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Monday, September 14, 2015

Touch Our Junk: 7-Eleven’s Cheeseburger Hot Dog

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Ali Wunderman
A few years ago I had a brilliant epiphany worthy of a mad scientist — what if cheeseburgers were shaped like hot dogs, and hot dogs were shaped like cheeseburgers? I could barely conceive of the abject chaos that would ensue if somebody brought these blasphemies to life.

It turns out that 7-Eleven is that somebody. The multinational corporation famous for sensible products like the Slurpee and the 128-ounce Team Gulp decided to throw rationality to the wind and make half of this nightmare a reality with their Cheeseburger Bite, a 440-calorie ground-beef-and-cheese concoction shaped like a frankfurter and sheathed in a proper bun. The company refers to their devil sausage as “almost like all of your dreams coming true,” which is a very bold statement, 7-Eleven.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Old School San Francisco: Sears Fine Food

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM

  • Ali Wunderman

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 of San Francisco’s tourist center with a menu unchanged since it came to the market. Let me explain why this Union Square restaurant is a must try for any tourist or townie.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Touch Our Junk: Doritos Roulette

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Ali Wunderman

We all have our guilty pleasures, which is why junk food purveyors such as Frito-Lay release things like their latest concoction, the limited edition Doritos Roulette. The premise behind these chips, inasmuch as they have a premise at all, is that you never know when you’ll grab a spicy chip and end up with your mouth on fire, scrambling to find the closest carton of milk (or bag of milk, if you’re Canadian). They’re the shishito peppers of the junk food world.

When I found out that these Doritos, normally so timid and harmless, sent a young British girl to the hospital I knew I had to try them for myself.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Slightly Drunk Reviews: Taqueria Cancun

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 4:45 PM

  • Ali Wunderman

Like many San Franciscans, I sacrificed space for a good location when choosing a place to live. My closet-less one bedroom in the Castro is a tight squeeze, with all of its mighty 500 square feet. But the especially “cozy” thing about this place is that it shares a balcony with the unit next door.

Today was one of those days where the slight rise in temperature made adults everywhere grumpy about no longer having a summer vacation. Whether by telepathy or serendipity, my neighbor and I each chose to handle said grumpiness by drinking wine on our shared balcony. We watched the sun go down as the fog rolled in: It was a perfect San Francisco summer night.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

So Many Sausages, So Little Meat: Buffet at the Gold Club

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM

  • Gold Club

I’m 34 years old and until today, I had never been in a strip club. The Gold Club had been on my mind ever since I learned of its weekday lunch buffet a couple years ago, but it was only after Forbes published a hilarious account of Yelp employees’ hijinks there that it really lit a fire under me. I’ve written about putting hooks through my chest in a dungeon and I had my 26th birthday at Hooter’s; how could I possibly be anxious about entering a topless club?

So I took a heterosexual male colleague to the Gold Club this afternoon in case I needed etiquette pointers, and paid for his $5 admission. (Note: Unlike certain Yelp employees, we discussed absolutely nothing related to business at the Gold Club. We talked about music, food, and strippers.)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Taste Testing Chipotle's New Hodo Soy Tofu Burrito

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

  • Mary Ladd

Chef Tyson Cole of Austin's Uchi & Uchiko makes a good point naming Chipotle as one of the most important restaurants in the country in Bon Appétit. "Why? Their utilization of sustainably sourced goods, food made fresh daily, and, with thousands of locations, their overall reach," he's quoted as saying.

Though some may quibble with the authenticity of their pan-Latin menu, Chipotle has a loyal following and is crowded whenever I visit. "Serious" food lovers may never give the fast-casual chain a chance, but I have; when ordering food for groups downtown, their online ordering system is a snap, and the food has a "something-for-everyone" vibe that makes it reliable if not overly exciting.

This month in the Bay Area, Chipotle is testing a sofritas Hodo Soy tofu-based menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads that is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. We gave it a try to see how it stacked up.

See also: Soon You'll Be Able to Get Tofu Burritos at Chipotle

Hodo Soy Beanery's 5-Spice Nuggets Transcend Tofu Concerns

Get New Respect for Tofu at Hodo Soy Beanery's Monthly Tours

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Burrito of Damocles: How Much Longer Will One of Our Favorites Stick Around?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM

  • Anna Roth

A couple of years ago, Mission Mission conceded that the best burrito in San Francisco wasn't actually found in the Mission at all, but actually resides at family-run Cuco's in the Lower Haight. (On top of that, it's vegetarian, too.)

Made with slightly caramelized plantains, Cuco's massive refreshingly inexpensive super burrito--which is otherwise pretty classic, with sour cream, guac and an optional choice of meat--comes in at only $7. "You going to finish it?" the proprietress, Mrs. Cuco, may ask with an incredulous, slightly flirty smile as she serves it to you. (She will be impressed if you ask for spicy salsa, too).

See also: San Francisco's Top 10 Burritos

Soon You'll Be Able to Get Tofu Burritos at Chipotle

Tasty Burritos Come With a Warm Welcome at Victor's

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Taco Tuesdays: Five Places to Celebrate

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Berkeley ice cream sandwich shop C.R.E.A.M. celebrates Taco Tuesdays. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Berkeley ice cream sandwich shop C.R.E.A.M. celebrates Taco Tuesdays.

The national Mexican food chain Taco John's holds a national trademark on the phrase "Taco Tuesday," but you'd never know it because the phrase has transcended ownership and it's a common special everywhere in the United States.

Here in the Bay Area, we may be snobby about our food -- but not too snobby to approach Taco Tuesdays ("s" added to avoid infringement) with style and flavor. Hell, we even have a DJ Taco Tuesday who spins in the clubs around here. Check out five notables:

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- Tacko, the WASPiest Taco Shop in Town (Maybe Even the Country)

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Return of the Dollar Oyster List

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM

  • Lara Hata

Since Anna Roth recently put Hangtown Fry back in our brains, we've decided to revive an old tradition at SFoodie called the Dollar Oyster List. Like Taco Tuesdays, cheap oysters are still thankfully available around these parts. Feel free to let us know of any additions in the comments and we'll update the list.

And now, without (much) further ado, here are many places where you can get your bivalves on for right around a buck:

See Also: Re-Visiting the Hangtown Fry, the Dish That Epitomizes Gold Rush California

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Burrito Eater Will Soon Crown The Next Best Slab in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Papalote, the reigning champion. - FLICKR/LAUGHING SQUID

Burrito Eater, a site billed as "San Francisco's top resource for taquerias and mustaches," hosts a biannual life threatening exercise called Slab Scrum to determine the city's best burrito. (If they did it every year, the site owner's life expectancy would probably be sadly short.)

This is always a fascinating competition to watch unfold on the site because the Burrito Eater is not biased toward the Mission more than it has to be. While it's the acknowledged ground zero for the burrito, other neighborhoods have managed to fare very well in this food-focused process. Just ask the Fulton Street location of Papalote, winner of the the 2010 title.

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- Papalote Burrito Snags Slab Scrum

- Buy Salsa, Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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