Matthew Stafford is a native of San Francisco, a graduate of the S.F. State film department, and an aficionado of baseball, jazz, classic movies, and ice-cold martinis. He writes about travel, film, local history and other topics for the Pacific Sun and the SF Weekly when he isn't eating and drinking at restaurants, bars and dives on behalf of the East Bay Express. Twice winner of the California Newspaper Editors Association's Best Column in a Weekly Newspaper award, Stafford's proudest moment was getting quoted by Johnny Carson (not Letterman, not Leno, Carson) on the Tonight Show.
The enchanting Lake Chalet features Lake Merritt as its top attraction.
by Matthew Stafford | Sep 16, 2009
The Cape Cod isn't very New England-style, but the portions are large and the prices reasonable.
by Matthew Stafford | Aug 13, 2008
Alameda spot's Cal-Med fusion mezzes are as reassuring as its atmosphere.
by Matthew Stafford | Oct 28, 2009
Hundred-year-old Point Richmond spot reinvents itself again.
by Matthew Stafford | Jun 1, 2011
Oakland burger joint works in satisfying and subtly inventive ways.
by Matthew Stafford | May 25, 2011
The East Oakland restaurant excels at Laotian cuisine.
by Matthew Stafford | May 11, 2011
New restaurant offers fine French cuisine and myriad distractions.
by Matthew Stafford | Apr 27, 2011
Festive Temescal landmark perfect for warmer days, despite the menu's imperfections.
by Matthew Stafford | Apr 13, 2011
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