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Brunch at O’Reilly’s Holy Grail

San Francisco’s other Irish bars don’t come close to competing with O’Reilly’s, says waterboy. Try the smoked trout on a potato pancake–the potato pancake is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, the way it’s supposed to be but rarely is. An READ MORE

Talking Pizza in Nanuet: a Superior Mushroom Pie

Martio’s bakes a superior thin-crust fresh mushroom pizza–“the best anywhere I’ve been,” swears Deven Black, who has been around. ... READ MORE

A Hound Walks Into a Bar…and Finds Killer Wings

At McKenna’s, a dingy watering hole on West 14th, there’s a bright spot for Chowhounds: improbably good chicken wings. Piping hot and robed in a sweet, sticky, liquorish glaze, they come with blue cheese dressing and a heap of crispy, salty fries. ... READ MORE

Great Mexican Supermarket Grub

Vallarta Supermarket, a Latino chain with a cluster of branches in the San Fernando Valley, has been expanding like a pack of Gremlins. Dirt cheap but scrupulously clean, they’re smart enough to branch out a little bit from the “Latino grocery store” ster READ MORE

Storing Apples

Apples like it cool, so don’t store them on the kitchen counter. Not many of us have root cellars these days, but that’s about the climate you want: cool and dark. A garage or basement would do, so long as the temperature doesn’t get below freezing. ... READ MORE

Candy at Target Stores

Target’s house-brand chocolate, called Choxie, is pretty to look at, but hounds say it tastes waxy and greasy. Hatless has found that some of the solid bars are OK. The Mexican-style dark chocolate bar, flavored with chile pepper and cinnamon, is pretty READ MORE

No-Boil Lasagne Noodles and Permutations Thereof

No-boil lasagne noodles can work really well, provided you follow a few key steps in preparing your lasagne. Use plenty of sauce, make your sauce a bit thinner than you normally would, and make sure to cover the entire surface of the noodles with sauce. C READ MORE

Garlic – Slice, Mince, Press?

The more you do to a clove of garlic, the more potent its flavor will be. Slice the stuff into very thin slices, and it will melt into a sauce. Mince it, and you’ll get more of a garlic punch throughout your dish. Put it through a press or puree it, and i READ MORE

Yahoo Courts Foodies

New niche-interest site Yahoo! Food launched yesterday amid media buzz. The site boasts content from major mags and is eminently user-friendly, but will it fly with the truly food obsessed? READ MORE

Squanto Never Ate Popcorn

Did the Pilgrims really eat popcorn? CHOW investigates Thanksgiving dinner. READ MORE