...the search for the next hot coffee brand [is] underway.
San Francisco has a contender in Philz Coffee, a family-run coffee chain known as a darling of the tech industry. The company, which passed hands from father Phil Jabar to son Jacob in 2005, has grown from one cafe in the city's Mission District to over 40 locations in California and Washington, DC. Tech investors have poured $75 million into the chain to date.
Excerpt from A popular San Francisco coffee shop that raised $75 million could be the next Blue Bottle by Melia Robinson of Business Insider.
It can be hard to get a reservation on a Saturday night at this clubby restaurant within a restaurant. You need to plan your dinner at least a month in advance, but it's worth it—and not just for the ambiance but for the food, which is Vietnamese for insiders who already know where to get the best bánh xèo and hu tieu. And for those who are from the same generation as its chef Tin Vuong, he blasts old-school hip-hop that's heavy on Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. When the whole house sings along to "Gin and Juice," you realize how essential it is to the whole experience as the nuoc mam is to the food.
Excerpt from Edwin Goei's Top 5 Drinks and Restaurants of 2017!, by Edwin Goei at OC Weekly.
I’m sick of the poke fad. I’m especially suspect of any poke served less than 10 miles from the beach in shops where I’m forced to build my own bowl, a la Chipotle. At Bear Flag, they cater to purists. No rice bowls here. It’s all about the fresh off the boat ahi or salmon, cubed and dressed in a flavor bomb blend of sesame oil, Sriracha, seaweed salad and green onion.
Excerpt from Here are the 12 best, unforgettable things we ate in 2017, by Nancy Luna at The Orange County Register.