Where Bay Area chefs take their out-of-town guests to eat
Click or swipe through the slideshow above to see where local chefs take out-of-town guests to eat in the Bay Area.
The next time your out-of-town friend says they’re going to pay you a visit, don’t panic. Just take note from a Bay Area chef.
We connected with local chefs to ask them which Bay Area restaurants they take their visitors to and the list doesn’t disappoint. The responses were a mixture of big-name eateries, like Chez Panisse and The Progress, along with a few surprises. The chefs also shared what they love about each place.
There was one spot that garnered the attention of more than one chef. Corey Lee (of Benu), Michael Kim and Meichih Kim (of Maum) all said the restaurant they often take their out-of-town guests to is Great China, a Berkeley spot that’s been around since 1985.
“Obviously, the food has to be good but more than that, I think Great China is a model restaurant for our area – a business opened by immigrants and improved by the next generation who stayed true to the core traditions they inherited but also embraced new techniques and local sensibilities,” said chef Lee.
As for the surprise picks, chef Francis Ang of Pinoy Heritage said that the spot he takes his out of town friends can be found inside the Lucky Chances Casino in Colma.
“We always take out of towners to Colma Cafe in Lucky Chances Casino to get Filipino food [and] order Kare-Kare, an oxtail stew served with fermented shrimp paste.” Ang said. “This is an OG spot for good staple Filipino Food.”
A list of where to take non-locals would hardly be complete without a mention of In-N-Out. That’s where chef George Dingle of Monsieur Benjamin said he takes his guests.
Check out the slideshow at the top of this story to see the rest of the chefs' picks.