Michael Bauer's 30-year retrospective

Celebrating 30 years of gradually approaching competence at the job he stole from two great restaurant critics, he pontificates on the most “important” restaurants of that time.

Oritalia is still on the short list for worst restaurant name of all time.

I remember moving to SF ca. 1985, getting the Chronicle and enjoying the Stan Sesser reviews, not that my budget at the time permitted a visit to many of the reviewed places. Until one day …

Stan Sesser reviewed a lot of cheap places! I think I learned about Cuba, Stoyanof’s, Pauline’s, Plearn, Nicaragua, San Francisco Bart-B-Q (Thai), Flint’s, Brother’s Deli, and Alejandro’s from him.