Michael Bauer’s picks for best restaurants near Union Square
San Francisco Chronicle
Even after 20 years this Italian-inspired restaurant looks fresh and features a grown-up brasserie atmosphere for lunch or a full-on dinner. Check out the fritto misto, carpaccio, pasta and Cobb salad (at lunch).
Best Things To Eat In San Francisco
Saffron linguine & clams - When you need to escape the schlock of Union Square tourists and shopping (see: always), duck into the Sir Francis Drake’s restaurant for some handmade pasta. The linguine is infused with saffron for an unbelievable golden color and rich flavor, an elegant bed for garlic-amped Manila clams, roasted tomato, white wine, and spicy Calabrian chile.
The most interesting Negroni-themed foods en route to San Francisco for Negroni Week
Scala’s Bistro - White Chocolate Negroni Truffle, served with a Negroni cocktail ($11).
Chefs Pick Their 11 Favorite San Francisco Burgers
For a petite burger that will fill you up without weighing you down, chefs depend on this local mini-chain's mini-burger. "It's just enough burger that you can be extravagant with the toppings," says Kimberly Bugler of Scala's Bistro, who adds bacon, avocado, cheddar, and egg to hers.
In memoriam: Bay Area food personalities who died in 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
The Bay Area food community lost a number of well-loved members in 2014. We’ll remember: Donna Scala
Bay Area Holiday Dining Survival Guide
Scala’s Bistro in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel brings back their “Tea Under the Tree”, serving tea sandwiches, tea breads (like cranberry walnut scones with lemon curd), petit fours, carrot cake Madeleines, raspberry linzer bars, candy cane meringues and more, all enjoyed by the fireplace around their 27-foot Christmas tree.
The Best Private Dining Rooms In San Francisco
Want something a bit more special this holiday season for you and your friends? Nab a reservation at one of these choice private dining rooms in San Francisco. Clink, clink.
Learn About Science and Great Drinks at CUESA's Chemistry of the Cocktail
Do you ever gaze at your local bartender as he peels some lemon zest on your cocktail and sigh as you think: I wish I knew your secrets? Luckily for San Francisco cocktail lovers, CUESA will host an event that brings will showcase great flavors and the science behind them.
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