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    Dining, Eat Eat: Newest Neighbor, Corridor

    Eat: Newest Neighbor, Corridor

    It's a little hard to get excited about a restaurant group. Like when a car commercial boasts that a mid-size sedan is the "best in its segment," it's a bit too dry of a concept to really give anyone goosebumps.…
    Dining, Eat

    Future Repasts: A Dinner Party With Nothing to Eat

    The way my dinner coats the glass makes it look a lot like Elmer's glue. I expect it to taste like a chalky-grainy slurry with an unpleasant chemical aftertaste, but the burgeoning consensus at the table is that the texture…
    Dining, Eat Bitchin' Comer: El Buen Comer

    Bitchin' Comer: El Buen Comer

    It's impossible not to smile along with a menu that says, "You probably know what a taco is? If not, ask!" Earnestness on that scale is a winning move, and El Buen Comer, a 2-month-old, family-run Mexican restaurant in Bernal…
    Dining, Eat Oaxaca-torium: Oakland's Agave Uptown

    Oaxaca-torium: Oakland's Agave Uptown

    When you're approaching a Mexican cantina, you know what you're in for the second you open the door: a great big fiesta involving sombreros pinned to the wall, mariachi music blasting from the sound system, hitting your head on a…
    Dining, Eat Eat: Tratto

    Eat: Tratto

    Maybe it's because the Italian-inflected seafood restaurants at the Wharf sucked up all the oxygen, but it's always struck me as unusual that Union Square has so few Italian restaurants. With very few exceptions — Fino on Post Street comes…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Barebottle Brew Co.

    Bar: Barebottle Brew Co.

    The real estate market is so tight, but who knew San Francisco had tons of huge, vacant properties lying around? When it came time to find a home for their brewery, homebrewer Michael Seitz — and his partners Lester Koga…
    Dining, Eat Eat: In Situ

    Eat: In Situ

    Just as big-budget disaster movies ratchet up the destruction to a planet-wide scale, kitchen ambition almost has to vault into the stratosphere to stand out. Or it does now that Corey Lee's In Situ is open on the ground floor…
    Dining, Eat A Peat Primer: Learning to Appreciate Scotch

    A Peat Primer: Learning to Appreciate Scotch

    Like all great things in life, Scotch is often misunderstood. An alarming number of casual drinkers actually fear the liquid, assuming it to be a smoky spirit, its flavor akin to licking the working end of a chimney. This unshakable…
    Dining, Eat Eat: Tawla

    Eat: Tawla

    There aren't too many islands off of California, and apart from a few marine animals — salmon and oysters, mainly — California cuisine looks away from the coast toward the interior, however artificially verdant and unsustainable that agricultural juggernaut may…
    Dining, Eat Bye To Bing

    Bye To Bing

    Unless there are more I don't know about, there is a trifecta of sexually suggestive artworks hanging prominently in three dive bars around town: the lady with her boobs out in High Tide, the guy getting mounted by a lion…
    Dining, Eat Eat: LocoL Time

    Eat: LocoL Time

    Note: After running it by some friends whose judgment I trust, this story has been updated to delete a self-deprecating passage that struck some readers as being in poor taste. Errors of clarity fall on the writer, so I apologize:…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Laughing Monk Brewery

    Bar: Laughing Monk Brewery

    I never know what to make of the specter of medieval monks who brewed beer. It's easy to conjure up images of jolly, self-contained communities of men whistling as they worked or clinking steins at communal tables under a crucifix.…
    Dining, Eat Eat: Bellota

    Eat: Bellota

    Neither a proper tapas restaurant nor strictly a seafood spot, Bellota has a cryptically structured menu that's a little bit of a grab bag of Spanish cuisine. It's easier to over-order here than at most places — especially if you…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Drink Your Heroin at The Barbary Coast

    Bar: Drink Your Heroin at The Barbary Coast

    If you set out on a quest to find San Francisco's Barbary Coast, the chances that you'll end up sipping a barrel-aged cocktail beneath a fig tree in North Beach are good, but not great. You're just as likely to…
    Dining, Eat Eat: ATwater Tavern

    Eat: ATwater Tavern

    San Francisco's waterfront is home to a motley crew of bars and restaurants, no doubt about it. The Hi Dive and the inimitable Red's Java House have never lost their spark, and the projected redevelopment of Crane Cove Park in…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Pacific Cocktail Haven

    Bar: Pacific Cocktail Haven

    Kevin Diedrich has a resume like few other San Francisco mixologists. Having worked at the ill-fated BDK, as well as at Jasper's Corner Tap and the Burritt Room, he's done a stint at a sizable number of Union Square cocktail…
    Dining, Eat Eat: Basalt

    Eat: Basalt

    Of all the rocks that emerge from volcanic eruptions, basalt might be the least sexy. Granite is crucial to monumental architecture, pumice is like a calcified kitchen sponge good for exfoliating, and glassy black obsidian is mesmerizing (especially when it…
    Dining, Eat Bar: SPiN

    Bar: SPiN

    Since my straight younger brother was game enough to hang out at the Eagle beer bust with me when he visited San Francisco, I thought I would repay him with a night at SPiN, the ping-pong lounge in SoMa that…
    Dining, Eat Eat: 3rd Cousin

    Eat: 3rd Cousin

    Six months after its opening, 3rd Cousin had yet to make much of a splash. Chef Greg Lutes — of the now-shuttered Lot 7, and highly regarded restaurants in Chicago and New York before that — operated a well-liked pop-up…
    Dining, Eat

    Bar: Whiskey Tasting at Seven Stills

    Three years ago, Clint Potter was storing dozens of bottles of homemade whiskey in his bedroom. Now, the cofounder of San Francisco distillery Seven Stills has opened a dedicated tasting room in the Bayview — the first hard alcohol tasting…
    Dining, Eat Eat: Itani Ramen

    Eat: Itani Ramen

    Of all the commonly available foodstuffs for which Bay Area residents gleefully wait in line, ramen might be the most mystifying. I see the hey-why-not appeal of authentic New York bagels, even day-old ones — if you've never had one…
    Dining, Eat

    Bar: Drinking Your Way Through Paso Robles

    Heralded as the epicenter of Central Coast viticulture for nearly two decades, Paso Robles has long enjoyed its fair share of wine tourism. It's to be expected when you count close to 30,000 acres of planted vineyard — or one…
    Dining, Eat Eat: Fénix

    Eat: Fénix

    The first thing you notice walking into Fénix is the wallpaper. It's bedecked in lotería cards — from the Mexican equivalent of bingo, played with silly riddles and rhymes — and it's impossible not to adore. (Indeed, SF Weekly gave…
    Dining, Eat

    Bar: Adventures Aboard the Brewery Shuttle

    You can hear the party at Harmonic Brewing from a block away. Zoned for industry, the southernmost stretch of the Dogpatch is ordinarily pretty quiet by 7 p.m., the sound of Veritable Vegetable vans trundling over the neighborhood's uneven pavement…
    Dining, Eat Here Is Your Happiness

    Here Is Your Happiness

    Two-and-a-half years is a long time to work on opening a restaurant. After investing such a chunk of their lives refurbishing a severely deteriorated space at 18th and Mission streets, the team behind the plant-centric eatery-to-be Citizen Fox — who…

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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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