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Dining, SFoodie Five Places for a San Francisco Staycation

Five Places for a San Francisco Staycation

If you can get past the portmanteau “staycation,” taking a mini-vacation in San Francisco can actually be pretty fun. We may silently chide tourists for congregating around Fisherman’s Wharf, buying last minute Alcatraz sweatshirts as the  fog rolls in,…
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Dining, SFoodie Old School San Francisco: Sears Fine Food

Old School San Francisco: Sears Fine Food

The San Francisco restaurant scene is changing faster than you can say “mouthfeel,” but that hasn’t hindered one of the greatest old-school restaurants in this city. Sears Fine Food, a local institution since 1938, sits smack in the heart…
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Dining, SFoodie Celebrate Bastille Day at Gaspar Brasserie with Hubert Keller

Celebrate Bastille Day at Gaspar Brasserie with Hubert Keller

Whatever plans you made for Bastille Day, break them, and don’t forget to check that your foot isn’t tripping the sensor as you lower the portcullis behind you. Hubert Keller, the acclaimed celebrity chef, James Beard Award-winner for Best…
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Dining, SFoodie Report From the Fancy McDonald's on Sutter

Report From the Fancy McDonald's on Sutter

When the Business Times profiled the Union Square McDonald’s that people don’t always realize is a McDonald’s, I was intrigued. Seeing as we’re about to get that upscale Taco Bell that serves alcohol, it’s possible we’re in a true…
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Dining, SFoodie Have a Beautiful Happy Hour at 398 Brasserie

Have a Beautiful Happy Hour at 398 Brasserie

I spent a fair amount of time ranting about the depressing ubiquity of the white-subway-tiles-and-Edison-bulbs aesthetic that makes two out of every three new places look like they’re violating the formula retail ban’s clause against uniformity of design. So…
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Dining, SFoodie Gaspar Brasserie's Cognac Room Stocks More Brandy Than Anywhere in SF

Gaspar Brasserie's Cognac Room Stocks More Brandy Than Anywhere in SF

Gaspar Brasserie is a swanky affair to begin with, but they’ve gone and added a gorgeous Cognac Room with lots of reds and earth tones to the postwar Parisian premises, as if to say, “Oh, you didn’t that would be…
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Dining, SFoodie Union Square Food + Art Returns Thursday Evening

Union Square Food + Art Returns Thursday Evening

Union Square Foot + Art returns this Thursday, June 4 with tons of great reasons to congregate around what it essentially a big memorial to America’s conquest of the Philippines. (Just ignore it, and hit up 398 Restaurant, E&O…
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Dining, SFoodie Union Square's BDK Is Not Just A "Hotel Restaurant"

Union Square's BDK Is Not Just A "Hotel Restaurant"

Apparently we’ve now entered the American Tavern-era of San Francisco dining. It sounds more like where George Washington and James Madison wined and dined and discussed the Constitution, but here in 2015 the idea just might be the next…
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Dining, SFoodie Free Food Alert! E&O is Giving Away 100 Chicken Banh Mis Today

Free Food Alert! E&O is Giving Away 100 Chicken Banh Mis Today

At 11:30 this morning and until they run out, E&O Kitchen & Bar will be giving out 100 free chicken banh mis. As part of the launch of an "E&Go Take Away," a grab-and-go style lunch menu, the restaurant…
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Dining, SFoodie Not Your Ordinary Spaghetti Bolognese at Bouche

Not Your Ordinary Spaghetti Bolognese at Bouche

The…
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Dining, SFoodie Another Beer Bar Opening Near Union Square Next Week

Another Beer Bar Opening Near Union Square Next Week

Long the land of overpriced Guinness and Stella Artois, Union Square is getting yet another beer bar next week: Hogwash. The new bar, scheduled to open Thursday, Dec. 11 at Sutter and Mason, will offer a menu of house-cured…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Ellwood Shandy at Dirty Habit

Drink of the Week: Ellwood Shandy at Dirty Habit

It’s almost impossible to have a discussion about Dirty Habit without the issue of the name coming up. Most people hate the name because they find it unappetizing for a restaurant, though if I have any issue with it…
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Dining, SFoodie Bartlett Hall Becomes the Newest Member of the SF Brewers Guild

Bartlett Hall Becomes the Newest Member of the SF Brewers Guild

With the official release of its first batch of craft beer last month, brewed in the heart of Union Square, Bartlett Hall (242 O’Farrell St.) became the 20th member of the ever-expanding SF Brewers Guild. I made my way to…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week:  The City's Classiest Bar Crawl

Drink of the Week: The City's Classiest Bar Crawl

We all love secret things: passages, menus, and stories. Even the most mundane gets a sheen of intrigue when it's secret, although most noteworthy when it yields something exclusive. A recent partnership between Burritt Tavern and Wingtip has revealed…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: The Honey Badger at Bluestem Doesn't Care If You Like It

Drink of the Week: The Honey Badger at Bluestem Doesn't Care If You Like It

Don't let the "brasserie" portion of the name fool you; the cuisine at Bluestem is all American. Named after the preferred grazing grass of cattle ranchers, the focus of the restaurant is decidedly on beef, with marrow, steaks, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: The Viceroy at Cantina

Drink of the Week: The Viceroy at Cantina

Few spirits that have the potential to incite the kind of heated debate that pisco, the South American unaged grape based brandy, is capable of. Should you ever have the misfortune of asking a Chilean and a Peruvian about the…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink(s) of the Week: Three Cocktails to Charm the Year of the Snake

Drink(s) of the Week: Three Cocktails to Charm the Year of the Snake

The first night of Chinese New Year begins on Saturday, and while lucky foods like mandarins (to symbolize wealth) and noodles (for longevity and a full life) are traditional, we found three different cocktails to ensure a full year of…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: The Rastafari at Lark Creek Steak

Drink of the Week: The Rastafari at Lark Creek Steak

I was enjoying lunch at Lark Creek Steak recently with a cowboy and a rastafari, and while you never would think that these two would get along so swell, there we were, having the best time. Did I mention…
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Dining, SFoodie Boozy Events Round-Up: Thanksgiving and Black Friday Relief

Boozy Events Round-Up: Thanksgiving and Black Friday Relief

If the impending Thanksgiving holiday is giving you more grief than gratitude, or you're really looking forward to the rush of relatives, shopping sprees, and parties, then here are a few events to accomplish both. The Big Dive Where: Harry…
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Dining, SFoodie Keep Your Bacon Out of My Cocktail

Keep Your Bacon Out of My Cocktail

I went to Hops & Hominy the other night because I wanted to try the Pork Chops & Apple Sauce cocktail. Bacon-infused Bulleit bourbon, apple schnapps, house-made sour ... I figured there was pretty much no way it could be…
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