Michael Bauer acclaims Farmshop Marin amongst the year’s best!
San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer released his top 100 restaurants of 2013, and we are honored to have Farmshop Marin included in such a lauded list of our peers, one of 20 new additions this year!
A note from the man himself in regards to the task at hand when whittling down choices in such a wonderfully food rich environment as we are blessed to be part of in the Bay Area:
Since my first Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants guide was published 19 years ago, I’ve visited thousands of places, from Los Gatos to Calistoga and every place in between.
Compiling the list is an ongoing project. I dine out every night — sometimes I’ll have two or three dinners in an evening — checking out new restaurants and returning to those I’ve previously reviewed.
It’s a continual process to reinvigorate the guide and come up with the widest range of first-rate choices. Every restaurant represented here has been visited at least three times, and in most cases, more.
Each year, I revisit every restaurant on the previous year’s list, and also all the new places that deserve to be considered. This year, 20 restaurants were added, including Nido in Oakland, Coqueta in San Francisco, Sir & Star in Olema, and Iyasare in Berkeley.
It’s always a difficult decision because for every new addition, a really good restaurant has to be bumped. Fortunately, we live in an area where I could compile the Top 200 restaurants and still leave out some spectacular choices.
Aside from the places included that opened last year, some restaurants that have been around for a while upped their cooking game enough to deserve a spot — places like Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern and Hong Kong Lounge II in San Francisco; Picco in Larkspur; and Madrona Manor in Healdsburg.
Each year, when I finally finish the list, I reawaken to the fact that dining in the Bay Area is so rich. It’s inarguably one of the best places to eat in the United States, and maybe the world.
-Michael Bauer, Chronicle restaurant critic