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Cijjo Lights Up Mountain View Small-Plates Scene

It’s too early for a final judgment on Mountain View newbie Cijjo, but one Chowhound member says that the “energetic” and “serious” approach of Chef Ira Siegel results in ambitious

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To-Go Food for Flights from SFO?

Departing out of SFO and want to pick up something in downtown San Francisco to eat on your flight? One good option is a stop at the International Food Court

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Sunday Dinners at St. Vincent

Though St. Vincent on Valencia Street normally closes on Sundays, it’s worth noting that occasionally they open for special dinners advertised on their website and through their email list. A

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Lao Restaurant Lovers: To the Excelsior!

A new combination Lao-Thai restaurant opened in the Excelsior on New Year’s Day, and ‘hounds are on it. Chowhound member soupçon drops the word that Maneelap Srimongkoun Restaurant serves a

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PizzaHacker Debuts in Old Inkas Space

PizzaHacker moves from pop-up to perma with a takeover of the old Inkas space on Mission Street. One early report crows that the new location is worth a visit for

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3 Dive Bar Veggie Burgers We Love

We all want to eat better in January and February, but kale smoothies lose their charm after about number 3. Our adjusted resolution for 2014: Keep living a normal existence,

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San Francisco’s Best Bites of 2013

The San Francisco board’s annual “Best Bites” list is a quick way to see which dishes were at the top of the pile for locals and tourists alike. The 2013

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AQ Spin-Off TBD Ablaze on Mission Street

The expansion trend continues with TBD, brought to you by the owners of AQ. With the “hipster hunting lodge” décor that’s au courant in San Francisco, the restaurant excites admirers

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La Nebbia, New Wine Bar from La Ciccia Owners

The bottarga and tuna heart dishes at La Ciccia, the Noe Valley Sardinian restaurant, are beloved among Chowhounds. Looks like La Nebbia, the owners’ new wine bar/restaurant, may match the

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Italian Panache at New Berkeley Gelateria

A new East Bay gelateria’s pure flavors and balanced sweetness recall memory’s of Italy’s best-quality frozen treats. Chowhounds say the careful attention to production at Caravaggio Gelateria Italiana pays off

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Yamadaya, LA-Based Ramen Chain, Lands in Japantown

The buzz was strong before Ramen Yamadaya‘s opening day on Buchanan Street in Japantown, and according to one early report, the soup lives up to the hype. Chowhound member hhc

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Top 10 San Francisco Restaurant Openings of 2013

The tech boom brought a flood of newcomers to the Bay Area in 2013, and more mouths means more appetites to sate with food trucks, pop-ups, cafeterias, and fine restaurants.

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The Best San Francisco Chowhound Finds of 2013

Chowhounds in the Bay Area are always on the hunt for a dish that haunts the memory, whether it’s rediscovering a classic or ferreting out a bite in a neighborhood

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The Scoop on Daniel Patterson’s Alta CA

Alta CA, Chef Daniel Patterson’s new small-plates restaurant, is a quick walk from the Twitter offices, but does it deserve a look from anyone not based in the Mid-Market neighborhood?

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Berkeley’s Revived Great China Still Impresses

After closing for repairs following a fire, Berkeley’s Great China has now reopened. Loyalists say the standards, including ma po tofu and walnut prawns, are as good if not better

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Vietnam House Deserves Your Love

Vietnam House, a restaurant on Eddy between Larkin and Polk, turns out sparkling renditions of Vietnamese classics like banh khot, yet doesn’t get the foot traffic of Little Saigon’s main-corridor

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Khao Soi, Unforgettable Northern Thai in SF

Many who return home to San Francisco after exotic trips come to crave a dish that recalls their travels, and for visitors to northern Thailand, khao soi is that unforgettable

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Best Oakland-Area Dim Sum

If you’re based in Oakland, where are your best bets for dim sum? At the newly reopened Peony, the shrimp har gow are particularly good, but a drive to Alameda’s

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Kill the Inner Chill with Beef Peanut Noodles

Sate beef noodles can take many forms, it seems from a recent discussion on Chowhound. Hai Ky Mi Gia’s version features beef and egg noodles in a thick peanut broth

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Pea Pancakes, Smoked Beer, and Cured Meat at Schmidt’s

Schmidt’s, a German restaurant in the Mission, wows diners with its well-executed takes on filling classics like veal schnitzel and chicken liver mousse. After a recent visit to the restaurant,

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City Discount: Mecca for Cookware Nuts

For service similar to what you’d find in carefully curated European specialty shops, City Discount is a longtime San Francisco favorite for cookware nuts. Chowhound member rebeccakinney praises the inventory

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