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Dining, Eat Terra Cotta Warrior: Noodle Heaven in the Sunset

Terra Cotta Warrior: Noodle Heaven in the Sunset

The spate of previously obscure Shanxi/Xi'an restaurants opening across San Francisco has reached the Outer Sunset. Terra Cotta Warrior, arguably the most elegant of the bunch, is open and serving some of the most ethereal hand-rolled noodles known to humanity.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

Archive Bar & Kitchen: SOMA has another watering hole, this one without a liquor license but with cocktails made with vermouths, beers, and liqueurs, and a menu of pizza and charcuterie meant for sharing. 602 Mission. Libby Jane Cafe: The…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers December 4-10, 2013

Ala Romana: The former Rue Saint Jacques space has gotten an Italian enoteca face-lift as chef David Taylor, formerly of A16, leads the kitchen with dishes like wood-fired artichokes, nettle and ricotta gnocchi, and lamb tortellini. 1098 Jackson, 292-3699, alaromana.com.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

SF Weekly Recent Openers November 27-December 3, 2013

Ala Romana: The former Rue Saint Jacques space has gotten an Italian enoteca face-lift as chef David Taylor, formerly of A16, leads the kitchen with dishes like wood-fired artichokes, nettle and ricotta gnocchi, and lamb tortellini. 1098 Jackson, 292-3699, alaromana.com.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers November 20-26, 2013

Ala Romana: The former Rue Saint Jacques space has gotten an Italian enoteca face-lift as chef David Taylor, formerly of A16, leads the kitchen with dishes like wood-fired artichokes, nettle and ricotta gnocchi, and lamb tortellini. 1098 Jackson, 292-3699, alaromana.com.…
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Dining, Eat

The Alembic's Cocktail Evolution

When Daniel Hyatt left the Alembic early this year, it was difficult to image how the bar would function without him. He largely defined the Upper Haight bar's innovative house cocktail style, which fits right in with the classics (much…
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Dining, Eat Mama Ji's: A Dim Sum Joint That Specializes in Belgian Beer. How S.F.

Mama Ji's: A Dim Sum Joint That Specializes in Belgian Beer. How S.F.

Lili "Mama" Ji just wants to feed you the food she likes to eat. In the month-old cafe that she opened in the Castro with her husband, Marv Woatla, she serves up a full menu of dim sum and Sichuan…
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Dining, Eat Wo Hing General Store: Charles Phan Tries Cantonese Food

Wo Hing General Store: Charles Phan Tries Cantonese Food

Déjà vu arrived along with Wo Hing General Store's poached yellow-feather chicken and ginger-scallion relish ($18). A breed with slimmer breasts, fuller flavor, and saffron-colored skin, the chicken was hacked into pieces and poached just until the red at the…
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Dining, Eat Sichuan Home: Chinese Food Burns So Good in a Different Way

Sichuan Home: Chinese Food Burns So Good in a Different Way

There was no mistaking the Sichuan origins of the chef's special fish stew ($18.95) at Sichuan Home, a two-month-old restaurant on Geary. Fish fillets and bean sprouts bobbed on the surface of a slick of crimson broth, and several seconds…
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Dining, Eat Dong Bei Mama: Chinese Charcuterie and a Trip Through Manchuria

Dong Bei Mama: Chinese Charcuterie and a Trip Through Manchuria

If you've grown up thinking of Chinese charcuterie as waxed gizzards and Chinese sausage, you should begin your visit to Dong Bei Mama like I did: with a trip up to the counter, where the owners have laid out a…
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Dining, Eat At San Dong House, go for the hand-pulled noodles

At San Dong House, go for the hand-pulled noodles

We were maneuvering into our places around the table at San Dong House B.B.Q., doing the hug-or-handshake dance, reeling a little from the force of the smelly tofu at the table next to us, when the repetitive sound — halfway…
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Dining, Eat Mission Chinese Food offers a Matrix mind-twister of a meal

Mission Chinese Food offers a Matrix mind-twister of a meal

The short answer to the question "What in the blazes is Mission Chinese Food?" is that it's a Chinese restaurant within a Chinese restaurant. I tried this Twitter-appropriate pitch on a few prospective dining guests last week, but it only…
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Dining, Eat Soups, small plates, and snacks shine at Taste of Formosa

Soups, small plates, and snacks shine at Taste of Formosa

Has it been long enough since the Great Pork Belly Craze of 2005 to stage a revival? The people who care about fashion have sneeringly returned bacon to its populist origins, though bacon is still giddy from the attention and…
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Dining, Eat Lucky Spot Hot Pot

Lucky Spot Hot Pot

The Portola District has been off the rest of San Francisco's culinary radar since the mid-1980s, when the great barbecue joint Vic & Betty's closed down. Recently, the proliferation of Chinese restaurants catering to picky Chinese immigrants drawn by relatively…
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Dining, Eat Robert Lauriston Gets Yunnan Chinese Fix at Z & Y Garden

Robert Lauriston Gets Yunnan Chinese Fix at Z & Y Garden

Z & Y Garden bills itself as the only restaurant in the Bay Area serving the cuisine of Yunnan, an inland Chinese province that borders Laos, Myanmar, Tibet, and Vietnam. Well, that's great — but what the heck is Yunnan…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Chinese (Sichuan)

Best Chinese (Sichuan) Get the three-page, densely printed menu listing the spicy Sichuan dishes (happily, in English) at this brightly lit, sparkling white restaurant on Albany's restaurant row, rather than the generic Chinese laminated menu, and you'll be rewarded with…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Doing Chicken Right

I've always had a love/hate relationship with dishes that purport to be of foreign origin but are really just glorified Americanese dressed up as ethnic kweezeen. There's something ignorant and vaguely unseemly -- like wearing a "Born in the USA"…
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Dining, Eat Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff

When I lived in Southern California and would visit my family in the Bay Area, friends in L.A. and N.Y. always wanted to hear about the new hot places in San Francisco where I'd eaten, as research for their own…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Vietnamese Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant

The place is tiny (the Formica counter fronting the open grill seats eight, and there are just three tables tucked in the back), and the menu is, too. There are only five items on offer at Cordon Bleu: imperial rolls,…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Pan-Asian Restaurant

If a nuclear bomb were to detonate over the Bay Area, vaporizing thousands if not millions of innocents in a hot, bright flash, we have a feeling that, when the radiation began to clear, there would still be a line…
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