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Dining, SFoodie Thursday Six: 20th Street Block Party Announces Its Food Lineup

Thursday Six: 20th Street Block Party Announces Its Food Lineup

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Dining, SFoodie Ten Best San Francisco Restaurants Not on OpenTable

Ten Best San Francisco Restaurants Not on OpenTable

Five years ago, it would have been hard to imagine the lock that OpenTable now has on San Francisco restaurants. From the highest of the high end to mid-priced neighborhood places, the locally based online reservations company has signed…
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Dining, SFoodie Does Universal Cafe Mix the Best Bloody Mary in S.F.?

Does Universal Cafe Mix the Best Bloody Mary in S.F.?

A few weeks ago, we were strapped into a leather seat on an eastbound jet, watching a World Cup game on a television the size of a postcard. Our neighbor, a shy 10-year old, kept leaning over to his left…
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Dining, Side Dish

Side Dish

Bring the Checkbook I'm told that if you eat well for a good cause the calories don't count. That should come in handy this weekend when Gail Defferari -- the force behind both the Universal Cafe and the dining room…
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Dining, Eat Dinner in the Diner

Dinner in the Diner

The Universal Cafe is even further removed in style and substance from the original model; so far, in fact, it's of an entirely new genre altogether. It began life as an inexpensive yet upscale pizza-focaccia joint, so its roots are…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

Blend Ambition Look behind the counter at the Universal Cafe (on 19th Street, at Potrero) and you'll see something you won't find in too many small -- or large -- restaurants: a coffee roaster. "It's a Probat," co-owner and roastmaster…
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