This is a good article from the San Francisco Chronicle, that shows what I meant when I said Portland’s star is fading as other cities catch up. It might give some insight to those who took me to task for for that statement.
In its January 2011 issue, Food & Wine magazine calls Los Angeles “the best place in the country for chefs to experiment with new ideas.” San Francisco isn’t even mentioned in the three cities featured in the “Where to go next” article.
That’s a surprise. After talking to colleagues around the country, I’d be hard-pressed to name another place generating as much excitement as the Bay Area. On both ends of the price spectrum, it feels as if trends are starting here that will eventually show up in other parts of the country.
When we look back in a couple of years, I think we’ll realize that 2010 was pivotal.
I’m in my 25th year writing about food and restaurants in San Francisco, and I truly believe this is the best year for openings. That’s doubly amazing in this struggling economy, yet the economy might be part of the reason the scene is so vibrant – with a strong dining culture, restaurateurs have been forced to focus and create something that makes their places stand above the competition.