"When people ask how I rate San Francisco as an American food city, I always point out that there are only two cities where people actually travel just for the food: New Orleans and San Francisco. Some would add New York, of course, but generally people go there first for business and the theater before dining. Of all the cities in the United States, none has as distinctive a cuisine as New Orleans, which is what makes it so difficult to produce outside of Louisiana. ... And whoever lived through it, can forget — and in many cases forgive — the blackened craze of the 1980s?"
— Michael Bauer, longtime food critic of the San Francisco Chronicle.