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Weekday Brunch = No Painful Wait

The lines at Dottie’s True Blue Café and Brenda’s French Soul Food may be as legendary as the food. But Chowhounds say weekdays are a great time to explore the

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Upscale Middle Eastern in San Francisco

While there’s a good selection of dine-and-dash Middle Eastern restaurants in the Bay Area serving wraps and the like, where would you go for a dinner that’s suitable to impress

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Sleek Bar Snacks at New Zealand–Style Pop-Up

While many pop-ups are bare-bones affairs, the Waiheke Island Yacht Club’s sleek design—and sleek prices—point toward its intended audience of America’s Cup fans. ‘Hounds praise the bar snacks and oysters

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Are Moon Cakes the Chinese Fruitcake?

A Chowhound conversation about the arrival of moon cakes at local markets posed an interesting question: Are these pastries, exchanged during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese equivalent of fruitcakes—often given

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A Do-It-Yourself Cheese Tour of the North Bay

While you can use this handy map as a guide to Sonoma and Marin cheesemakers, a discussion on Chowhound marks the best producers to visit on a DIY tour. ‘Hounds

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SpoonRocket’s Meal Delivery in a Flash

SpoonRocket‘s model is compelling: The service promises delivery (currently to Berkeley and Emeryville) of $6 meals in an average of 10 minutes. How’s the food? So far, Chowhounds say it’s

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The Cronut Has Landed in SF

Versions of the Cronut—the croissant-donut hybrid created and trademarked by a New York City bakery—have landed in the Bay Area at the South Bay’s Paris Baguette and San Francisco’s Lee’s

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Mikkeller Bar Brings Danish Spin to SF Beer Scene

Mikkeller Bar‘s extensive tap list featuring smaller cult brewers has impressed San Francisco beer-lovers, but Chowhounds are saying the serving sizes of pours (listed in centiliters) can be difficult to

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A Drink and Snack Tour of Hayes Valley

With many of-the-moment restaurants in Hayes Valley, you might find yourself in need of a predinner drink or snack in the neighborhood. Chowhounds recommend Two Sisters Bar and Books, Muka,

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Checking In on La Boulange at Starbucks

When Starbucks bought Bay Area bakery La Boulange last year, fans were curious as to how entrepreneur Pascal Rigo’s pastries would translate to the international caffeine empire. Reports so far

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Mining Japantown’s Culinary Treasures

Japantown may not seem like destination dining, but a Chowhound conversation about neighborhood highlights surfaces several intriguing options. ‘Hounds say go for the okonomiyaki at Mifune Don, ramen at Waraku,

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What to Order at Wayfare Tavern

The fried chicken at Wayfare Tavern gets all the press, but what else is good at Tyler Florence’s Financial District restaurant? Chowhound users compiled a list, including luscious fried oysters,

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Destination-Worthy Pizza at Benchmark

When taking stock of the best pizzas in the Bay Area, don’t miss Kensington’s Benchmark Pizzeria. Chowhounds note the chewy, charred crust and thoughtful toppings at this East Bay wood-fired

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Kasa’s Kati Rolls Arrive on Polk Street

Kasa Indian Eatery on 18th Street is a popular stop before or after a movie at the nearby Castro Theatre. Chowhounds praise the kati rolls (flatbread wraps stuffed with fillings

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Suppenküche Still Going Strong 20 Years On

Suppenküche, a Bavarian Wirtshaus–style restaurant, has held the edge of Hayes Valley’s main drag for two decades. According to Chowhound, this classic still commands hourlong waits at prime time for

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Purple Kow Stokes East Bay Boba Mania

Purple Kow, one of many bubble tea shops in San Francisco with long lines for custom-blended drinks, opened an East Bay branch in Berkeley. Word on Chowhound is that the

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Wine Kitchen in the Western Addition

Wine Kitchen opened earlier this year along the hopping Divisadero corridor of the Western Addition, and one Chowhound says it’s worth a look for the small plates like sliced beef

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Guilty Pleasures, San Francisco Style

As a self-described “diabetic fat guy,” one Chowhound was looking to break his usual diet with a single treat in San Francisco. Suggestions poured in, ranging from gimlets and a

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A Fresh Look at San Francisco’s Tenderloin

The Tenderloin’s reputation as a rough neighborhood merits a mention in tourist guidebooks, but San Franciscans know it’s also a destination for affordable ethnic eats. In a discussion of Tenderloin

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Broken Record Still Spinning

When the pop-up chefs packed up their lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and departed Broken Record (to open Rickybobby), fans wondered if the Excelsior district bar would continue serving interesting food.

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Gelato in Farmers’ Market Flavors

Free samples are nothing new at the famed Saturday market at San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza, but Chowhounds think this one might be worth seeking out: “California-style gelato” from Petaluma-based Cremeux

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