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Dining, Eat Dixie: Southern Meets Californian Down Home on the Presidio

Dixie: Southern Meets Californian Down Home on the Presidio

Chef Joseph Humphrey has spent the past couple of decades cooking up a résumé to be proud of. The Tallahassee native arrived here from New Orleans in 1994 and worked under the tutelage of local culinary superstars like George Morrone,…
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Dining, Eat Troya: Traditional Mediterranean Gets Tarted Up

Troya: Traditional Mediterranean Gets Tarted Up

The eastern Mediterranean is the Lascaux, the Bethlehem, the Cooperstown of food. It was here that animals were domesticated and crops were planted for the first time. As a result, the concept of villages and kitchens and written recipes evolved…
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Dining, Eat Summer Guide: Classic Cocktails Are Alive and Well in S.F.

Summer Guide: Classic Cocktails Are Alive and Well in S.F.

We sat in the corner bar at Victor's and drank gimlets. "They don't know how to make them here," he said. "What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar…
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Summer Guide: Bars on the Bay to Watch the America's Cup

The America's Cup World Series (a sort of practice run for the 2013 America's Cup races) comes to San Francisco Bay on Aug. 21-26 and Oct. 4-7, and if the grand spectacle of yachtsmen at play isn't intoxicating enough for…
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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide: Sports Bars That Aren't Terrible

Summer Guide: Sports Bars That Aren't Terrible

Sporadic bursts of activity notwithstanding, baseball is as sweet and drowsy as summertime itself. Sure, there's the occasional home run, stolen base, or double play, but the true nature of the game is in the chitchat between the base runner…
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Dining, SFoodie Amarena Brings Back the Free Spread ― But Only on Thursday

Amarena Brings Back the Free Spread ― But Only on Thursday

The place: Amarena, 2162 Larkin (at Green), 447-0441, amarenarestaurant.com The hours: Thu. 6-9:30 p.m. The deals: Weekly free buffet of Italian specialties The digs: Tiny hideaway on a quiet corner of Russian Hill feels like a homey Tuscan hangout with…
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Dining, Eat Cafe des Amis reinvents some French culinary classics

Cafe des Amis reinvents some French culinary classics

If you Googled "French food" and got one of those Wikipedia stubs listing the Twenty Classic French Dishes, it would look something like the menu at Cafe des Amis. Everything from some Reader's Digest version of the Larousse Gastronomique is…
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Dining, SFoodie McCormick & Kuleto's Wants You to Soak Up the Booze

McCormick & Kuleto's Wants You to Soak Up the Booze

Robin C./Yelp​The place: McCormick & Kuleto's, 900 Northpoint St. (at Larkin, in Ghirardelli Square), 929-1730, www.mccormickandkuletos.com. The hours: 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. The deals: Hefty snacks for $2-$5 apiece;  $6.50-$7 cocktails. The digs: The view's stupendous from the cocktail lounge…
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Dining, SFoodie Schroeder's: Cold Beers, Free Hot Snacks, and Frolicking Fräuleins

Schroeder's: Cold Beers, Free Hot Snacks, and Frolicking Fräuleins

The place: Schroeder's, 240 Front (at California), 421-4778 The hours: Weds.-Fri., 4-6 p.m. The deals: Free hot snack items The digs: This venerable old rathskeller has been serving up the suds and sauerbraten since 1893 (in the same location since…
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Dining, SFoodie Bar Crudo Happy Hour: Impeccable Oysters and the Odd Artisanal Brew

Bar Crudo Happy Hour: Impeccable Oysters and the Odd Artisanal Brew

The place: Bar Crudo, 655 Divisadero (at Grove), 409-0679 The hours: Tues.-Sun., 5-6:30 p.m. The deals: Oysters at $1 apiece, seafood chowder at $5 per bowl, two seafood tacos for $10, daily wine and beer specials The digs: Bar Crudo's…
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Dining, SFoodie Eos Wine Salon: High-Class Happy Hour Sips and Snacks

Eos Wine Salon: High-Class Happy Hour Sips and Snacks

The place: Eos Restaurant and Wine Salon, 901 Cole (at Carl), 566-3063 The hours: Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-7 p.m. The deals: Wines for $5/glass, $10/half bottle, $20/bottle; sake or sangria at $5/glass; oysters at $1 apiece; snacks at $5 each The digs:…
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Dining, SFoodie Tokyo Go-Go: Daily Deals and a Velvet-Rope Vibe

Tokyo Go-Go: Daily Deals and a Velvet-Rope Vibe

The place: Tokyo Go-Go, 3174 16th St. (at Albion), 864-2288 The hours: Mon.-Sat., 5:30-7 p.m.; Sun., 5-6:30 p.m. The deals: Hand rolls, pints, and hot sake, $3.50; well drinks, $4; fancy cocktails, $5 The digs: Self-consciously hip sushi joint in…
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Dining, SFoodie Horizon Offers a Cheap, Tasty Path to Getting Smashed and Happy

Horizon Offers a Cheap, Tasty Path to Getting Smashed and Happy

The place: Horizon Restaurant and Lounge, 498 Broadway (at Kearny), 576-1118 The hours: Wed.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. The deals: $3 beers, $4 house wine and well drinks, $5 well martinis, and $6 premium cocktails; hearty snacks for $3 and $5; bottomless…
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Dining, SFoodie Grand Cafe: Chichi Surroundings, Cheap Eats and Drinks

Grand Cafe: Chichi Surroundings, Cheap Eats and Drinks

The place: Grand Cafe, 501 Geary (at Taylor), 292-0101 The hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m. The deals: A wide array of snacks and drinks for $3-$7 The digs: Splendidly rococo art nouveaux setting makes you feel like a Parisian boulevardier stopping…
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Dining, SFoodie Juban: Tranquil, Affordable Pick-Me-Ups in Japantown

Juban: Tranquil, Affordable Pick-Me-Ups in Japantown

The place: Juban Yakiniku House, 1581 Webster (at Post), 776-5822 The hours: Mon.-Sat., 5-7 p.m. The deals: Free appetizer with drink purchase The digs: Classy Japantown barbecue joint with indirect lighting, sumptuous seating, bouquets of fresh flowers, and blond-wood partitioned…
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Dining, SFoodie Ponzu: Retro Party Lounge with Impressive Eats

Ponzu: Retro Party Lounge with Impressive Eats

The place: Ponzu, 401 Taylor (at O'Farrell), 775-7979 The hours: Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The deals: House wines, well drinks, beers, and high-end snacks, all $3 each The digs: Curvy, colorful retro-moderne party lounge with a low-slung, voluptuous bar area that…
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Dining, SFoodie Parrilla on Polk: Cheap Pitchers and Pan-Latin Snacks

Parrilla on Polk: Cheap Pitchers and Pan-Latin Snacks

The place: Parrilla, 1760 Polk (at Washington), 359-1212 The hours: Daily, 4-7 p.m. The deals: $9 pitchers of sangria and margaritas; $2 draft Dos Equis The digs: Friendly, fun-loving hangout with live music, dancing, Wednesday night trivia, and a menu…
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Dining, SFoodie Fuzio Isn't Trendy, But It Can Be Fun After a Crappy Workday

Fuzio Isn't Trendy, But It Can Be Fun After a Crappy Workday

The place: Fuzio, 1 Embarcadero Center (at Clay), 392-7995 The hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m. The deals: $3 appetizers, $5 mini pizzas, $3 drafts, $5 well drinks The digs: Bright, chirpy TGI Friday's kind of place atop Embarcadero Center, with friendly…
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Dining, SFoodie Cigar Bar: Staggered Deals and Strutting Mambo Dancers

Cigar Bar: Staggered Deals and Strutting Mambo Dancers

The place: The Cigar Bar and Grill, 850 Montgomery (at Pacific), 398-0850 The hours: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. The deals: $3 off specialty cocktails and 30 percent off food items and bottled wine from 4-5 p.m., $2 and 20 percent off…
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Culture, Summer Guide Ambience as Chill as the Drinks

Ambience as Chill as the Drinks

Some people go to bars to hear themselves jabber, preferably into a cellphone. Others enjoy a saloon's copulative possibilities, thrumming sound design, braying televisions, or carefully cultivated sneering-hipster ambience. But for those of us who consider the consumption of a…
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