Salette, Sonoma Portugese, delicious http://www.lasalette-restaurant.com/ Zin, Healdsburg FRESH burgers, better than any of the hot spots in NYC http://www.zinrestaurant.com/ … Continue reading

Aziza – San Francisco, CA


Aziza is a Michelin Star restaurant who’s concept was created by Moroccan born chef Mourad Lahlou.  He learned to make his native dishes with local California cuisine and the result is genius. We loved the menu presentation at Aziza. Every dish simply lists the key ingredient. This formula even works for the cocktail menu we sampled at the bar first: Cocktails – muddled herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits cilantro kaffir-lime, vodka basil lisbon lemon, basil seeds, … Continue reading

RN74 – San Francisco, CA


RN74 is one of many Michael Mina restaurants in the US. We were not familiar, as he does not have a New York restaurant. We chose to try this one over his namesake restaurant primarily because this one seemed to have a more casual atmosphere. It turns out RN74 is the name of the interstate highway of Burgundy, France. Which means the menu was the wines of burgundy only. This is a great thing, of … Continue reading

Rickhouse – San Francisco, CA


While vacationing in San Fran, we stumbled into a bar pre-dinner one night called Swig. It was a rather swanky looking place, but dead at 5pm on a weekday. The bartender was a friendly Irish chap named Terry who recommended stopping by Rickhouse the following night if we were free. So, we decided to try it post-dinner for one cocktail. Not quite sure when we left… The atmosphere is a’ rickhouse’, which I THINK is … Continue reading