Bay Area bloggers were all over the place this week, hitting places new and old, near and far. And of course, it being Friday, The Bauer takes his second ride on the Pizza Friday Express, this time to the big O. From Sens to Sea Salt, let the Week in the Blogosphere commence.
1) The ladies at 7X7's food blog, Bits and Bites, take their turn at the Embarcadero Center's splashy newcomer Sens:
The one and only drawback to Sens ... is getting to it, via an elevator and hallway buried within the promenade level of the mall-ish Embarcadero 4 building. But the location pays off once inside, where your view from the dining room or spacious patio is of swaying palms lined like sentries in front of the iconic Ferry Building.The chorus is getting louder on this one: with Dotson and Lydon, there's great lineage behind the restaurant, good enough food (including the lamb: "by far the best lamb that has entered my mouth this year"), but my: that location. [Bits and Bites]
2) NTF can't resist the cheesy puns in revisiting Mission Michelin fave Range for a quick dinner without reservations. Despite not even being offered a wait time in the real dining room, eating at the bar did the trick:
[We suppressed] moans of ecstasy as the show-stopper arrived: a small but evilly rich bittersweet chocolate-armagnac soufflé, accompanied by a creamer of sauce. And this is when we finally felt more home, home on the Range.Perhaps the most notable item here: it's possible—easy even?—to eat at Range without reservations. Mark your calendars. Or don't. [NTF]
3) The Bunrab folks get out their cameras per normal in their visit to Berkeley shining star Sea Salt, home to the legendary gourmet bahn mi:
My bahn mi ($14.00) wasn’t the sort you get in the tenderloin, instead of pork or chicken, it was filled with barbequed eel. Grated carrot, cilantro and thin slices of jalapeno gave it it’s bahn mi-esque quality, but I couldn’t shake my craving for rice to go with this unagi.The final verdict on the $14 "bahn mi": while delicious, it can't compete with the fish and chips at Sea Salt. Oh well, there's always Saigon Sandwiches. [Daily Feed]
ELSEWHERE, Michael Bauer heads eastward to Dopo for round two of Pizza Friday, AFR goes winey at Nua, and finally, while we know it's not a blog, Bargain Bites—with Olivia Wu at the helm—checks out cheap Korean eats at Fillmore's Arang.