Today the Three Ring Bauer Circus files an update review of 22-year-old Acquerello, post Botox: "The food has become more impressive and stylized, but some of the classics still shine, including the must-order item: the classic Parmesan budino, which is like the finest, most exquisite custard, surrounded by tiny greens and topped with black truffle caviar...Acquerello has changed successfully with the times, remaining relevant after 22 years." 3.5 stars. [Chron]
Kauffman is in the Tenderloin, talking about the Yemeni, Tunisian, Turkish, and Moroccan immigrants, and what they've done for the neighborhood's cuisine. The subject of this week's review, Grill House Mediterranean is an example, although "it hasn't quite found its way in terms of food." Kauffman recs the "grilled-to-order kebabs," Turkish pies "when they're fresh," taboule, baba ganoush and hummus. "For a shawarma shop, Grill House Mediterranean is a pleasant place to spend a few hours." [SF Weekly]
THE ELSEWHERE: The Merc files a bbq round up, giving some play to Pittsburgh's Dad's BBQ, Danville's Iron Horse Deli and BBQ and Berkeley's Ironwood BBQ; EBX takes note of Rockin' Crawfish's unique Vietnamese-American style, and the Marin IJ calls San Rafael's Radiance Cuisine "an escape from the ordinary."