For me, dining out is a special treat, and it’s one that I want to make last. Writing restaurant reviews helps me revisit the experience, enjoy it and extend the value I get for the cost of the meal. Not only do I get the experience itself, but the recollection of it as I write it and then, sometimes many years later, as I read it. Even when a meal is less than enjoyable, I feel I get something out of it by being able to write about it.

I started writing restaurant reviews back in the late 1990’s, long before Yelp and Tripadvisor were around. I posted my first reviews to a Bay Area foodie newsgroup (does anyone even remember those?), later I moved to my website. In the last couple of decades, however, the chaos and expense of parenthood had me eating out less and writing even less about it, so my restaurant review pages became terribly out of date. I am not starting anew. And here I go:

CALIFORNIA

BAY AREA

San Leandro

Alameda

  • Trabocco
    Italian
    Visited in May 2022. Very Good. $$$

Hayward

  • Buon Apetito
    Italian
    Visited in August 2022. Very Good. $$
  • Panera
    Sandwiches
    Last visited in May 2024. Good. $$

Dublin/Pleasanton

Oakland

San Francisco

Peninsula

  • Cafe Bliss
    Breakfast/Sandwiches. Belmont
    Visited in April 2024. Good. $$

PACIFIC COAST

Cambria

Santa Cruz

  • Akira
    Japanese
    Visited in April 2024. Good. $$
  • Malabar
    Sri Lankan
    Visited in June 2022. Good. $$

LOS ANGELES

San Fernando Valley

LOUISIANA

Avery Island

Baton Rouge

  • TJ Ribs
    Barbecue
    Visited in April, 2024. Good. $$

Lafayette

Natchitoches

New Orleans

NEW YORK

New York City

TEXAS

Dallas – Forth Worth