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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Aato: 1449 Lombard (at Van Ness), 292-2368, www.aatosf.com. Marina. Korean fusion. Barrel Room: 620 Post (at Cosmo), www.barrelroomsf.com. Nob Hill/Tenderloin. Wine bar. Beachside: 4300 Judah (at…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Aato: 1449 Lombard (at Van Ness), 292-2368, www.aatosf.com. Marina. Korean fusion. Barrel Room: 620 Post (at Cosmo), www.barrelroomsf.com. Nob Hill/Tenderloin. Wine bar. Cafe Bunn Mi: 417…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

Ahn Sushi and Soju: 177 Eddy (at Mason), 929-1118, www.ahn-sf.com. Tenderloin. Japanese and Korean. Arabian Nights: 2345 Mission (at 19th St.), 648-1444. Mission. Middle Eastern. Bamboo Asia: 41 Montgomery (at Sutter), www.eatatbamboo.com. Financial District. Pan-Asian. Bluestem Brasserie: 1 Yerba Buena…
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News, Feature We'll Always Have "Paris by Night"

We'll Always Have "Paris by Night"

Like the birthplaces of most empires, the houses on this street aren't much to look at: single-story, suburban starter homes with gray stucco, peeling door trims, and oil-stained, two-car driveways. A cherub-faced 29-year-old named Quang Le enters one of these…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Attic: 234 South B St. (at East Third Ave.), San Mateo, 650-342-4506, www.atticrestaurant.com. South Bay. Filipino/Pan-Asian. Brick and Bottle: 55 Tamal Vista (at Chickasaw), Corte Madera,…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. American Grilled Cheese Kitchen: 2 South Park (at Second St.), 243-0107, www.theamericansf.com. SOMA. Sandwiches. Another Monkey: 280 Valencia (at 14th St.), 241-0288, www.anothermonkeythai.com. Mission. Thai. Attic:…
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Film, FilmCap

Owl and the Sparrow tracks a week in the separate lives of three young Vietnamese

The humanistic ensemble drama has gotten such a bad name in recent years, thanks to ponderous high-profile entries like Crash and Babel, that a barebones plot description of Owl and the Sparrow might convince you that you've seen this movie…
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Dining, Eat Two Blocks of Vietnam

Two Blocks of Vietnam

It's clear that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn left something out when he said that art and literature are the only spiritual ambassadors between countries. If you attend the Church of Cuisine, my house of worship, eating the food of another country is…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Don't Go Away!

Fans of the HBO series Entourage might recognize Saigon, the rapper who was managed by the erstwhile Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) over the course of two seasons. But what many don't know is that Saigon (aka Brian Carenard) is an actual…
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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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Film, Free at Last

Free at Last

The questing hero of Hans Petter Moland's The Beautiful Country is a slender, big-eyed young man named Binh (California-educated Damien Nguyen), who has little going for him but his obsession. Ostracized in his homeland because he's the offspring of a…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Cheap Meal

Saigon Sandwiches 560 Larkin (at Eddy), 474-5698 For gourmands, slumming is a $6 burrito at Taqueria Can-Cun. For the rest of us, it's a $2.25 roast pork sandwich at Saigon Sandwiches, easily the best bargain in the city. The…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Restaurant Décor

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo (at Post), 931-3600, www.lecolonialsf.com Once you enter Le Colonial's encompassing atmosphere of drowsy tropical elegance, jangling, frenetic downtown San Francisco ceases to exist. This urban oasis, tucked away in the inner courtyard that once housed…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best New Ethnic Neighborhood

The heart of the Tenderloin may not be as touristed a locale as espresso-scented North Beach or the alleyways of Chinatown, but since the fall of Saigon three decades ago, this bedraggled neighborhood has been the commercial and cultural…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Street Food

The blithe, no-frills pleasure of scarfing a snack from a street-corner restaurateur is undeniable, but compared to what's available in Rome, Saigon, or Manhattan, our local opportunities for sidewalk noshing are severely limited. Fortunately, the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market has…
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Film, Secret Worlds

Secret Worlds

Tran Anh Hung's beautiful meditation on family ties and family traumas, The Vertical Ray of the Sun, marks a captivating new chapter in the career of the writer/director who was the first to give Americans a glimpse of Vietnamese filmmaking.…
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Dining, Eat East Is East

East Is East

When I was your basic bomb-beshadowed neurotic kid growing up in the stressful '60s, I couldn't decide which would be worse: being a girl and having babies, or being a guy and heading for Vietnam. The latter scenario seemed as…
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Dining, Eat

Side Dish

Under Yer Kilt Just in time for St. Paddy's, it's a new Irish pub and restaurant. No, it's not out on Geary with all the others -- it's located at 530 Jackson (near the Cypress Club), and it's named Kells.…
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Dining, Eat

The You-Know-What Approaches

Millennium In the Abigail Hotel, 246 McAllister (at Larkin), 487-9800. Open daily 5 to 9:30 p.m. Parking at Civic Center garage. Accessible on Muni via the 5 Fulton, 19 Polk, and all Market Street lines. The Civic Center BART is…
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Dining, Eat

Bonjour, Vietnam

Vietnam may be about to drown in a tsunami of Coke, but its great export to these shores -- an ancient Asian cuisine overlaid with French sophistication -- is safely established in places like Saigon Saigon. It's an exotic flower…
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