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In SF’s Mission District, NY Slices Look Legit

For a quick bite, a New York–style slice satisfies the taste buds and the wallet, but too often slices in the Bay Area taste like oil-soaked cardboard. An early report

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Amazing Croissants Exist 20 Miles South of San Francisco

For an exemplary croissant that feels like a taste of France, follow this tip from Chowhound. Drive to the Redwood City Sofitel hotel, park near the entrance, and tell the

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SF’s Dobbs Ferry Is Awesome

San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood is a convenient walk from events at the symphony, opera, or Nourse Auditorium, and according to one Chowhound member, the unpretentious chow at Dobbs Ferry

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Pizzeria Delfina Fires It Up South of SF

With two outlets open in San Francisco, Pizzeria Delfina has burst onto the Peninsula scene with a new restaurant in Burlingame. This is the first PD to offer pasta; chewy

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Neighborhood Elegance at Polk Street’s Verbena

Verbena, the offshoot of Berkeley’s Gather, may require your patience in parsing the menu: Some ‘hounds say it’s difficult to determine portion sizes and assemble a meal. One satisfied diner

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Knockout Spätzle at Mountain View’s Bierhaus

Mountain View’s Bierhaus, formerly SteakOut, has had more identity crises than a character in a made-for-TV movie about multiple personality disorder. Now the restaurant amplifies the meaty menu with German

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Quick, Tasty Dinners in Potrero and Dogpatch

With proximity to the 101 and 280 freeways, the Dogpatch neighborhood is an easy spot to grab a bite before spending an hour in gridlock. For a satisfying dinner in

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Killer Korean in the East Bay

A conversation about the best Korean in the East Bay surfaces several enticing suggestions from Chowhound users. “Refined” Bowl’d prepares high-quality renditions of classic dishes like kimchi jjigae, FuseBox offers

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Chicken Wings That Hit the Spot

What is it about a chicken wing that’s so satisfying? From spicy to sticky-sweet, the Bay Area offers a bevy of options for wing-lovers, including Korean wings at Namu in

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The Best Bay Area Food Gifts for Foreign Friends

When you’re visiting friends who live abroad, which gifts best convey the bounty of the Bay Area’s culinary delights? Locals recommend Blue Bottle coffee, sourdough bread, June Taylor jam, dried

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Get It: Brunch at Hi Lo BBQ

The lines at popular brunch spots in the Mission are nearly as epic as the bills can be. Hi Lo BBQ, where Sunday brunch has been served for just a

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Food’s Finally on the Radar at This SF Wine Hot Spot

Last year, the Heirloom Café in the Mission earned a rave review in the Financial Times for its wine list, but does the food match the quality of the drink?

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San Jose Pakistani Still Rocking

An update on a 2009 report on Pakistani grub at a San Jose restaurant: Five years later, Gulzaar Halaal Restaurant & Bakery is “still going strong” with tender kebabs and

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Roast Goose Hunting at SF’s Ming Kee

Meat’s where it’s at when you’re talking about the Chinese barbecue joint Ming Kee, which recently reopened on Ocean Avenue. The roast goose, available weekends only, is a special treat;

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Fun Wines, Excellent Piggy at Oakland’s Barrel Room

The Barrel Room, near Union Square in SF, recently opened a Rockridge outpost. According to an early report on Chowhound, the broader food menu at the Oakland wine bar is

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In the Bay Area, Team-Building Food Events That Are Not Lame

Team-building events can be a drag, but a question about a food-related event for a coworkers brought up a number of intriguing ideas. Suggestions include a tour of St. George

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Mien Cuisine Pops Up at Naked Lunch

New Year’s resolution to break out of a dining rut? Checking out the minority Mien cuisine that pops up on Sundays at Naked Lunch might do the trick: Chao Mien

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Dim Sum Spots in Chinatown (Not Touristy, Please)

Along the Grant Avenue stretch of San Francisco’s Chinatown, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the tourist hordes pushing through barkers flapping laminated menus for unexceptional restaurants. Where can you

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Converting a Fish-Hater? Try These Restaurants

When you’re dining with someone who finds the idea of fish a bit dodgy (particularly when there’s a face attached to said fish), where should you go and what should

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Nieves Cinco de Mayo Opens in San Francisco

Note to ice cream obsessives: Chowhound bigwheel042 sends word to head to Mission Market, where you’ll find the newest outlet of Nieves Cinco de Mayo. This Fruitvale ice creamery features

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Dinner and a Drink: Pair Front Porch with Rock Bar

Rock Bar, from the Front Porch folks, offers the full bag of mixology tricks, from tinctures to infusions, says Chowhound mariacarmen. To set down a foundation to soak up the

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