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New Tricks at Trick Dog

The current record-album-themed drinks and bites menu at Trick Dog surpasses even the last one according to regulars. Make a pit stop for a ginger-chicken rice plate and the She’s

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Booking This Year’s Holiday Party? The Time is Now

September is the time to lock down private rooms for holiday parties, and Chowhounds are chatting about the possibilities. Southern Pacific might be viable for a casual burgers-and-beers gathering; newcomer

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A Look Back at San Francisco Coffee Culture

A lively conversation discusses the extent to which San Francisco and its surrounds had a thriving coffee culture in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Frappe, anyone?

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Reasonable Tipples at Oakland’s Ordinaire

A new Oakland wine shop offers wines on tap and by the bottle. Of note: Ordinaire’s selection leans toward Californians, with many wines priced under $10 per glass.

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Tu Lan Reopens, Who’s Up for It?

Some call it a dive, others a dump, but Tu Lan on 6th Street certainly has its share of fans, and that remains true after its reopening following a closure

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Finding Terrific Taro Cake

With a layer of mashed taro filling on a sponge cake topped with whipped cream frosting, the taro cake at L’epi D’or in Cupertino is delicious enough to serve as

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Cheap and Healthy in the East Bay

For diners going the healthy route and wanting clean, fresh flavors that might be gluten- or dairy-free, what’s a good choice in the East Bay? Locals recommend Potala, Enssaro, and

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Guddu de Karahi: Is the Magic Back?

Lahore Karahi was a much-loved Tenderloin restaurant before the owner, Guddu, left and took his magic with him. Though Lahore Karahi was purchased by another owner and lives on in

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Burning Man Effect: Fact or Fiction?

When Burning Man takes place in the Nevada desert, rumor has it that the city of San Francisco empties out, parking’s a cinch, and reservations are easy to get. On

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Two New Contenders Riding the Boba Wave

Two recent arrivals on the San Francisco bubble tea scene: Chinatown’s Cool Tea Bar, which offers a roasted milk tea (and a kid size that’s plenty sufficient); and Super Cue

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Cocktail Crawl in San Francisco

Where are the must-go cocktail spots in San Francisco? Locals recommend the Burritt Room, Two Sisters, and Rickhouse, among others.

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Dim Sum Cart Service in Chinatown

Dim sum with cart service can be a fun experience, especially for diners who’re unfamiliar with the cuisine and enjoy pointing to choose their food. In terms of Chinatown spots,

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20th Century Café: An Afternoon Treat

A new Vienna-style café in Hayes Valley impresses locals on the hunt for a coffee and cake break in the afternoon. Stop by 20th Century Café for the Russian honey

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Finding Burmese in Fremont

A tiny restaurant in a strip mall in Fremont is the newest addition to the Bay Area Burmese scene. Look to Kyain Kyain for Southeast Asian specialties like chicken rice

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New Xi’an Cuisine on Geary

Recently San Dong House on Geary at Second Avenue got a new look, rebranded as Xi An Gourmet. The original chef is building on his Xi’an heritage to turn out

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Chowhound Find: Sichuan Boiled Fish at the Pot Sticker

Searching through Chinatown’s tourist traps for a delicious bite can feel like a hassle, but Chowhound adamclyde has identified a dish worth the trouble. At the Pot Sticker he enjoyed

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A Cake Fit for a Princess

An airy confection of Swedish origin, Princess Cake alternates layers of sponge cake with raspberry jam, pastry cream, and whipped cream under a dome of green marzipan. Chowhounds say you

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Off-Menu Specials at Oakland’s Battambang

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Battambang, a Cambodian restaurant in Oakland. Chowhounds say the menu still delights, and note that certain off-menu specials, like crispy rice ball salad and

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Astonishing Lemongrass Sauce at Pho Ao Sen

The owner of Pho Ao Sen prepares a knock-your-socks-off condiment found on each table at the Oakland restaurant, but rabid fans also order it in tubs to go. A mixture

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Mining Nob Hill’s Culinary Treasures

For a fancy dinner on Nob Hill without a bottomless expense account, where would you go? For a high-end yet reasonably priced meal with interesting techniques or ingredients, locals recommend

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Seeking (and Finding) Delights in Haight-Ashbury

Dispelling the notion that the Upper Haight is a “foodie wasteland,” one visitor found plenty to like in this neck of the woods. Highlights include Magnolia‘s burger and The Alembic‘s

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