The World’s 50 Best List Just Dropped, and There’s a Unique Restaurant in the Bay Area

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announced the World’s 50 Best Restaurants at a glitzy evening in London on Monday night – and only one Bay Area restaurant made the list. Single Thread of Healdsburg landed in 50th place, up from 37th place last year. To be fair, Single Thread is one of only three places in the US to make the top 50, with New York’s Le Bernardin (#44) and Atomix (#33) joining restaurant Healdsburg on the list.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Single Thread shared the news, writing, “After a year marked by a pandemic that challenged the entire restaurant community and a fire in our own kitchen, this is an absolutely incredible moment of celebration. . Thank you to all of our guests, supporters, artists and artisans, farmers, and especially to the dedicated and passionate team who pour their heart, soul and love into our home every day.

The 50 Best organization released its 51-100 finalist list last week, which included two Bay Area restaurants: Corey Lee’s Benu restaurant moved up to No. 97 (from No. 28) and Dominique Crenn’s Atelier Crenn lands at No. 72 this year, also down from its previous spot at No. 48.

To see the full list of winners, visit

Speaking of the top 50 in the world…

San Francisco’s Saison is hosting another upcoming collaborative dinner, following its previous event with Chef Sota Atsumi de Maison. This time, Saison is hosting a new series of dinners in collaboration with Prateek Sadhu, the former chef of Masque – which is one of Asia’s top 50 restaurants, sitting at No 21 – from August 2-6. The nine-course meal starts at $448 per person, with an optional wine pairing. Reservations can be made through Tock.

A new Korean grocery store is heading to Fremont

Hot on the heels of the successful opening of the first H Mart store in San Francisco last year, Seoul-based grocery store Mega Mart will take over the former Sprouts at 3900 Mowry Avenue in Fremont, Mercury News reports. It’s the brand’s second location in the Bay Area β€” the other being K Market in Sunnyvale β€” and third in the United States. The Wed states that the store will have a gluten-free bakery, delicatessen, fish counter and prepared food section. The store is scheduled to open on September 23.

Oakland’s Taiwan Bento Announces Upcoming Closure

Taiwan Bento’s Stacy Tang and Willy Wang surprised fans at their Oakland restaurant on Monday with the sudden announcement that they will be closing on July 29 after eight years. The couple shared in a social media post that it was a tough decision. “It started as a small dream and a passion to share food from Stacy’s homeland,” the couple wrote in part. β€œIt’s a bittersweet moment for us. In the end, we feel blessed in so many ways over the past 8 years. We will post more information about our trip later, but for now we are still operating for the next 2 weeks and we would like to see you before the end of this chapter.

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