When we heard about the hand-rolled, freshly baked bagels coming out of Beauty's Bagel Shop, we jumped at the chance to pay a behind-the-scenes visit. So, waking before sunrise and venturing across the Bay Bridge, we slipped into the kitchen with the Oakland store's early morning bakers for a look at their step-by-step process (and some bonus lessons in bagel classification).
We go into the kitchen at this San Francisco newcomer to witness the birth of their signature sunchoke soup with a confit egg yolk, crispy black walnuts, and compressed apple slices.
Aliment opened its doors a few weeks ago in Nob Hill, serving updated takes on comfort food classics just a couple of blocks from Union Square. Eric Rud, formerly with Nob Hill Grille and part of the local food truck scene, is the restaurant's managing partner and chef. Matthew Sullivan joins as co-chef, bringing experience from Bottle Cap and Blue Plate.
Grits topped homemade butter, buttermilk and ricotta are not to be missed at Omaha's The Kitchen Table. On Sundays you'll find them topped with seasonal ingredients as the grand finale to a prix fixe brunch menu.
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