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Ijji (Sushi) – Lower Haight, San Francisco

Ijji

252 Divisadero Street

Ijji, from the owners of Saru Sushi Bar, is yet another sushi joint riding the wave that is crashing into the Bay Area.  Serving nigiri only in the edomae style with most of the fish coming directly from Japan, Ijji is competing in the “high end” space where one piece will set you back $7-10 on average.

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Lazy Bear – The Mission, San Francisco

Lazy Bear

3416 19th Street
lazybearsf.com
@lazybearsf

It is seldom that a restaurant is as universally praised, so quickly after opening, as Lazy Bear is.  Articles and blogs alike shower Lazy Bear with positive comments about the amazing and innovative dishes and an overall fantastic communal dining experience.  Scoring a seat, especially on a weekend, can be a challenge – but having finally done so we  were absolutely stoked to check out the most hyped up place in the city.

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The Progress – Western Addition, San Francisco

The Progress

1525 Fillmore Street
theprogress-sf.com
@theprogress_sf

The Progress – quite possibly the most hyped 2014 restaurant opening in all of the Bay Area – is the second offering from the husband and wife team of Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski.  Located next door to their critically acclaimed and  impossible to get a reservation at State Bird Provisions, The Progress is sure to draw comparisons to its wildly successful neighbor.   But is that comparison really fair?

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Astrid y Gaston – Lima, Peru

Astrid y Gaston

Avenida Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro
astridygaston.com

On a rare occasion, a meal is so ridiculously extravagant that it is near impossible to reconcile the evening against any previous dining experience.  The 29 course, 3+ hour long tasting menu  Astrid y Gaston is one of those experiences.   From the setting of the restaurant, through the presentation and flavors of each course, to the bound hardcover book presented at the end as a memento of the menu; Astrid y Gaston is truly a world-class restaurant that, at the #2 spot on the top 50 in Latin American might actually be underrated.

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Central – Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Central

Santa Isabella 376, Miraflores
centralrestaurante.com.pe/en

Lima is secretly (or maybe not so secretly) becoming a powerhouse on the world food stage.  Three of the top seven restaurants on the Latin America Best 50 are located in the Peruvian capital.  On our stop in Lima, we dined at all three of these restaurants, with our first stop being Central.

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Steaks by Luis – Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Steaks by Luis

steakbuenosaires.net/steak

Steak restaurants (known as parrillas) in Buenos Aires are about as common as Starbucks in Seattle.  They are everywhere.  Steak is Argentina and any trip to this country would be incomplete without copious amounts of cow washed down with bottle upon bottle of Argentinian red wine.  Knowing that multiple meals will be centered around steak, picking out where to dine becomes somewhat of a research project.

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Flour + Water – Mission, San Francisco

Flour + Water

2401 Harrison Street
flourandwater.com

Flour + Water, situated in the middle of the Mission, has earned quite a reputation for the handmade pasta they’ve been making daily and slinging for the last five years.   Our first impression at Flour + Water a year or so back was good enough that we decided to return for more.

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Kusakabe – FiDi, San Francisco

Kusakabe

584 Washington Street
kusakabe-sf.com

Kusakabe is an omakase only, kaiseki restaurant with a focus on edomae style sushi.  Said in plain English, a Japanese course menu designed with seasonal ingredients centered around traditionally prepared sushi.   Kusakabe falls into the same market as other newish Japanese restaurants such as Maruya and Saru among others we have yet to explore.

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Quick Eats: Eddie’s Cafe – NoPa

Eddie’s Cafe

800 Divisadero Street
no website

Welcome to the first installment of Quick Eats – a rundown of an experience that is worth writing about but doesn’t have the need for a full blown post.  In these bite size posts, you can expect things like brunches, sandwiches and other one plate type meals.  Enjoy.

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The French Laundry – Yountville, CA

The French Laundry

6640 Washington Street
thefrenchlaundry.com

The quaint town of Yountville, located in the heart of the Napa Valley about 60 miles north-ish of San Francisco, is just like any other small town in America.  The population of three to four thousand is treated to a pleasant little main street lined with all the necessities: a couple of shops, a gas station, multiple Michelin starred restaurants.  A town like any other.

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