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Dining, Eat 4505 Burgers & BBQ and Smokestack: Styles of Barbecue Continue to Mingle in San Francisco

4505 Burgers & BBQ and Smokestack: Styles of Barbecue Continue to Mingle in San Francisco

There is no food more fraught, more contentious, in this country than barbecue. Sure, people will debate the relative merits of deep dish or New York pizza, hot dogs with or without ketchup, chili with or without beans, but never…
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Dining, SFoodie The Best Burger in the Mission Right Now

The Best Burger in the Mission Right Now

Burger hunger games generally start with the basics: find red meat between bread. Province of the meat, prep method and fat content are open for debate -- wide, wide open -- and texture is ever important. Eyes are politely averted…
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Dining, Eat Hi-Lo BBQ: San Francisco Gets Its Own Barbecue

Hi-Lo BBQ: San Francisco Gets Its Own Barbecue

So our obsession with all things local has come to this: Northern California-style barbecue. When I first heard the term applied to the Mission's new Hi-Lo BBQ, I rolled my eyes. My crew of dinner companions, barbecue fanatics the lot…
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Dining, SFoodie Mission Chinese Food's Kung Pao Corned Beef

Mission Chinese Food's Kung Pao Corned Beef

"This shit is no joke," Mission Chinese Food's Danny Bowien warned yesterday as he set down a plate of kung pao corned beef ($11) on day one of MCF's new BBQ menu. Corned beef? To paraphrase Spinal Tap's David St.…
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Dining, SFoodie Curing Whiz Dave Knopp Departs Pal's Takeaway

Curing Whiz Dave Knopp Departs Pal's Takeaway

Call it bittersweet. Mission deli Pal's Takeaway says goodbye to sidekick Dave Knopp tomorrow with a final Knopp creation, a pulled chicken sandwich with pepper gravy and house-pickled onions. Turns out Knopp cut back his involvement at Pal's weeks ago;…
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Dining, SFoodie Onigilly, Pal's Takeaway: Two Lunch Options Outside the Ordinary

Onigilly, Pal's Takeaway: Two Lunch Options Outside the Ordinary

Looking for an al fresco lunch option? The Wednesday guest-chef sandwich at Pal's is designed by Ryan Ostler, the guy who (with Kat Zacher) spawned a cult of adulation first at Broken Record, then at Bruno's. Today's Ostlerwich is pulled,…
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Dining, SFoodie Bruno's Chefs Reunite for Bar BQ Tartine Dinners

Bruno's Chefs Reunite for Bar BQ Tartine Dinners

Last week, Tablehopper announced that Ryan Ostler was going to be doing a guest chef stint at Bar Tartine, throwing a three- or four-course barbecue dinner on August 23 with his partner, Kat Zacher, who is now Bar Tartine's pastry…
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Dining, SFoodie Seeking Chefs to Carry On Nonstaurant Tradition: Bruno's

Seeking Chefs to Carry On Nonstaurant Tradition: Bruno's

Bruno's general manager Anna Gaebe says she's is in talks with chefs interested in taking over the kitchen at the Mission Street bar and nightclub. Chefs Ryan Ostler and Katharine Zacher wrapped up their eight-month run last weekend. Inside Scoop…
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Dining, Eat Bruno’s: Decor gets a divorce

Bruno’s: Decor gets a divorce

In the era of pop-up restaurants and upscale street carts, are decor and food going through a divorce? Most restaurants are still designed to create a multisensory experience that reflects the meal and the diners themselves. But many of us…
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Dining, Eat Bar cuisine at the Broken Record

Bar cuisine at the Broken Record

If you live out in the Excelsior District, you probably already know about the Broken Record. Located four blocks east of the Mission/Geneva crossroad along a broad swatch of barbershops, auto repair establishments, and pizzerias, its rambunctious hipster vibe is…
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