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Dining, SFoodie Can't Believe I've Never Been: El Gran Taco Loco

Can't Believe I've Never Been: El Gran Taco Loco

Welcome to Can’t Believe I’ve Never Been, a recurring feature where food writers who very sincerely intend on going to the Restaurant at Meadowood someday recount their lapses in under-the-radar eating adventures. Although Divisadero is hogging the limelight these…
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Dining, SFoodie Before the Mission Burrito Came the San Francisco Tamale: An Interview with Gustavo Arellano, Part 1

Before the Mission Burrito Came the San Francisco Tamale: An Interview with Gustavo Arellano, Part 1

San Francisco has gotten used to thinking of itself as a remote outpost in the Mexican diaspora, since our lively but embattled Mexican American community is dwarfed by much larger ones in Los Angeles and the Southwest. But according to…
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Dining, SFoodie How Taco Bell, Now 50, Changed America

How Taco Bell, Now 50, Changed America

You may pledge allegiance to your favorite lonchera and swear that you'd never eat Taco Bell's new Doritos Locos Taco, but if your grandparents weren't born in Guerrero or Sinaloa, your love for la comida auténtica is due, in part, to Glen…
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Dining, SFoodie Papito's Pollo Empanizado Quesadilla Brings New Promise To A College Staple

Papito's Pollo Empanizado Quesadilla Brings New Promise To A College Staple

The quesadilla has become a staple of late night drunken consumption. Frat boys the nation over have staved off the gnarliest of hangovers with hunks of cheese, possibly smothered in Sriracha, sandwiched between two crisply grilled circles of tortilla. It's…
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News, The Snitch Boston Transplant Chews His Way Through Mission Street -- Literally

Boston Transplant Chews His Way Through Mission Street -- Literally

​Dave MP is new to San Francisco but it hasn't taken him much time to note the stretch of Mission between Cortland and Cesar Chavez is sadly underrated, especially in the food department. As Bernalwood points out today, Dave MP…
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Dining, SFoodie Caldos, Sopas, and Pozoles: What to Eat in the Mission This Winter

Caldos, Sopas, and Pozoles: What to Eat in the Mission This Winter

I had a whole seasonal angle in mind for this week's full-length restaurant review of Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan soups in the Mission. And then, well ... just look out the window. You'll just have to eat soup for the love of…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 11: Chicken Milanesa Torta at Boos Voni

No. 11: Chicken Milanesa Torta at Boos Voni

​How big should a torta be? Should it fit in the palm of your hand, the bread griddled in spoonfuls of oil, the fillings…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 58: Taqueria San Francisco's Regular Carnitas Burrito

No. 58: Taqueria San Francisco's Regular Carnitas Burrito

So much can go wrong in the making of a burrito: The rice can be bland or overabundant, vacuuming up all the flavor…
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Dining, SFoodie Thermidor's 'Tasty Tacos' Stand

Thermidor's 'Tasty Tacos' Stand

Jonathan KauffmanThermidor's tacos, two for $5.​Monday, October 18, 2010Thermidor's been taking advantage of the Indian summer -- well, what little of an Indian summer we've had -- to set out a fleet of chairs and tables in Mint Plaza. Last…
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Dining, SFoodie Jonathan Gold-Rick Bayless Bitchfest Begs the Meaning of 'Authentic'

Jonathan Gold-Rick Bayless Bitchfest Begs the Meaning of 'Authentic'

Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Uh-oh. LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold has made Chicago chef Rick Bayless eat his words, after Gold called Bayless out for saying ― stupidly ― that his L.A. restaurant Red O would (finally,…
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Dining, SFoodie Carnitas Taco at El Rancho Grande

Carnitas Taco at El Rancho Grande

Maybe the best thing about this month-old, hyper-yellow taqueria is that its carved out a place on an otherwise under-taco'd stretch of Divis. It's the kind of relentlessly well-lit place you reckon you'll end up after…
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Dining, SFoodie Cafe Reverie's Pozole Verde

Cafe Reverie's Pozole Verde

When we need to escape the pull of the Internet, SFoodie occasionally works at Cole Valley's wifi-free Cafe Reverie, a friendly place with comfortable seats, beer as well as coffee, and an ever-so-slightly gourmetified menu of sandwiches, burgers, and salads.…
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Dining, SFoodie Regional Mexican Restaurants in San Francisco: A Tentative List

Regional Mexican Restaurants in San Francisco: A Tentative List

For this week's review, I stuck to the Poblano regional side of the menu at La Torta Gorda, which is mainly known for its sandwiches. Other than the defunct S.F. branch of Cocina Poblana (there are still two in the…
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Dining, SFoodie Don't Ask Michael Bauer Where to Eat Mexican. Ask Us

Don't Ask Michael Bauer Where to Eat Mexican. Ask Us

On his blog this morning at Inside Scoop, Chronicle critic Michael Bauer misses the Tex-Mex combination plates he devoured in his Dallas days ― and bemoans the fact he can't find a good Mexican place in the Bay Area ―…
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Dining, SFoodie Is That's It's Torta Cubana Really the World's Largest?

Is That's It's Torta Cubana Really the World's Largest?

This sign has been taunting SFoodie for months, and not just because the adjective doesn't accord with the noun it modifies. We've been feeling the pull of the Mexican-style Cuban sandwich, which is The Thing of cubanos, exposed to cosmic…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F. Rising: Pan Frances from King's Bakery

S.F. Rising: Pan Frances from King's Bakery

S.F. Rising is a weekly survey of bread in San Francisco ― the baked and the fried, the artisan and the novelty.Pan Frances Source: King's Bakery, 2846 Mission (at 24th St.), 282-4550.Price: $0.30 Toast-appropriateness: Not a toasting bread.…
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Dining, SFoodie What to Have for Lunch: Ceviche Tostada from Haltún

What to Have for Lunch: Ceviche Tostada from Haltún

What was El Cachanilla is now Haltún, an unembellished slice of room in pumpkin-pie orange. The menu reads like a syllabus for an advanced seminar in Yucatecan cooking: pan de cazón, poc-chuc, pol-can. If you're craving…
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Dining, SFoodie What to Have for Lunch: Veracruz Fish Taco from Tacobar

What to Have for Lunch: Veracruz Fish Taco from Tacobar

Jack Schwartz just might've designed the best upscale taco in the current trend. Tacobar's chef-owner grew up in Mexico City and spent the last few years perfecting the art of crossover at La Calaca Loca in…
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Dining, SFoodie What to Have for Lunch: Seafood Supremo Burrito at Orale Orale

What to Have for Lunch: Seafood Supremo Burrito at Orale Orale

Orale's Seafood Supremo is either S.F.'s classiest burrito or its trashiest crepe, a French-Mex hybrid that looks implausible on paper, but turns persuasive in the eating. The shroud-size flour tortilla cloaks shrimp and scallop hunks, bits…
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Dining, SFoodie What to Eat on Cinco de Mayo: The 9 Best Local Mexican Dishes

What to Eat on Cinco de Mayo: The 9 Best Local Mexican Dishes

Cinco de Mayo, the day even fishbelly-pale Irish guys crave two-buck Tecates exactly like mom used to make. As a tribute ― and a guide to some of the best Mexican dishes in San Francisco (and slightly beyond) ― we've…
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