Everything's coming up Tyler Florence: Hot off getting a semifinalist nod from the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: West, the Food Network host has just earned an impressive three star (out of four) rave review from the San Francisco Chronicle's restaurant critic Michael Bauer for his restaurant Wayfare Tavern. Bauer finds that while the restaurant had been "very good but inconsistent" over the past four years (back in 2010 Bauer awarded the restaurant 2.5 stars), it has now "found its niche" and "matured nicely."
He's impressed by the "bold, masculine style" of the dishes prepared by chef Joey Elenterio, especially the fried oysters which he calls "spectacular." Ultimately, Bauer concludes that the restaurant has authentic appeal beyond Tyler Florence's fame: "His celebrity may bring diners in the door, but the staff and the food keep them coming back." Check out photos from the meal here.