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Week in Reviews Blog Edition: Chez Panisse, Farina, Bar Bambino and MORE!

It's Friday and that means it's time to take a look at the wonderful world of blog reviews. Know a restaurant-related blog that should be on our radar? Let us know, would you?

[Photo: Flickr/fuzuoko]

1) Yes, House & Garden has a blog, and that blog made its semi-annual appearance at Chez Panisse. But do regulars ever get bored at CP? Hardly:

You never know what the hell is going to pop on the Chez Panisse menu, which is one of the things we love about it. This time the surprise item was beef marrow bones roasted in the wood oven. The marrow bones were worthy of Fergus Henderson.
Plus, it's always entertaining to see East Coasters that don't "believe in salads" express amazement at simple salad that actually has flavor. [Dining Out]

2) It takes a Canadian to engage in a long-overdue comparison between Farina and Bar Bambino. Recipes for Trouble sees Bar Bambino as "somewhat pretentious" with the waitress as Exhibits A through D; the food and drinks, however, get passing grades. As for Farina: "In contrast to Bar Bambino the wait staff was casual and fun" Conclusion? Round one goes to Farina. [Recipes for Trouble]

3) We would be remiss if we didn't mention a certain Pizza Friday Extravaganza, wouldn't we? The Bauerminator stops by Little Star Pizza this week, speaking highly of the deep-dish gem(s), and even drops a clue to a future feature: "Thin-crusted pizza is available, but most people head for the deep dish style. Many contend it blows the popular Zachary's out of the running (more on that in a couple of weeks)." Oh, Michael, you tease, you. [Between Meals]

Rounding out the blogodome, the 7x7 girls take on a Balboa doubleheader at Shanghai House and Namu, SF Station has thoughts on Mexico DF, Fork & Bottle goes north to a wood-oven at Rosso Pizzeria and A Foodie's Guide to San Francisco thinks that Fifth Floor, while not on par with the Dankos of town, remains mighty swell.

Want to share a restaurant blog? Let us know.

Fifth Floor

12 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 415 348 1555


439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 Visit Website

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Avenue, , CA 94709 (510) 548-5525 Visit Website

Bar Bambino

2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103