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18 Bay Area restaurants join ‘affordable’ Bib Gourmand list

On Wednesday, the Michelin Guide released the names of its newest Bib Gourmand honorees in California — menus with “excellent food at reasonable prices” — and 18 Bay Area restaurants made the list for the first time.

They will join dozens of other Northern California restaurants when the full Bib Gourmand array is announced Sept. 28. All told, 145 California restaurants, including 47 newcomers, will be on that affordable list. Michelin’s prestigious star awards will also be revealed that day.

Brisket, a beef rib and side dishes from Horn Barbecue in Oakland. (Photo courtesy of Horn Barbecue) 

Among the new

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A new SF bar that travels around the world, and other Bay Area restaurant openings

Missing the days when you could jet across the world to explore another country without worrying about a pandemic? Traveler is an ambitious new bar that opened on the ground floor of 25 Lusk on Tuesday, bringing that globe-trotting experience to San Francisco. Every six months, the bar’s decor and menu will rotate to spotlight a different part of the world. 

First stop? Mexico.

“Mexico was a no-brainer for me because it’s so close,” said Elmer Mejicanos, the bar director behind North Beach’s Red Window who dreamed up the Traveler concept in collaboration with 25 Lusk chef Matthew Dolan and

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This classically trained chef is making decadent Korean fusion in a Bay Area strip mall

It was the early 2010s, and Tae Yoon’s parents’ business was struggling. So the young chef left his job cooking at Fig at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica to return to Vallejo, where his parents ran Louisiana Fish & Chips in a strip mall on Tennessee Street. 

Immigrants from Korea, Yuh Il Yoon and Jong Ran Park purchased the restaurant in the early 2000s. It had succeeded for a time, but with the 2009 financial crisis and recession, the restaurant, which sold fish and chips and burritos, was floundering.

The family came together and brainstormed, and that’s when they

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Livermore besties behind Chomp Chomp Bay Area food competition

What happens when two Mexican food-loving best friends move from San Jose to Livermore?



a man drinking from a bottle: LIVERMORE, CA - FEBRUARY 1: Robbie Reign, left, and Andrew Kutsenda, right, of Chomp Chomp Bay Area are photographed eating burritos from El Cerrito Taqueria on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Livermore, Calif. The two friends have started a bracket-style contest on Facebook to find the best food in Livermore. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)


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LIVERMORE, CA – FEBRUARY 1: Robbie Reign, left, and Andrew Kutsenda, right, of Chomp Chomp Bay Area are photographed eating burritos from El Cerrito Taqueria on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Livermore, Calif. The two friends have started a bracket-style contest on Facebook to find the best food in Livermore. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

They go through withdrawal for the South Bay’s Latino food scene. For a while, they actually make the drive south to eat at their favorite spots,

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