Check, Please! Bay Area
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Check, Please! Bay Area features guests and eateries as diverse the Bay Area itself. In each episode of the James Beard and Emmy Award-winning program, three local diners share their favorite spots and critique each others' choices. They visit each restaurant anonymously - the restaurants are not notified that Check, Please! reviewers are present. After trying each others' recommendations, the diners join host and moderator Leslie Sbrocco to discuss, dispute and celebrate their dining experiences with lively commentary.
Bill's Place, Cafe Rouge, Le Colonial (#205H) Duration: 26:57 STEREO TVG
Burgers and chandeliers make an unusual combination at our first stop; while the chandeliers at the next, with its French inspired menu, are more contemporary. Then the Asian flavors of Vietnam combine with a trendy, bar scene for an elegant dining experience.
- KQED 9: Mon, Apr 27, 2015 -- 1:00pm
Bellanico, Davey Jones Deli and Gamine (#701H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Bellanico, Davey Jones Deli and Gamine are the restaurants selected by local diners. Will the three guests agree on their Bay Area favorites?
- KQED 9: Tue, Apr 28, 2015 -- 1:00pm
Shalizaar, South Park Cafe, Forbes Island (#207H) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Large portions of genuine Persian food make this family restaurant a relaxed place to visit. The same can be said for the next location, off a park, in the middle of the city, but here the food is traditional French. While, it takes a boat ride to get to our last, a California inspired dining establishment.
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Bay Wolf, Green Chile Kitchen and Back A Yard Caribbean-American Grill (#702H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Bay Wolf, Green Chile Kitchen and Back A Yard Caribbean-American Grill are the restaurants selected by local diners. Will the three guests agree on their Bay Area favorites?
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Pintxo Pote, Red Hill Station and Osmanthus (#1003) Duration: 26:16 STEREO TVG
Traditional Basque cooking at Pintxo Pote, ultra-fresh seafood at Red Hill Station and Osmanthus' focus on Japanese, South-Asian flavors. Leslie Sbracco hosts as local diners share their favorite Bay Area eateries.
Dona Thomas, Amber India, Scala's Bistro (#209H) Duration: 27:00 STEREO TVG
Fresh, seasonal ingredients are transformed into Mexican food at our first restaurant, a casual place for all. The second stop is northern Indian. This restaurant has white tablecloths and stellar service as well as great flavors and wonderful bread. The third place has dramatic architectural elements and walls adorned with murals. The bar scene is hip and the northern Italian food keeps customers satisfied.
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Pear Street Bistro, Sociale, Presidio Bowling Center Grill (#210H) Duration: 26:55 STEREO TVG
This week's show visits a place that encourages the locals to get together with a Californian menu to suit all tastes. Then a tucked away haven in the city, where you can sit outside come rain or shine and enjoy an Italian influenced menu. Lastly, somewhere to fit in a hamburger between a game of . . . Well, you'll see.
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Capannina, Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen and Playground (#303H) Duration: 27:18 STEREO TVG
Contemporary decorations and a menu featuring flavors from the Isle of Capri are available at our first restaurant. The next spot keeps its menu in the U.S. but travels south for a taste of New Orleans. Then it's off to Korea for some kimchee and karaoke.
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Jardiniere, Esperpento, Trattoria La Siciliana (#212H) Duration: 27:03 STEREO TVG
Elegance describes the first restaurant featured on this week's show. It's a special occasion place, with a French-California menu and extensive wine list. Traditional tapas is served in a informal setting at the next stop. A friendly place where traveling musicians stop in to play. Lastly Sicilian flavors in a small, chaotic space made for sharing in a casual atmosphere.
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Sonoma-Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grill, Cajun Pacific Restaurant & Catering, House of Prime Rib (#213H) Duration: 27:01 STEREO TVG
Cocktails, wine, fresh seafood and game are the dining foundation of restaurant number one this week. Then, at restaurant number two, the flavors of Louisiana spice up the table in a tiny spot near the Ocean. Lastly, at restaurant number three, the menu brings new meaning to the phrase: 'Where's the beef?'
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OI-C Bowl Chinese Kitchen, Los Moles and Hotel Mac Restaurant (#1004) Duration: 25:51 STEREO TVG
From Chinese and puebla-style to classic comfort food, this week's guests invite Bay Area diners to Oi-C Bowl Chinese Kitchen, Los Moles and Hotel Mac Restaurant. Will they agree on their favorite eateries? Leslie Sbracco hosts.
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Stella Alpina Osteria, Bette's Oceanview Diner, Chou Chou (#306H) Duration: 26:08 STEREO TVG
Fresh, local, Northern Italian-flavors mark this subterranean osteria as our first stop. Next, a diner that's been serving breakfast and lunch for more than 20 years. Finally, we cross the Atlantic again for a visit to a French bistro with a host brimming with personality.
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Pomelo, Deedee's, Farina (#502H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Enjoy a light take on healthy, family-style vegetarian cuisine from North Western India at Deedee's on Lafayette Street in Santa Clara. Next, Farina on 18th in San Francisco takes you to the Ligurian region of Italy where fresh, organic ingredients shine. Finally, Pomelo on Church in San Francisco offers global tastes with fragrant aromas and big bowls of nourishment.
Angkor Borei, Indigo, Farallon (#801H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Our first San Francisco restaurant, Angkor Borei, provides traditional Cambodian cuisine that has been satisfying customers for nearly thirty years.
* Next, Indigo's expansive wooden bar and open ambiance creates the perfect setting for the touch-of-Asian in the New American cuisine served there.
* Lastly housed in an historic building, Farallon invites all seafood lovers to dine in spectacularly creative, decorative surroundings.
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Le Charm French Bistro, Vung Tau Restaurant, Nopa (#308H) Duration: 27:25 STEREO TVG
Our first guest chooses elegant French food in an eatery south of Market. Then, with a plethora of Vietnamese restaurants in the area, our next guest chooses one as his favorite. Finally, guest number 3 hits a popular spot with a sustainable menu that stays open late.
- KQED 9: Tue, May 12, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Chez Maman, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Kirala (#309H) Duration: 26:17 STEREO TVG
With a counter and 2 tables inside, and 3 tables outside, our first place is small - small, but with lots of French bistro and American fare. Space is not an issue at the next venue - with the Ocean right outside, it serves up a varied menu. Finally, a Japanese place where sushi and a Robata grill are the main features.
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Lahore Karahi, Patio Filipino, Sam's Grill (#503H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
We start off with a local favorite that's low on atmosphere but high on flavor and full of fragrant Indian spices. It's called Lahore Karahi and it's on O'Farrell in San Francisco. Filipino-Spanish flavors reflecting the rich history of the Philippines are perfect for sharing so bring a crowd over to Patio Filipino on El Camino Real in San Bruno. Some things never change and Sam's Grill and Seafood Restaurant on Bush is the perfect example. It's been around at the same location since 1946! Oh, and the booths there make for a very private dining experience.
Zatar, China Village Restaurant and Walzwerk (#1010) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Host Leslie Sbracco and guests discuss the special Middle-Eastern plates ate Zatar in Berkeley, the Szechwan-inspired China Village Restaurant in Albany and Walzwerk, a German eatery in San Francisco. Will they agree?
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Da Lian, The Mountain House, Buca Di Beppo (#219H) Duration: 27:47 STEREO TVG
Full platters, pleasure and parties are the plan at our first stop. Then authentic Northern Chinese flavors remind one guest of times past. And the long and winding road leads to a game-centric menu in a rural setting.
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Dosa, Sapore Italiano Ristorante, Gather (#608H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Visit an eco-friendly spot serving innovative South Indian fare with Dosa in San Francisco. Next, Sapore Italiano Ristorante's menu tours Italy without leaving its location in Burlingame. Vegetarians and omnivores share equal status with the inspired cuisine at Gather in Berkeley.
Zare at Fly Trap, Barrio Fiesta, Flora (#802H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
You don't have to travel far for Persian influenced Mediterranean cuisine as you can find it right here in San Francisco at Zare at Fly Trap.
* And, anyone looking for a festive location to celebrate with friends and family should visit Milpitas where Barrio Fiesta specializes in Filipino cooking.
* Finally, for a great place to relax and admire the surroundings you can pop into the old flower depot building in Oakland where Flora serves up their signature cocktails.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 17, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Memo's Mexican Cuisine, Souls Restaurant & Flea (#504H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
Perfectly executed family recipes from North-Central Mexico and a house specialty of Chicken Pipian make Memo's Mexican Cuisine a great spot. And, the community spirit at a church-run spot adds another level of enjoyment at Souls Restaurant, where soul food is prepared fresh every day by members of the neighborhood. Finally, flavorful, fun, sustainable cuisine bought locally to make signature comfort foods and devilish desserts are at Flea Street Cafe.
- KQED 9: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
El Metate, Creola Bistro & Benjarong (#508H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mexican food just like our guest's grandmother used to make can be found at El Metate Restaurant.
And CreoLa Bistro is a quaint place with all things Cajun and Creole and flavors from Louisiana. < br>Finally, for colorful Thai food served up in a calm, spa-like atmosphere go to Benjarong Thai Cuisine.
- KQED 9: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Addis, Woodhouse Fish Co., Panama Hotel & Restaura (#509H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
Using your fingers and sharing makes for a perfect meal at Addis Ethiopian Restaurant. At Woodhouse Fish Company you can navigate through the crab-shack fare to find both traditional and innovative seafood dishes. Lastly, you'll find the little bed and breakfast place called the Panama Hotel and Restaurant tucked away in a residential area serving up Californian cuisine with a twist.
- KQED 9: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Borobudur Restaurant, Alegria's, Poggio (#404H) Duration: 26:21 STEREO TVG
Indonesian food starts the show at Borobudur Restaurant. Then traditional Spanish cuisine at Alegria's. Finally we visit Poggio for an Italian dining experience.
La Foret, Vega and Basque Cultural Center (#1011) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Host Leslie Sbracco and guests discuss French culinary classics at La Foret in San Jose, VEGA's homemade pizzas and pastas in San Francisco and all things Basque in South San Francisco at the Basque Cultural Center. Will they agree?
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Holy Land, Sodini's Bertolucci's Ristorante, B44 Catalan Bistro (#224H) Duration: 27:20 STEREO TVG
A Kosher restaurant is featured first this time, followed by traditional American Italian food served up in historic surroundings. Then a virtual trip to Barcelona can be found at a Catalonian eatery, with sidewalk tables and umbrellas in a busy city alley.
- KQED 9: Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
Pork Store Cafe, Pizzaiolo, Zarzuela (#609H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
Diners start the day right with a hearty breakfast at a spot called Pork Store Cafe in San Francisco. Then head off to Pizzaiolo in Oakland for some of the best wood fired pizzas using organic, local products. For the last stop, take pleasure in the tantalizing flavors of traditional tapas and Spanish dishes at Zarzuela in San Francisco.
Pompei's Grotto, Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food, SPQR (#804H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
* Our first restaurant, Pompei's Grotto, is a family owned spot on Fisherman's Wharf's that's been serving up fresh seafood since 1946.
* Next, Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food in Santa Clara makes homemade Southern comfort staples that satisfy heart and soul.
*Finally, combining a bustling San Francisco vibe with an intimate and cozy setting, SPQR delivers authentic, modern Italian cuisine and original Italian wine from small producers.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 5:00pm Remind me
Indian Palace, Thanh Long, Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant (#405H) Duration: 27:16 STEREO TVG
First Indian Palace delivers traditional recipes in an unlikely location, followed by crab, crab and more crab at Thanh Long. Then it's Italian elegance served up at Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant.
Zeni Ethiopian, Quinn's Lighthouse, Aquerello (#406H) Duration: 27:26 STEREO TVG
The unexpected unites the three restaurants this week. Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant's surprising location makes it a "find". Flying peanuts hitting the floor at Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub make a casual statement while Aquerello's historical location support the quiet elegance of the old church's surroundings.
- KQED 9: Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 1:00pm Remind me
The Old Clam House, Gialina, Mustards Grill (#407H) Duration: 26:03 STEREO TVG
A turn of the century building has housed The Old Clam House for over 100 years and its still serving some of the same fare. In contrast, Gialina has only been around for three years and delivers a contemporary menu. American food traditions continue at Mustards Grill, which celebrated its 25th birthday in 2008.
Hayes Street Grill, Mama's On Washington Square, (#408H) Duration: 26:22 STEREO TVG
First, we take a stop at Hayes Street Grill, a local institution that stands on its reputation for the best and freshest fish around. Then, we cozy up to a little family-run spot called Mama's on Washington Square where they serve up a menu with fresh waffles and pancakes for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Sahn Maru Korean BBQ offers more than just barbecue. Its traditional Korean fare comes with warm, family-friendly service and plenty of tasty banchan (small side dishes).
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La Folie, Aldo's Ristorante & Bar, Golden Lotus (#221H) Duration: 28:15 STEREO TVG
An elegant setting, French menu and perfect service meets home-style Italian with a Sorrento born chef and authentic musical entertainment in this show. Both contrast the vegetarian restaurant with chicken, pork and beef on the menu.
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Senor Sisig, M.Y. China, Italian Colors Restaurant (#907H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Our first spot has crafted its crossover cuisine, dishing out Filipino-fusion at Senor Sisig, a San Francisco food truck . Next, in the heart of the Westfield Mall, find a feast for all of the senses, where noodles are thrown, scissored and served at M.Y. China in San Francisco. Heading east, Oakland's Italian Colors Restaurant is a family-friendly environment where guests can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy served up with a smile.