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Dining, Eat Sheer Poetry

Sheer Poetry

It's difficult to visit a restaurant for the first time without having a preconceived notion of what it's going to be like — especially in this age of multiple Internet postings about places that are still under construction, and amateur…
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Dining, Eat The Out-of-Towners

The Out-of-Towners

If you live in the Bay Area, you're sure to get this sooner or later: Friends or family from out of town are planning a visit to the area, and they want your advice on where they should eat. I…
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Dining, Eat Eggs and Cheese, Cheese and Eggs

Eggs and Cheese, Cheese and Eggs

One of my favorite things about appetite is also one of the most mysterious: the yearning for something specific, the certainty that I want fresh grapefruit juice this morning, or winy Keemun tea, or iced coffee; or that it must…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Soufflés

Café Jacqueline 1454 Grant (at Green), 981-5565 The two major ingredients of soufflés -- eggs and air -- are inexpensive and in great supply, but the skill involved in combining them is apparently not, so soufflés have largely disappeared…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Sissy-Drink Bar

Top of the Mark InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California (at Mason), 616-6916, www.topofthemark.com When the Top of the Mark opened its 360-degree vistas to the public in 1939, candied violets, pomegranate juice, and lemongrass weren't in your standard…
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Dining, Eat Not So Suite

Not So Suite

I felt secure in choosing La Suite for the final night's meal of my friends Jeff and John's trip to San Francisco because I'd enjoyed my visits to the numerous restaurants operated by its owners, Jocelyn Bulow and Marc-Henri Sempere…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Restaurant for Girlfriend Maintenance

Best Restaurant for Girlfriend Maintenance You want romance? This tiny, Paris-style bistro stinks of romance. Tucked into a cozy storefront on upper Grant in North Beach, the restaurant serves a clientele that runs heavily toward couples engaged in affaires de…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Bastardization of the Martini

Once upon a time, a martini meant one thing: gin and as minimal an amount of dry vermouth as possible. Then wimps with immature taste buds started substituting vodka for the gin, and the rest is history. Now we have…
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Dining, Eat

High Attitude

The South Park Cafe could easily be mistaken for a smart Paris spot, except for the lack of cigarette smoke: That's pure California. There is, through the glass doors and across a narrow lane, South Park itself, a kind of…
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Dining, Eat

Suds City

As an American cultural marker, beer has always been distinctly blue-collar, something to serve with hamburgers and potato salad at summer barbecues or to guzzle from cans while watching football on TV. Men in expensive suits at paneled clubs, meanwhile,…
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Dining, Eat

Puff pieces

Souffle. The word itself is so luxurious -- as compared to, say, oatcake. Souffle. Say it. Roll it around in your mouth. So French in that slightly naughty, indulgent way. So, feeling un peu decadent -- dare I take a…
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