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2008 Stories by Meredith Brody

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  • Look Back in Hunger

    published December 31, 2008

    I approached the ritual of extracting the most memorable dishes from a year of dining around town with a certain amount of trepidation. Twelve... More >>

  • Tea from Two

    published December 24, 2008

    The holiday madness is winding down. We're approaching that delicious hammock between Christmas and New Year's, during which we can indulge... More >>

  • Turning Japanese

    published December 10, 2008

    I've never been a big fan of eating contests. The sight of mass gluttony, especially in rapid beat-the-clock fashion, is rather revolting, in... More >>

  • This Time It's Persianal

    published December 3, 2008

    Hunger is only one of the reasons we eat in restaurants, and perhaps the least important. There are many more desires eating out can fulfill:... More >>

  • Celebrating the Seasons

    published November 26, 2008

    It is pleasant to be reminded, in these challenging times, that restaurants can be nourishing in more ways than just the obvious one. Several... More >>

  • Neither Much Crab nor Shack

    published November 12, 2008

    When is a crab shack not a crab shack? Well, maybe when it's a rather elegant, well-lit, spacious, and comfortable restaurant whose regular... More >>

  • Chinese Novelty

    published November 5, 2008

    There are two kinds of hunger: one for the familiar and another for novelty. Six nights out of seven we may be content with foods we've eaten... More >>

  • Sophisticated Country in the Tenderloin

    published October 29, 2008

    Calling a new restaurant a tavern when it's ensconced in the downtown Hilton is a bit of a stretch. Taverns were originally rustic drinking... More >>

  • Nothing But the Best

    published October 15, 2008

    In these trying and uncertain times, you might not be in the mood for a full-on three-course big-ticket restaurant experience, with its... More >>

  • I'll Have What She's Having

    published October 8, 2008

    Often, when I go with a group to an Asian restaurant, especially if it's one I've written about, I end up doing the bulk of the ordering. I'm... More >>

  • La Terrasse is a bridge to France

    published October 1, 2008

    You can't find a sweeter setting in San Francisco than the one enjoyed by La Terrasse. Tucked away in a modest-looking tile-roofed building in... More >>

  • A Pair to Bet On

    published September 17, 2008

    A wonderful lunch at a new neighborhood restaurant in Oakland later led us across the bay to an even more wonderful dinner at a restaurant that... More >>

  • Hurry Up and Slow Down

    published September 10, 2008

    Hotel restaurants used to be stodgy, predictable, and dull — not destinations, but places of last resort for travelers too tired to leave... More >>

  • San Francisco in Canada

    published September 3, 2008

    A number of movies with ties to the Bay Area are playing at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (September 4-13), in search of... More >>

  • The Secret Garden

    published September 3, 2008

    One of the delights of San Francisco is its wide range of eateries, not only in price and presentation, but also in location and surroundings.... More >>

  • Abbondanza

    published August 20, 2008

    After several years of the tapas-inspired small-plates trend influencing practically every new restaurant in San Francisco, could big plates be... More >>

  • Secret Places

    published August 13, 2008

    So we were at dinner and this guy asked me, "Where have you eaten lately that you liked?" and I mentioned Bar Jules, Serpentine, and Ironwood... More >>

  • Palace of Fine Price

    published August 6, 2008

    I can't count how many times I've driven by the corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez and noted the restaurant on the northeast corner whose big... More >>

  • Herbert Gold, still alive and still cranky

    published July 30, 2008

    Subtitled "A Memoir," this easy-to-read assemblage of previously published essays and new material from one of San Francisco's favorite... More >>

  • Orson Not Well

    published July 23, 2008

    San Francisco hasn't seen a lot of the cutting-edge style of cooking called molecular gastronomy. It features deconstructed dishes (often with... More >>

  • When Tourists Hit the Beach

    published July 16, 2008

    You can't help but feel sorry for the tourists who wander around North Beach, hungry and confused. Even with all the information available in... More >>

  • State of the Cart

    published July 16, 2008

    Nobody would deny that San Francisco, an intimate, walkable city that attracts (and needs) millions of tourists annually, is famed as a... More >>

  • Map to the Carts

    published July 16, 2008

    1. Ferry Building Farmers' Market Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Downtown Bakery &... More >>

  • San Francisco Street Food Top Ten

    published July 16, 2008

    El Huarache Loco Alemany Farmers' Market, 100 Alemany (at Tompkins), Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Alemany Antiques and... More >>

  • Feeling Lucky?

    published July 9, 2008

    With the recent arrival of Macao Friends Restaurant on Irving, a street already dense with inexpensive ethnic eateries, San Francisco now has a... More >>

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