RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK – Nancy’s Airport Cafe

By Larry Levine – Farmers, ranchers, hunters, big rig drivers and an occasional traveler fortunate enough to stumble on the place … That’s who you’ll find at Nancy’s Airport Café in Willows CA. And befitting the crowd, the portions are hefty, the food is great... Read More


By Larry Levine – As Sacramento has grown into an outstanding restaurant town, Biba has remained a mainstay, attracting a loyal local following that includes many of the state’s political and governmental leaders. Biba is one of my two favorite restaurants in... Read More

BOMBAY BAR AND GRILL – Restaurant of the Week

By Larry Sheingold – For anyone doubting a review’s influence on local dining choices – and sometimes the success or failure of a restaurant – I offer you Sacramento’s Bombay Bar and Grill, purveyor of Indian cuisine. My wife and I go there often. We like the food,... Read More

THE LOBSTER – Restaurant of the Week

By Larry Levine – It’s spring time in Southern California and that means the beach, the sun, the surf and dinners on the coast. And at The Lobster in Santa Monica it’s all about seafood. There are a few other items on the menu, but this bustling place is all... Read More

MITCHELL’S ICE CREAM – Restaurant of the Week

By Tony Fazio – I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. I have a thing for really good ice cream. When I was a little boy, my grandmother would make homemade ice cream with fresh fruit. I have been searching for the best ice cream ever since. In San... Read More

BAY CITIES – Restaurant of the Week

By Larry Dietz – Bay Cities is an “international” deli in Santa Monica: a 20-foot long row of shelves devoted to olive oils and vinegars, another devoted to pasta, other shelves to sauces, canned fish – who buys those jumbo tins of anchovies – as well as ones... Read More

KULETO’S – Restaurant of the Week

By Tony Fazio – It was the night before New Year’s Eve and I found myself in Union Square with my wife, my daughter and her boyfriend and his parents. They had come to San Francisco from San Diego to meet us. They wanted to eat out. The pressure was on. Where... Read More

BARBRIX – Restaurant of the Week

By Larry Dietz – Barbrix is the sort of restaurant and wine bar every neighborhood should have; the Silverlake area of Los Angeles is that lucky location. The chef is Don Dickman, whose cooking at Rocca led Times’ reviewer Irene Virbilia to say that he’d... Read More

AD HOC – Restaurant of the Week

By Lloyd Levine – Finding a good restaurant in the Napa/Sonoma wine region is not difficult. But what happens if you forgot to call French Laundry three or four months in advance to make a reservation? For me the answer is one of Thomas Keller’s other... Read More