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Tartine Bakery

By   /  April 27, 2012  /  Food  /  No Comments

Asked the ridiculous “last meal” question that every famous, and not so famous, food person must endure, Jacques Pepin came up with a good answer:  “the best bread with the best butter.”  The 80-something Pepin, a true cultural hero, has made a career out of teaching French technique on public television and publishing companion books [...]

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LihoLiho Yacht Club at Citizen’s Band

By   /  April 26, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  1 Comment

Normally I would not write about a meal that is not regularly available, and such is the case with Ravi Kapur’s pop up dinner I attended on Monday at Citizen’s Band.  But, based on the popularity of these 12-course family style meals–$65 a person including tax and tip–I am pretty sure that they will pop [...]

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Ippuku

By   /  April 24, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  2 Comments

Japanese barmen milk shochu from a long overhead rack of upside down bottles, at the front of Ippuku, the authentic yakitori in Berkeley. They squirt 50 proof barley, rice and sweet potato liquors into frosty glasses and   concoct cocktails with the vodka-like liquor, citrus, ginger and spritzer over ice. They purposely over pour cold, artisan [...]

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Where to take Mom

By   /  April 22, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Next to Christmas, Mother’s Day is the biggest retail bonanza of the year, a $14 billion industry according to the National Retail Federation, a group that has done its research on the consuming preferences of moms.  Guess again if you thought mom wants a day at home with the family. 73% of moms like to [...]

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Bi-Rite Creamery soft serve window

By   /  April 20, 2012  /  Food  /  No Comments

Here’s my dirty little secret: I go for ice cream after eating Asian, or, as happened last night, vegetarian.  The most convenient spot always turns out to be the Bi-Rite Creamery soft serve window because there is never a line.  I park on the corner illegally, turn on the hazard lights, and run to the [...]

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903

By   /  April 20, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Econ 101: fill a need and they will come. Matsumi Takehara, mother of two, elite pastry chef and owner of the Sandbox Bakery in Bernal Heights, wanted a place in her neighborhood where parents and kids could have a good time eating  together.  Her bakery started that mission two years ago, but 903, her restaurant [...]

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Gilberth’s

By   /  April 19, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

A newcomer to  Dogpatch,  Gilberth’s quietly started serving a unique  menu of pan-Latin American fusion last month.   Without a sign, beer and wine, or press releases, its opening was so soft, hardly anyone noticed.  But once you eat there, you won’t forget it. My road to discovery started around the block from the Workshop Residence [...]

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Roostertail

By   /  April 19, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Roostertail, a new, family run chicken rotisserie a block from the Kabuki movie theater, captures what ingredient-crazed, vegetable gorging, farmers’ market addicted San Franciscans truly like: vibrant home-style cooking. While nothing can beat a chicken roasted at home, torn apart hot from the oven, the golden skinned birds at Roostertail ( $6.50/ quarter; $18.50/whole) come [...]

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Tacolicious and Bar Mosto

By   /  April 19, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Are these people crazy? Why bring another taqueria to the Mission where, thank goodness, $3.50 still buys a soulful taco piled high with meat, and $6.50 a burrito that satisfies all day? Because the Mission doesn’t have anything like Tacolicious, a full service operation with a Mexico City-style menu, an adjoining tequila bar, a tailored [...]

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Original Joe’s

By   /  April 18, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Eaters in this town wondered if Original Joe’s would ever reopen after a fire destroyed it four years ago. This beloved institution, started in 1937, drew devoted customers from all walks of life to one of the funkiest blocks of the Tenderloin. I am ecstatic to report  that the new Original Joe’s, in the former [...]

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