Snapshots of The Golden State, as seen through the eyes of its biggest fans.
Evan & Sarah Rich
California has left its culinary mark on the husband-and-wife duo behind popular San Francisco eatery rich table—lauded for its inventive flavor pairings and market-driven dishes. “We thought we knew seasonal cooking when we were working in New York, but it wasn’t until we experienced the bounty of what the Bay Area has to offer that we really began to understand seasonality,” says Evan. This winter, they will follow up with RT Rotisserie, serving up fast-casual fare with a comfort-food twist. richtablesf.com.
“Ramen night—a very rare and special treat. Every so often we serve 12 bowls for our bar seats after regular hours.” —Evan.
199 Gough St., S.F., 415-355-9085; richtablesf.com.
“They’re a real representation of what makes California wines unique and delicious.” —Sarah.
21660 Eighth St. E., Sonoma, 917-270-8180; kutchwines.com.
“Absolutely one of our favorite places to visit. It’s the perfect place for hiking, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking or swimming.” —Evan.
“Perfect. Not much more needs to be said.” —Evan.
“Date night. We’re lucky to have this great new restaurant in S.F.” —Sarah.
28 Waverly Pl., S.F., 415-857-9688; misterjius.com.
“Sailing with some great friends on a rare day off.” —Evan.
“Pondering the possibilities at our new spot. It’s a lot of work to open a restaurant, but we’re so excited!” —Sarah
101 Oak St., S.F.
“Day trip with the family. We had to stop along Highway 1 for some strawberry picking at Swanton Berry Farm. [Our son] Van is proudly showing off his haul.” —Evan
25 Swanton Rd., Davenport, 831-469-8804; swantonberryfarm.com.
Edited by LINDSAY KINDELON.
PHOTOS: Courtesy of Evan and Sarah Rich, except where noted.