Pearson & Co, a la Chef Josef
Apr12

Pearson & Co, a la Chef Josef

After 40 years in the kitchen, Josef Keller just can’t take retirement seriously. Keller closed Josef’s at the La Rose Hotel in April 2010 after decades of running Santa Rosa restaurants. Six months later, the 58-year-old was revamping the menus of the county’s largest meal-provider, Meals on Wheels. After a brief retirement, he’s back in the kitchens again. Perhaps his biggest project to date: Taking over...

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Bubbaque | Petaluma
Mar22

Bubbaque | Petaluma

It was an even toss whether we were going to brave an entrance into Bubbaque’s in Petaluma. On the plus side were three meat smokers belching away on the front lawn despite the rain. On the minus side it’s located inside a frozen burrito, Skoal and beer mart on the outskirts of Petaluma. And everyone in the parking lot was wearing camo. This was either going to be the best barbecue ever. Or the worst. Fortunately for our...

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries | Santa Rosa
Feb16

Five Guys Burgers & Fries | Santa Rosa

Though the night was rainy and cold, five BiteClubbers braved the elements, the hoards and threats of impending indigestion to get the skinny on Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Santa Rosa’s first outpost of this east coast, Obama-favorite. What we do, we do for you. At the Five Guys table, a very pregnant Jennifer (to gauge the restaurant’s crave-worthiness); Chef Evan for the culinary worthiness; burger aficionado (and...

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Fresh by Lisa Hemenway: PIX

BiteClub’s been reporting on Lisa Hemenway’s new venture, Fresh, for several months now. But last night was the first time I’ve seen the market/restaurant in full swing since opening in late September. It’s been a work-in-progress for a few weeks as staff were trained, shelves stocked and the in-store restaurant worked out. But on a bustling Wednesday night, the restaurant was at capacity, with locals munching...

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Worth Our Weight | Santa Rosa
Sep21

Worth Our Weight | Santa Rosa

You know you’re old when you start applauding teens working a long Sunday kitchen shift at Worth Our Weight. And even older when you force your own teenager to observe this kind of unnatural behavior. “See,” you say, “this is an example of hard work. You may want to try it out sometime.” Sigh. Eye roll. Sigh. But the message sinks in between bites of lox and bagels; huevos rancheros with pulled pork and...

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Friday Foodcart Fiesta: SF’s Off the Grid
Aug16

Friday Foodcart Fiesta: SF’s Off the Grid

The wagons have circled around the coolest food scene in the Bay Area — the Friday night foodcart extravaganza in Fort Mason called Off the Grid. And SoCo is solidly representing. The idea: Somewhere between 15 and 20 of the best street food trucks ’round SF and beyond roll up into the Marina parking lot between 5 and 9pm on Friday evening, forming a tight ring of squeal-worthy eats at rock-bottom prices. Add some...

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