'Bar Crudo,' Hoodline Writer To Appear On KQED's Restaurant Review Show

The next episode of Check Please! Bay Area features two entities familiar to our readers: Hoodline neighborhood editor Alisa Scerrato will appear as a guest, and Divisadero eatery Bar Crudo is one of the restaurants to be featured.

Bar Crudo opened on Bush Street in 2005, but owner-brothers Mike and Tim Selvera—twins and Western Addition residents—relocated to Divisadero in 2009. With a focus on fresh seafood, Bar Crudo's raw bar and extensive beer and wine selection make it a popular spot for local eaters.

For the last 18 years, Scerrato, a Hoodline writer since 2015, has lived in Napa, Western Addition, Cole Valley, and now, Corona Heights. Married to a chef, she and her husband "have been watching 'Check, Please!' for years and love it," she said.

Bar Crudo celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. | Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline

"One night last fall, I was in the kitchen writing up a Hoodline story and my husband was in the other room watching the show. He suggested I apply and I did," Scerrato recalled. "They called me in to the studio a few months later to meet the producer, and we hit it off."

Scerrato said she selected Bar Crudo "because it's in my old neighborhood where I lived in the late 90s when there was nothing like it around there at the time." Fresh seafood, a wide selection of local beer "and the hip yet unassuming atmosphere" keep her coming back, she said.

As a longtime viewer, Scerrato said she was happy to appear on Check Please! Bay Area. "Everyone there has been great to work with," said Scerrato, "and [host] Leslie Sbrocco is hilarious."

To apply to be a guest on Check Please! Bay Area, submit an online application that describes your favorite restaurant.

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