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Monday, October 29, 2012

Culinary Pet Peeves: 5 Things We Hate About Local Restaurants

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Eating at a restaurant should ideally be a pleasure and a leisure pursuit, but little needling things sometimes get in the way, whether a service, management, or menu quirk. And if our huge palette of local restaurants have anything in common, it's quirkiness.

What are your pet peeves about local restaurants? We look forward to reading about them in the comments. Ours may seem insignificant, but they can really drive someone crazy after more than a few repetitions.

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- Best Practices for Being Authentically Slow Food

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Six Places to Feast on BRAAAINS in S.F.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Everyone knows that zombies prefer only one thing: BRAAAINS. (They're like koalas, with eucalyptus). But short of going on a massacre, where do the living dead actually find them in San Francisco?

Since we condemn in the strongest terms the killing and mutilating of people to get at their delicious BRAAAINS, here are six alternatives for satiating your hunger.

See also:

- Hey, Foodies, Leave Those Trick-or-Treaters Alone

- Yes, the Gluten-Free Movement Has Finally Reached Your Halloween Bucket

- Best S.F. Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treaters

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Triple Take: 3 Must-Try Sliders Around Town

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Who doesn't love sliders? You can hold these mini-burgers in your hand and pretend you're a giant. With a few bites, you can get all the satisfaction of a burger without stuffing yourself silly. And they're neat and easy to eat -- while walking, while chatting, while kicking back and enjoying a cocktail -- without leaving your hands and face covered in messy layers of burger grease and shame. Sliders are ubiquitous around town, but not everyone does them right. We've rounded up three of your best options.

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- Monstrous Burgers Move Into the Fillmore

- Behold Epic Roasthouse's Explosion Burger

- Super Duper Burger: The Burger Stand Evolves

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bacon-Flavored Coffee, Toothpaste, Candy Canes, and 33 More Ridiculous Bacon Products

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

It wasn't Baconalia that broke us. It wasn't even Burger King's bacon sundae. But yesterday we finally reached the end of our patience with this country's bacon obsession, when we learned that a disgusting-sounding bacon-flavored coffee took home top honors and $10,000 at a Seattle's Best Coffee-sponsored recipe contest at the Iowa State Fair over the weekend. Enough is enough, America.

Instead of writing a long, cranky tirade about how fucking tired we are of bacon-flavored everything (other writers have covered the subject pretty exhaustively), we decided to bring you a comprehensive list of all the bacon-flavored products out there and let you judge for yourselves whether the trend is a delight or an abomination.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

3 Places to Get Your Waffle On

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  • Camila McHugh

We might be a culture based on convenience, but if there's one area of take-out that Europeans roundly beat us in, it's the waffle. Over there they call it a gaufre, and across Europe, especially in Belgium and some parts of France, you can find stands that package waffles exclusively to go. We didn't really understand how the sticky breakfast treat would translate to a hand-held snack, but we've noticed them cropping up around San Francisco and decided to give it a go.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Super Bowl Bar Viewing Spots Where You Might Actually Eat Well

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Super Bowl Sunday also doubles as National Corn Chip Day, National Cheap Beer Day, and National Sloppy Joe Day. But if you, or your partner, aren't an expert in Super Bowl Day cooking, head to a bar instead. These bars will give you guaranteed viewing of Super Bowl 2012, and perhaps food slightly better than the average:
Tres, 130 Townsend: San Francisco's biggest tequila bar still has a private room available for tequila tasting and screening of the Super Bowl. If you are a Patriots fan, book this room so you can hide your after-party from the rest of us.

Ace's is a sanctuary for New York Giants fans. -
  • Ace's is a sanctuary for New York Giants fans.

Ace's, 998 Sutter: A Giants fan's haven, the "only Giants bar in San Francisco," is offering free BBQ and five flat-screen TVs with surround sound.

Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, 401 Taylor: The first 20 guests get automatic entrance to win "big" prizes. Serving $2 fries, $2 sliders, and $2 High Lifes, plus pulled pork slider, hummus, chicken wings, and mini corn dogs foir $3 to $6.

Public House, 24 Willie Mays: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., this TV-laden AT&T Park bar will be selling $5 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. A post-game happy hour goes from 4 to 6 p.m., serving half-price bar bites and $3 cask ales, as well as well cocktails and select draft beers and wines for $5.

Giordano Brothers, 303 Columbus and 3108 16th St.: Pittsburgh-style meat-bomb sandwiches for $7 and six TVs. Opens at 11:30 a.m.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

San Francisco's Top 10 Cocktail Bars

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Bar Agricole's moonraker: Now that's a beaut. - BITTERMELLON/FLICKR
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  • Bar Agricole's moonraker: Now that's a beaut.

In the last few years, finding a bad drink in San Francisco has become harder than finding a good one. In nearly every neighborhood you'll find a bar filled with fresh juices, high-quality spirits, and a talented bartender conducting their craft. Having already covered the top 10 dive bars, now it's time for our picks of 10 bars that are moving the local cocktail culture forward, one drink at a time.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday, August 18, 2011

San Francisco's Top Five Indian and Pakistani Restaurants

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM

The paper dosa from Dosa on Valencia. - LAUREN S./YELP
  • Lauren S./Yelp
  • The paper dosa from Dosa on Valencia.

Before the Tenderloin became the Tandoorloin a decade ago, Indian food in San Francisco was a restrained, almost elegant affair. Linens and goblets, muted sauces, rather doctrinaire menus of tandoori chicken and mixed vegetable sabzi. A wave of cheap, grotty, chile-strewing Pakistani chains -- Shalimar, Pakwan, Naan 'n' Curry -- changed all that. And so did the later arrival of high-end restaurants that didn't sacrifice flavor in the name of class. San Francisco's desi food still can't top the South Bay's, but now we're eating much, much better. Here are SFoodie's favorites:

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Guide to San Francisco's Concert Hall Food

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM


Let's face it -- concerts just aren't as fun if you're hungry and thinking about Hot Pockets the whole time. Indeed, even the Bay Citizen has noticed an increased interest in how food and music can go together quite nicely. In the same spirit (and with empty, gurgling bellies), we present this guide to what's cooking at these Bay Area concert halls.

The Warfield just brought in a menu by Show Dogs, a nearby sausage joint. Hungry fans can get sausages like the 49'er All Beef Dog, Chicken Curry Dog, or Maple Bacon Dog (all $8). If you like your pork outside of a dog, you can get a pulled pork sandwich ($10), or you can opt for wings or a veggie dog.

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