Is the Mission Losing Its Restaurant Mojo?

The Wo Hing General Store,   opened by Slanted Door Founder Charles Phan in the original Slanted Door space in 2011, but it closed last year. Photo by Hélène Goupil

The Wo Hing General Store, opened by Slanted Door Founder Charles Phan in the original Slanted Door space in 2011, but it closed last year. Photo by Hélène Goupil

Paolo Lucchesi at the SF Chronicle writes about the 2014 James Beard finalists and, OMG, there is nary a Missionite among them.

The big winner on the nominee front was Manresa in Los Gatos, which got nominated for Outstanding Chef (David Kinch), Rising Star Chef (Jessica Largey), and the Manresa cookbook.

Other locals up for national awards include Coqueta for Best New Restaurant, Slanted Door for Outstanding Restaurant, B. Patisserie’s Belinda Leong for Outstanding Pastry Chef, and Cindy Pawlcyn for Outstanding Restaurateur. Quince and the Restaurant at Meadowoodare both up for Outstanding Service; Bar Agricole and A16were once again nominated for their beverage programs. READ MORE

I guess we could claim the Slanted Door since it got its start in the Mission, but that’s beginning to be a stretch.  Belinda Leong at B. Patisserie at 2821 California Street has been getting a lot of kudos.  Anyone interested in doing a taste test of B. Patisserie and Craftsman and Wolves?    Or maybe some of you already have.

Corrected in a Tweet from Kevin Montgomery: I left out the nomination of the cookbook from Chad Robertson: Tartine Book No. 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole. Congrats to Robertson and thanks to Kevin. 

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3 Comments

  1. Godzuki

    Overpriced, whitewashed versions of “ethnic food” is what Mission restaurants seem to be focusing on. Ironically, when I see a place written up, it’s usually a more affordable, local kinda hole-in-the-wall place w/o all the dull bougie fanfare.

  2. poor.ass.millionaire

    Wo Hing closed because even hipsters realized its a total, pathetic fucking rip off! Paid 4x for very average Chinese food I can get anywhere in SF.

    FFS, rip people off in the ferry bldg, not the mission where you got your start. Wo is a Ho.

  3. nutrisystem

    I’m having a hard time deciding which eatery name is more pretentious: “Hog And Rocks” or “Craftsman And Wolves”.

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