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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SO in SOMA Brings the Heat

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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Perhaps it's because it lies in the shadow of The Stud, SO's New Wave revival décor flashed us back to the '80s; we have expected Debora Iyall or Jello Biafra to wander in. That didn't happen, but a scrumptious Asian fusion meal did.

A little bit Chinese and a little bit Korean, this SOMA staple is packed with Bed Bath & Beyond refugees by day and locals by night. The usual suspects abound on the menu, like Broccoli Beef ($7), which is crisp, lightly sauced, and escorted by a mound of rice. The heat level is generally high.

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Case in point: The "Whatever!!!!!" ($9.00), a hearty hybrid of meat-of-your-choice, peanuts, cashews, and veggies, in a hair-on-your-chest sauce. But our fave is the Spicy Combination ($7.50), a red-hot pepper pot of stir-fried shrimp, calamari, mussels, beef, mixed vegetables, and noodles -- we haven't found a version this good outside of Koreatown L.A. As for SO's chicken wings ($6; deep fried in a light batter tossed in roasted red peppers, garlic and ginger sauce): don't even think about just one order for a group, or fur will fly.

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