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Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED Public Television’s local series featuring regular people reviewing San Francisco Bay Area restaurants. Find out more about this KQED series at: kqed.org/checkplease.

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Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED Public Television’s local series featuring regular people reviewing San Francisco Bay Area restaurants. Find out more about this KQED series at: kqed.org/checkplease.

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Great show, been watching for years!!!

By Jisong - Sep 28 2015
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Good to see this show is now available as podcast, keep up the good work guys!!!

Great show

By By7 - Jun 24 2010
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I love this show, it's a great way to fine interest restaurant around the bay area.

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26 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Great show, been watching for years!!!

By Jisong - Sep 28 2015
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Good to see this show is now available as podcast, keep up the good work guys!!!

Great show

By By7 - Jun 24 2010
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I love this show, it's a great way to fine interest restaurant around the bay area.
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Check, Please! Bay Area Podcast

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Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED Public Television’s local series featuring regular people reviewing San Francisco Bay Area restaurants. Find out more about this KQED series at: kqed.org/checkplease.

Rank #1: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Roti Indian Bistro, Chop Bar, Park Tavern

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Restaurants reviewed: Roti Indian Bistro (Burlingame), Chop Bar (Oakland), Park Tavern (San Francisco)

Nov 01 2012

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Rank #2: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: The Butcher’s Son, Sol Food, Al’s Place

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Check, Please! Bay Area finds vegan delicatessen meats in Berkeley, Puerto Rican cuisine in Marin, and seasonal California produce in San Francisco

May 16 2019

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Rank #3: Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 3: Episode 6 (#306)

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Check, Please! Bay Area's third season episode 6 (#306) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:
1) Stella Alpina Osteria: | restaurant information | reviews |
2) Bette's Oceanview Diner: | restaurant information | reviews |recipe |
3) Chou Chou: | restaurant information | reviews |

Oct 11 2008

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Rank #4: Check, Please! Bay Area Season 4: Episode 6 (406)

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Check, Please! Bay Area's fourth season episode 6 (#406) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:
1) Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |
2) Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |
3) Acquerello: | restaurant information | reviews |

Apr 30 2009

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Rank #5: Check, Please! Bay Area Kids review: Antipastos, The Veg Hub, Coco’s Ramen

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Check, Please! Bay Area Kids find homey Italian food in San Jose, hearty vegan fare in Oakland, and a variety of Japanese ramen and sushi in San Francisco.

Dec 20 2018

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Rank #6: Check, Please! Bay Area Kids review: Minato Japanese Restaurant, Tapsilog Bistro, Giorgio’s Pizzeria

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Check, Please! Bay Area Kids review a Japanese restaurant in San Jose where the kids' meal comes with a prize, authentic Filipino flavors in Campbell, and a pizzeria in San Francisco that's been around for generations.

Dec 06 2018

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Rank #7: Check, Please! Bay Area: L’Ardoise Bistro, Della Santina Trattoria, Perbacco

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This season 12 episode 14 revisits some old favorite spots from previous seasons of Check, Please! Bay Area. Reviewed: a classic French bistro in San Francisco, an Italian trattoria in Sonoma, and a restaurant serving up the cuisine of Piemonte and Liguria in San Francisco.

Nov 23 2017

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Rank #8: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Jack’s Prime Burgers & Shakes, Posada, Noodle Theory Provisions

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviewed a modern-day diner in San Mateo that serves Angus beef burgers, organic milkshakes and craft microbrews; a restaurant serving Southwestern cuisine in Livermore, and an Asian-centric eatery in Oakland with a contemporary-Californian twist and cocktails.

Jun 08 2017

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Rank #9: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Shinmai, Asmara Restaurant, The Ice Cream Bar

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews a modern Japanese izakaya in Oakland, a family-owned North East African eatery also in Oakland and a 1930's-style soda fountain in San Francisco.

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #10: Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 22 (222)

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Bay Area restaurants profiled and reviewed:
1) Marta's Kitchen at Jay 'N Bee Club: | restaurant information | reviews | [CLOSED]

2) Central Market: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

3) West Coast Cafe: | restaurant information | reviews |

Nov 16 2007

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Rank #11: Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 2: Episode 6 (206)

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Bay Area restaurants profiled and reviewed:
1) Pacific Cafe: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

2) China Village: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

3) Chez Nous: | restaurant information | reviews | [CLOSED]

Nov 03 2006

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Rank #12: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Uma Casa Restaurant, Ritu Indian Soul Food, Homeroom Mac + Cheese

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews authentic Portuguese cuisine and seasonal Indian menus in San Francisco, and, last but not least, glorious macaroni and cheese variations in Oakland.

Oct 11 2018

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Rank #13: Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 3: Episode 3 (#303)

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Check, Please! Bay Area's third season episode 3 (#303) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:
1) Capannina: | restaurant information | reviews |
2) Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen: | restaurant information | reviews |
3) Playground: | restaurant information | reviews |

Apr 19 2008

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Rank #14: Check, Please! Bay Area Season 4: Episode 5 (405)

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Check, Please! Bay Area's fourth season episode 5 (#405) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:
1) Indian Palace Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |
2) Thanh Long Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |
3) Oliveto Café and Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |

Apr 17 2009

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Rank #15: Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 3: Episode 4 (#304)

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Check, Please! Bay Area's third season episode 4 (#304) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:
1) Cyrus: | restaurant information | reviews | [CLOSED]
2) The Yellow Submarine: | restaurant information | reviews |
3) The Slanted Door: | restaurant information | reviews |

Apr 26 2008

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Rank #16: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Martins West Pub, Red Tavern, August (1) Five

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews a Scottish-themed farm-to-table eatery in Redwood City, a family-gathering place with hearty portions of Russian cuisine in San Francisco, and a SF restaurant with a contemporary twist on Indian fare and inventive California cocktails.

Sep 14 2017

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Rank #17: Check, Please! Bay Area Season 11 Premiere Reviews: The Hummingbird, Sumika and Orexi

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The premiere episode of season 11 features: a Creole-inspired restaurant in Fairfax, a Japanese restaurant in Los Altos, and a Greek restaurant in San Francisco.

Apr 14 2016

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Rank #18: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Bursa, The Italian Homemade Company, Rasa Contemporary Indian

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 14 episode 15 airs Thursday, October 3 at 7:30pm on KQED 9. See other television airtimes. And never miss an episode by subscribing to the video podcast.

This week, we begin a culinary journey through the Eastern Mediterranean with falafels and kebabs at Bursa in San Francisco. Next, we head to Berkeley for The Italian Homemade Company, a fast-casual spot featuring an abundance of fresh, house-made pasta. Our final stop is Rasa Contemporary Indian in Burlingame for a celebration of traditional coastal Indian cuisine with a modern, Michelin-starred twist.

Host Leslie Sbrocco and guests on the set of season 14 episode 15. (Grace Cheung/KQED)

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Host Leslie Sbrocco sipping wine (Courtesy of Leslie Sbrocco)

My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine, beer, and spirits the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show.

Korbel Brut Rosé, California $13
Korbel is a California classic. As one of the most bucolic wineries to visit, it was founded in 1882 but has evolved with the times. They have remained one of the leaders of sparkling wine in the world marrying quality with availability and affordability. Their Brut Rosé is the best on wine on their roster.

Made with a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Gamay and Chenin Blanc, it’s fruity but dry. A brunch wine, a weekend aperitif, a cocktail mixer, or a dinner sip with Thai take-out, this versatile pink is a staple to have on hand at all times.

2017 Steele Pinot Blanc, Santa Barbara County, California $20
Jed Steele is one of California’s legendary winemakers. For more than 50 years he’s been a strong force in creating styles that have shaped the California wine landscape. Steele is a Lake County legend, but this succulent bottling hails from further south in the Golden State – Santa Barbara. Pinot Blanc is related to Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and has viscous texture tempered with crispness and a nutty richness.

This Pinot Blanc is an ideal alternative to Chardonnay at the dinner table and beyond.

2016 Alara Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California $41
When you look at a bottle of Alara, the alluring labels might draw you in, but the wine inside the bottle is the star. The owner of the brand, Janu Goelz, has a fascinating past full of passions from fashion to film (the label designs are, in fact, from a fashion designer).

One of her passions is clearly Pinot Noir as evidenced by this silky, spicy red with a lush mouthfeel. It’s a bold style that aims to show the intensity of fruit. Drape yourself in this pretty-in-Pinot.

2016 Flora Springs Merlot, Napa Valley, California $35
When I think of Merlot what comes to mind is plushness – it’s the vinous equivalent of wrapping a cashmere shawl around your shoulders. Flora Springs’ version of Merlot is a beauty and ranks among California’s best. Using 100 percent Merlot lets the grape variety’s natural qualities shine.

It’s soft and round with dark berry fruit notes and a whisper of cocoa aromas. Drinking it on its own makes me happy. Pairing it with slow-roasted pork loin in a mushroom sauce or a piece of dark chocolate is positively swoon-worthy.

2016 Maçanita Douro DOC, Portugal $27
Think Portugal’s Douro regions means only sweet Port? No way. These days, it’s the hottest spot in Portugal for dry reds and the Maçanita is one of its superstars. Made from very old-vine Touriga Nacional (a grape used in Port) and a blend of other native red varieties, this wine is complex, earthy, and elegantly powerful.

It’s a red with a rugged personality, just like its birthplace. Crafted by the talented hands of Antonio Maçanita — one of the heralded young winemakers in the country — it’s hard to believe a wine of this quality is less than $30.

No. 209 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gin $60
I’m a gin lover and No. 209 is among by top-tier picks. With the Barrel Reserve Gin, though, they have a unique drink that belongs not with tonic, but as a sipper with a cube. This amber-hued gin begins life as a clear spirit.

It’s aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from top Napa Valley wine producers and transforms into a whiskey-esque drink to be savored.

Wine and spirits that guests drank on the set of season 14 episode 15. (Grace Cheung/KQED)

Thirsty for more beverage advice? You can find some of my wine, beer and spirits tips for you here

Oct 03 2019

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Rank #19: Check, Please! Bay Area Season 4: Episode 4 (404)

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Check, Please! Bay Area's fourth season episode 4 (#404) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:
1) Borobudur Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |
2) Alegrias Spanish Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews |
3) Poggio: | restaurant information | reviews |

Apr 10 2009

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Rank #20: Check, Please! Bay Area Takes You on a Culinary Comfort Food Roadtrip

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Check, Please! Bay Area looks back at restaurants with a flair for the familiar flavors of comfort food. A culinary roadtrip takes you to Central Market in Petaluma, farmerbrown in San Francisco and TrueBurger in Oakland.

Oct 29 2015

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