A few months ago, I received a phone call from a television producer to invite me to appear as a judge on one of Tyler Florence’s TV shows. Unfortunately it did not happen, which means I missed my chance to get to know the Food Network star better.
After fifteen years on television, he has decided to move back into a real kitchen and open his first restaurant in San Francisco. One reason behind the shift? His wife Tolan, who is from Marin County, wanted to move back to her home area. So here comes Wayfare Tavern, a trip back in time inspired by San Francisco Victorian-era design, featuring old-fashioned accents like exposed brick and Edison light bulbs lining the ceiling. The menu also gives a nod to the past, with classic American dishes like the Monterey Bay calamari grilled with olive oil and lemon, oysters Rockefeller and fried chicken. Located in the Financial District in the former Rubicon space, there is no doubt that Wayfare Tavern will be the new show in town.