The Tablehopper's Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco
Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion
By Marcia Gagliardi
(Ten Speed Press, Paperback, 9781580081283, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
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When it’s time to take your parents out to dinner or your girlfriend on a sexy date, or when you’re looking for a hot venue for a birthday blowout or brunch with friends, who do you turn to for a spot-on recommendation? Why, the tablehopper, of course! Marcia Gagliardi is San Francisco’s cuisine concierge, providing restaurant recommendations and helping thousands of diners find the right place for the right occasion. With her unique blend of enthusiasm, insider knowledge, and sass, Marcia bases her recommendations on the reason you’re going out, who you’re dining with, and how much money you have to burn.
This first-of-its-kind guidebook has more than 580 reviews of the tablehopper’s top suggestions for:
Girls’ Night Out
Dates One, Two, and Three
Guys Lunch (Dude Food)
Group Dining and Buyouts
Meet the Future In-Laws
Old-School Power Lunch
“Fun Client” Business Dining
Meat Eater and Vegetarian
Covering a huge range of places for all tastes, ages, and budgets, this insider’s guide also includes sections on the South Bay, Wine Country, top eats in the East Bay, and one-, two-, and three-day San Francisco culinary itineraries. Only a local and no-holds-barred eater like the tablehopper can offer visitors and locals alike such a knowledgeable and comprehensive look at the Bay Area dining and drinking scene.
Marcia (rhymes with Garcia) Gagliardi is a freelance food writer and culinary personality, known as the tablehopper. Marcia and her free weekly e-column are among the Bay Area’s most trusted resources for thoughtful recommendations on where to eat, drink, and hobnob. She has appeared on Oprah & Friends: The Gayle King Show, Playboy TV, the Martha Stewart Living Today radio show, and many local programs. She has been zipping around the Bay in her red Alfa Romeo since 1994, and has been writing about food since 2002.
"Zagat, move aside, because the 'hopper is in the house!"
--Cooking with Amy, 3/24/10
"An irreverent, but terrifically practical guidebook."
--San Jose Mercury News, 3/17/10
"Marcia Gagliardi, aka the Tablehopper, has earned serious cred as a trusted industry insider who knows what's new, hot and delicious in the city's restaurant and bar scene. Fans of her cheeky e-newsletter which posts every Tuesday have been chomping at the bit for this day."
--San Francisco Restaurant Examiner, 3/9/10
"Marcia Gagliardi, The Tablehopper foundress and sassy food writer extraordinaire, has managed to pack nearly 600 of her favorite spots into a handy 5”x7” guidebook."
"Truly the best restaurant guide we've seen dedicated to the city by the bay."
"Redefining what a city guide should be, Marcia Gagliardi's first book has got to be the hippest, on-the-money, and smartest guide to eating out in San Francisco ever published. . . . [A]bsolutely mandatory reading for Bay Area eaters."
--Edible San Francisco, Winter 2010 issue