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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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Top Spots for Tea

Most cafés offer a basic tea selection, but when you’re on the hunt for higher quality or a wide selection, where do you go? Locals recommend Tillerman Tea in Napa,

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Worthwhile Stops in Walnut Creek

Visiting Walnut Creek? Chowhounds say that Guanatos Ice Cream, Sichuan House, and Chopin Café are worth a look.

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Scoring a Ma La Hit with Sichuan Peppercorn Peanuts

Sichuan food’s all the rage in San Francisco right now, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself suddenly addicted to the numbing quality of Sichuan peppercorns. For a ma

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Killer Dinners for Solo Diners

For a diner eating alone on an unlimited budget, what are the best places to go in the Bay Area? Locals suggest a range of styles and price points, including

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Weekday-Specific Dishes Around the Bay

A Chowhound conversation about dishes only available on certain days of the week reveals must-try meals you should plot on your calendar. One example: Canela’s Sunday-only paella, which takes at

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Dungeness Crab Season Opens in SF

With Dungeness crab season opening in November (recreational is open now; commercial is scheduled to open November 15), Chowhounds are speculating about this year’s catch. One early report noticed a

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Memphis Minnie’s Brisket: Still Going Strong

A lunch stop at Memphis Minnie’s on Haight Street reminded one admirer why he likes the restaurant so much: The smoky, tender brisket, sliced thick, rises to the level of

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Ballpark Bites for Giants and A’s Games

Do any of the sports arenas in the Bay Area sell decent food, or at least decent enough to ignore the price gouging? A’s fans say they prefer to pack

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Is a Wine Country Passport a Good Deal?

Visitors to Sonoma and Napa Wine Country can buy passports that allow free tastings and discounted purchases at certain participating wineries. Are these passports a good deal? Locals say not

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San Francisco’s Best Dim Sum Dishes

When you’re headed out for dim sum, what should you order? Local Chowhounds are keeping an updated guide to their favorite dishes at various restaurants; a recent entry features the

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Chinatown, From a Local’s Point of View

As a San Francisco local who’s visited Chinatown’s greatest hits, what’s the best way to explore the neighborhood? Chowhounds recommend planning a route that includes a stop at the fortune

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Hitting the High Notes at Oakland’s Nido

The farm-to-table Mexican cuisine at Oakland’s Nido moves into fall with dishes marked by autumnal tones like winter squash and braising greens. Chowhounds praise the grilled pork chop in almond

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“Grandma Pizza” Coming to Berkeley

The diversity of pizza styles available in the Bay Area just expanded with word that Artichoke Basille’s, a small New York–based chain, will open in Berkeley. The pizzeria’s “grandma slice,”

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Chowhounds Weigh In on SF’s 2014 Michelin Stars

With the announcement of which restaurants received stars (and which were unstarred) in the 2014 Michelin Guide for the Bay Area, there’s plenty of chatter on Chowhound about surprising omissions

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Chowhound Find in a Bay Area Motel

Tucked into a motel on El Camino Real in Millbrae, Bashamichi is a Japanese restaurant named for a road in the port city that was the early base for foreign

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Reservationless Saturday Nights in SF

When it’s Saturday night, you don’t feel like cooking, you don’t have a reservation, and you don’t want to stand in line, where do you eat? San Francisco locals suggest

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Happy Bellies at San Mateo’s Happy Noodles

For a satisfying meal on the Peninsula, check out San Mateo’s Happy Noodles. Order the satisfying Yibin fried rice with ya cai (Sichuan preserved mustard greens; pictured) or dan dan

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Bay Area Autumn Pie Roundup

October’s the perfect season to score a pie, as pie makers take advantage of both the last of summer fruit and the new crop of apples. The chatter on Chowhound

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By-the-Glass Delights at San Francisco Wine Bars

For exceptional wine sold by the glass, locals say there’s plenty to like in the city of San Francisco. Try RN74 if Burgundy’s your pleasure, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant to

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Tricks, Treats, and Eats for a Halloween Meal

For those in search of a haunted Halloween dinner, this Chowhound thread discusses Bay Area restaurants with both spooky-themed dinners and high-quality cuisine. Suggestions so far include a saloon-styled evening

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