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Hot Buttered Yum: Holiday Drinks Around the Bay

For a cozy catch-up session over a hot beverage, which meeting places are best? The clubby atmosphere and hot toddies at the Presidio Social Club beckon, as do the Irish

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For Holiday Cheer, Try French Hard Cider

Hard cider from the Normandy region in France pairs well with food and adds a celebratory note to many occasions. Where can you find it in the Bay Area? Try

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’Tis the Season for Ginger Cookies

Does anything taste better than a soft, spicy ginger cookie on a cold day? Find excellent examples at Blue Bottle Coffee in Mint Plaza and Flour & Co on Hyde

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Best Restaurant Bread Service

Refreshing a conversation on the best breads served at Bay Area restaurants, locals rave about the fried bread under burrata at State Bird Provisions, the soft white crumb that comes

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San Francisco Mourns Zuni’s Judy Rodgers

Zuni Café has been home to many special occasions, from engagements, to friends reconnecting over a bottle of wine and the restaurant’s famous roast chicken (pictured). And the influence of

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Marla Bakery’s New Mission Digs

After operating as a pop-up, Marla Bakery opened recently in more permanent digs on York Street in the Mission District. The quality dough and concentrated fillings in both the quince

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To Try at the Revitalized Tosca

Tosca Café in North Beach benefits from a spit-and-polish renovation as well as a fresh menu from new chef-owner April Bloomfield (of New York’s Spotted Pig). Recent reports say that

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Low-Key Christmas Visit to Sonoma County

Plotting a trip to Sonoma County during Christmas week? Locals recommend the “unpretentious, casual” flair at places like Cafe Citti, Fremont Diner, and El Molino Central.

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Give Us Bread and Give Us Sauce

James Syhabout, of Commis and Hawker Fare, recently opened Box and Bells in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. Early reports praise the sea scallops and rib-eye, but say that gratis bread would

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Stalwart Buckeye Still Shines in Marin

Open since 1937, Buckeye Roadhouse is a stalwart along Highway 101 in Marin. Swoon over the classic Oysters Bingo broiled with spinach and garlic, and note that the bar booths

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Tableside Tartare at Bix

Dinner—or a drink—at Bix is a classy affair, and the tableside prep of beef tartare makes any occasion feel even more special. Tips from Chowhound: You can order tartare from

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Pecan Pie Good Enough to Convert Haters

Had enough pie at Thanksgiving? No such thing. Try the exemplary slice of pecan tart prepared by the café at Spruce; one ‘hound praises the “wondrously silky caramel sauce,” which

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Mission Possible: Fab Pasta, No Wait

San Francisco is deservedly famous for Cal-Italian restaurants where house-made pasta is prized. But without a reservation (or the desire to wait in line), where do you go? Locals suggest

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You Haven’t Had Oakland’s Best Cheesecake Yet (Or Have You?)

The creamy, sweet cheesecake at Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts is killer, one Chowhound member says. The tiny shop’s only open on Wednesdays and Fridays, when you can find far-out flavors like

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Sichuan Throwdown at China Village Chowdown

Chowdowns—shared meals organized by Chowhound participants—are a great way to sample an array of offerings at a restaurant among friendly and adventurous diners, and it seems the Sichuan chowdown at

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For Perfect Poutine: Make Your Own?

If the hair of the dog cures a hangover, perhaps poutine is a worthy follow-up after a Thanksgiving feast? Those who dare hop on the cheese and gravy train say

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Taiwanese Megachain Brings Sea Salt Coffee to SF Bay

85°C is a Taiwanese megachain bakery with more than 300 branches. Its new shop in Newark lures those patient enough to brave the lines to score signature items like sea

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Judging San Francisco’s Newest Breweries

A spate of new breweries have opened in San Francisco in the last few years, but how do they stack up against established brands like Anchor and 21st Amendment? A

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Get in Line at Guddu de Karahi

The opening of Guddu de Karahi, the new restaurant from the former owner of Lahore Karahi, strikes a sentimental note for Chef Guddu’s admirers from his Tenderloin days, and wins

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Off-Menu Soup at Turtle Tower

Impress your friends with off-menu cred at Northern Vietnamese favorite Turtle Tower. One Chowhound user uncovered a steaming bowl of pho tai ga, chicken pho with rare beef added, at

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Potrero Hill’s Heights of Dining

Sure, Potrero Hill’s views charm many, but what’s for dinner? In this neighborhood, both Chez Maman and Pera have fans; in neighboring Dogpatch, pick up an order of pupusas at

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