All posts by Donna Riley


eightables
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eightables

We had the good fortune to be the first two customers at eightables, an exclusive, high-end, aritsan Chinese restaurant within the China Live complex on Broadway in Chinatown.  The whole project is an ambitious one by the one and only George Chen, a fixture in the San Francisco restaurant scene...
Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Don’t think you’re going to read this article about the Panama Canal and not have to go and see it.  Many consider it the 8th wonder of the world.  Consider this your primer if you do go, so you won’t have to listen so hard or that you’ll have notes..
Smokestack in Magnolia Brewery
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Smokestack in Magnolia Brewery

We went to the SF BBQ Festival last year, and it is fabulous.  It’s in AT&T Park’s parking lot, so the crowds were spread out.  Great beer, great bbq, but Smokestack BBQ won the blue ribbon/gold medal with the beef brisket. We went with our friends to Avocado Con, SF’s..
The Wolf
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The Wolf

The San Francisco Chronicle heralded the new coming of The Wolf, open just a few weeks after its August 2016 shuttering.  Rich and Rebekah Wood took over the space from the 40-year owner, Michael Wild.  The Woods, of famed Wood Tavern, were looking for another restaurant opportunity.  It turns out..
Skates on the Bay
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Skates on the Bay

I tell you what, with the amazing views at Skates on the Bay in Berkeley, they could get away with mediocre food and service.  But, fortunately, the food and service are almost as good as the view at Skates. We went to a retirement party at Skates just before Christmas. ..
Original Joe’s
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Original Joe’s

My buddy, Paul, decided at the last minute to head out to San Francisco for New Year’s.  I hustled on back from Timber Cove to spend the day with him.  Paul’s a life-long Chicagoan and White Sox fan but recently moved to Nashville, so Original Joe’s sounded to me like..
Takuya
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Takuya

Always a foodie for me. I love reading everything I can get my hands on about the latest trends, new restaurants, and different and unique ways to cook. So, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Inside Scoop announced a soft opening of Takuya, a Japanese hot dog place on Irving between 8th..
Cala
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Cala

Hi friends, family and followers!!!  I’ve taken some time off, but here I am, back in the action.  And what better way to start than one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a while – Cala.  Even Michael Bauer, Food Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle entitled his November..
Girin
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Girin

Well, it’s been ages, folks, but I’m back.  It’s hard to focus on writing when there’s so much going on.  We are on a 6-week road trip in our Airstream Interstate, and since I’m writing for Dave (Rvroadies.com), I may as well write for sflocalsguide.com.  Girin in Seattle will be..
Santa Rosa Seafood

Santa Rosa Seafood

We were looking for a place for super fresh seafood and oysters on the way to Timber Cove and lucked upon Santa Rosa Seafood – .  Santa Rosa Seafood has it all!!  They have an amazing selection of local, exotic and other sourced seafood.  I was really pleased with the..