NIDO featured on San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2015

NIDO featured on San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2015

Well we did it again. NIDO was featured in Michael Bauer's annual list of Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants for the second year in a row.

Surrounded by concrete pylons of Interstate 880, a gasoline station and semi-industrial buildings, Nido doesn’t look like a place where you’d find farm-to-table Mexican cooking. However, one bite of Silvia McCollow’s food and you quickly recognize her meticulous approach.

NIDO Recommended by Michelin Guide

NIDO Recommended by Michelin Guide

Michelin Guide:

The industrial area west of the I-880 freeway doesn't boast many good restaurants, but this hidden Mexican gem is an exception.

NIDO featured on 7x7's "The Big Eat Oakland"

Coming in at #6 with our delicious Pollo Sobado con Mole Negro, we're happy to say we've been featured on 7x7's definitive list of 50 Things to Taste Before You Die:

After years of putting together the annual Big Eat San Francisco, in 2014 we expanded our famous culinary listicle across the Bay Bridge. From the chilaquiles at Grand Lake Kitchen to Hopscotch's Yonsei Oyster, here are 50 things you need to try in the Town before you die.

A Farmers Market stroll with Silvia

A Farmers Market stroll with Silvia

San Jose Mercury News:

It is one of the first truly fall-like days this year, cool and a little windy. Gray clouds, heavy with moisture veil the sunrise. And a steady but short-lived shower greets Silvia McCollow as she arrives at the Grand Lake farmers market shortly before 8 a.m.

"Some women shop for purses and shoes. I buy produce."

Nido Kitchen & Bar Ups the Ante

Nido Kitchen & Bar Ups the Ante

Oakland Magazine:

Every so often, my relationship with a cuisine gets rebooted, and I’ll think of that food—Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, or Basque, for instance—as my all-time favorite. Nido Kitchen & Bar, where Robin and I finally ate this summer, more than a year and a half after Silvia and Cory McCollow opened it (hey, we’ve been busy), is the latest pivot point in my dining preferences.

San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants as selected by Michael Bauer

San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants as selected by Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle:

"Compiling the list is an ongoing project. I dine out every night — sometimes I'll have two or three dinners in an evening — checking out new restaurants and returning to those I've previously reviewed."
"It's a continual process to reinvigorate the guide and come up with the widest range of first-rate choices. Every restaurant represented here has been visited at least three times, and in most cases, more."
"Each year, I revisit every restaurant on the previous year's list, and also all the new places that deserve to be considered. This year, 20 restaurants were added, including Nido in Oakland, Coqueta in San Francisco, Sir & Star in Olema, and Iyasare in Berkeley."
"Each year, when I finally finish the list, I reawaken to the fact that dining in the Bay Area is so rich. It's inarguably one of the best places to eat in the United States, and maybe the world."
Nido
This tiny Mexican restaurant, fenced in by Interstate 880, a gasoline station and semi-industrial buildings, doesn't seem like a likely place for farm-to-table cooking, but Silvia McCollow and her husband, Cory, have made it a worthy destination. The interior makes the most of its working-class setting, with scarred concrete and plaster walls, rippled metal doors from industrial storage containers and benches that look like they're made from scrap lumber. Silvia, born in Mexico, was a schoolteacher and when her husband was transferred to the Bay Area with the Coast Guard, she decided to follow her dream. Cocktails are also special.