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Dining, Eat Grill House Mediterranean: New Shawarma-and-Pie Shop Sometimes Worth a Visit

Grill House Mediterranean: New Shawarma-and-Pie Shop Sometimes Worth a Visit

Where you from?" you'll hear the manager of Grill House Mediterranean ask customers when they come up to order. "Saudi Arabia? Yemen?" A fair question these days in his corner of the Tenderloin. The neighborhood's mosques, as well as the…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Nopa's Mussels with Harissa Leave Us Shell Shocked

Fresh Eats: Nopa's Mussels with Harissa Leave Us Shell Shocked

Mussels are tricky. Overwhelm them with strong flavors and you strangle their delicacy. Leave them alone — that is, simply steam them open with a little chicken stock or white wine — and they can seem too slack and fleshy,…
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News, The Snitch Mark Zuckerberg Is Tunisia's No. 1 Guy

Mark Zuckerberg Is Tunisia's No. 1 Guy

Here is something to "like." Turns out Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is a hero in Tunisia and Egypt, the two countries that relied heavily on social networking sites like FB to help take down their longtime presidents. In a trip…
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Dining, Eat North African Modern

North African Modern

Sometime between the Summer of Love and Mabuhay Gardens' punkadelic heyday, four Moroccan restaurants of varying quality but almost identical cuisine and ambience opened and flourished in San Francisco. (We were just entering the modern era of Bay Area foodie-ism,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sandcastles

Sandcastles

In the shifting sands of the Middle East, the only constants are faith and fables. They coexisted quite happily before the rise of fundamentalism, and they find a soulful commonality in Nacer Khemir's nostalgia-tinged Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bar888: 888 Howard (at Fifth St., in the Intercontinental Hotel), 616-6566. SOMA. Grappa and cocktails. Clementine: 126 Clement (at Second Ave.), 387-0408. Inner Richmond. French. Double…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bar888: 888 Howard (at Fifth St., in the Intercontinental Hotel), 616-6566. SOMA. Grappa and cocktails. Brandy Ho's: 4068 18th St. (at Castro), 252-8000, www.brandyhos.com. Castro. Hunan.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Bar888: 888 Howard (at Fifth St., in the Intercontinental Hotel), 616-6566. SOMA. Grappa and cocktails. Bollyhood Cafe: 3372 19th St. (at Mission), 970-0362. Mission. www.bollyhoodcafe.com. Indian.…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Blue Bottle Cafe: 66 Mint (at Jessie), www.bluebottlecoffee.net. SOMA. Gourmet coffee and snacks. Boiling Crawfish: 2333 Irving (at 24th Ave.), 663-6033. Outer Sunset. Cajun. Bollyhood Cafe:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dispatches from the Street

Dispatches from the Street

Like most ethnic or identity-oriented events, the Arab Film Festival was created for a core constituency fed up with being misrepresented by the mainstream media. (Exhibit A: The preponderance of swarthy Arab villains in Hollywood action flicks. Exhibit B: The…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Dining, Eat

The First-and-a-Halfth Floor

I knew our evening at Caffe Macaroni would go strangely when, after my friend Chloe and I took our seats in a tiny upstairs dining room where the ceiling looms just under 6 feet low, Chloe knifed to the end…
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Dining, Eat

The 1,001 Arabian Bites

El Mansour 3123 Clement (at 32nd Avenue), 751-2312. Open daily save Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant is not wheelchair accessible. Reservations for large parties or weekend nights advised. Parking: fairly easy. Muni via the 1 California, 2…
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