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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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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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State Bird Provisions

By   /  April 18, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

The ideal culinary couple, chef Stuart Brioza and pastry chef Nicole Krasinski, last cooked for the public at Rubicon, until Francis Ford Coppola sold it in 2008.  But their luminous dinners made such an impression, their patrons swept them up for private events. When I ran into Brioza at the farmers market over the years, [...]

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Acquerello

By   /  April 18, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Luxury has lost some luster in San Francisco.  Natives now wait in line at itinerant food trucks to eat standing up from cardboard cartons. A mania for street food has swept the City.  But the high end restaurant is fighting back. Recently,  Acquerello, the distinguished, 21 year old bastion of refined northern Italian food and [...]

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Plow

By   /  April 18, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

The baby sitting next to me at Plow had impeccable manners. She delicately ate her chocolate spiced donut hole ($1.75) without spraying crumbs, unlike me. And then she sat patiently until the rest of breakfast arrived, which took awhile since the dining room in this sun-lit, converted architect’s studio on a Potrero Hill corner, was [...]

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Golden Gate Dim Sum Seafood Restaurant

By   /  April 18, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  1 Comment

Golden Gate Dim Sum Seafood Restaurant 1829 Clement Street (at 19th Street), San Francisco Contact: 415 666-3883; www.goldengatedimsumsf.com Recommended dishes: pork neck with fermented black beans, red wine oxtail, turnip cake with Chinese sausage, herb chicken feet, claypot with gingko nuts; dessert soup of jasmine tea, soy milk and tofu skin My elegant Shanghai friends, [...]

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