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Jonathan Kauffman is a San Francisco-based writer who specializes in restaurants and food culture. He was the restaurant critic at the East Bay Express, Seattle Weekly, and SF Weekly, as well as the San Francisco editor at Tasting Table, before joining the San Francisco Chronicle as a staff writer.

His restaurant reviews and reporting on food issues — avian flu, pig slaughter classes, shark-fin bans — have won numerous awards.

Meal sharing websites Jonathan Kauffman

January 2015 was my month to pontificate. For the January 31 episode of KCRW’s Good Food, Evan Kleiman interviewed me about meal-sharing websites, underground dinners for the Uber age. (You can read my November 2014 article on the phenomenon here.) I also drank beer and talked…

The Masters of Masa

For its February 2014 issue, San Francisco magazine asked John Birdsall and me to spend two months chronicling the state of Mexican food in the Bay Area. This was no burrito roundup: We covered family-style restaurants primarily serving the Mexican American…

Noodle Hunting for San Francisco Magazine

After two months of research, several hundreds of miles and many, many dishes, I wrote the cover story in the February 2013 issue of San Francisco magazine. Titled “The Great Noodle Quest,” it lists what may be — or, at least,…

New Article in Lucky Peach

I have a new article out in the Chinatown issue of Lucky Peach magazine, which came out in early November.  Titled “Pro Choys,” it looks at Chinatown’s produce markets and traces the vegetables back through the supply chain to the…

Living the Dream at Empress of China's Happy Hour

Chinatown Diaries chronicles one man’s effort to eat at every restaurant and food shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, surveying the neighborhood block by block, rice plate by rice plate. Maximum entree price permitted: $10. Search the interactive map here. There…

Penang Garden Feels the Weight of Being Chinatown's Token Malaysian Restaurant

Chinatown Diaries chronicles one man’s effort to eat at every restaurant and food shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, surveying the neighborhood block by block, rice plate by rice plate. Maximum entree price permitted: $10. Search the interactive map here. “Featured…

Golden Star: Patrician Name, Plebian Pho

Chinatown Diaries chronicles one man’s effort to eat at every restaurant and food shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, surveying the neighborhood block by block, rice plate by rice plate. Maximum entree price permitted: $10. (Search the interactive map of restaurants…

Bread of Life's pineapple buns

Chinatown Diaries chronicles one man’s effort to eat at every restaurant and food shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, surveying the neighborhood block by block, rice plate by rice plate. Maximum entree price permitted: $10. Search the interactive map here. The…