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2008 Stories by Meredith Brody

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  • Change Is Good

    published June 25, 2008

    Market-driven, fresh, and local. We've all read or heard those words so often in regards to San Francisco restaurants that your eyes may roll... More >>

  • 'Cue the Applause

    published June 18, 2008

    There are a lot of reasons a meal can become locked in our memories, surfacing from time to time as a pleasant, even compelling souvenir. As... More >>

  • Paris in the City

    published June 11, 2008

    In one's dream of city life, certain factors are key: a pleasant, light-filled, quiet, and maybe even spacious apartment; easy parking or... More >>

  • Meat Me at the Roasthouse

    published May 28, 2008

    It doesn't take much to realize where the good tables are in a restaurant situated on the water's edge: They're the ones with a view that takes... More >>

  • Brick & Fish

    published May 21, 2008

    If you see a compact, heavily tattooed man skateboarding down Minna, don't assume he's a carefree slacker. Chances are he's chef Mitchell... More >>

  • A Trip to Here

    published May 14, 2008

    As you walk through the crowded city, past hordes of tourists patiently lined up to board tiny trolleys, drive down a twisty street, or board a... More >>

  • Fish Story

    published April 30, 2008

    The importance of pleasing or dramatic views with your dinner is debatable. One school of thought is that all the attention should be put on... More >>

  • Two Blocks of Vietnam

    published April 23, 2008

    It's clear that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn left something out when he said that art and literature are the only spiritual ambassadors between... More >>

  • Movie Marathon

    published April 23, 2008

    There are probably as many ways of approaching the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival — which will unspool (as Variety... More >>

  • Chow in Dogpatch

    published April 16, 2008

    Not so very long ago, even longtime San Franciscans who heard the name "Dogpatch" would probably first think of the mythical hillbilly town in... More >>

  • Refined on Fillmore

    published April 2, 2008

    Renaming Lower Fillmore the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District is a classic example of shutting the barn doors long after the cows have fled... More >>

  • What Comes Between

    published March 26, 2008

    Happy is the city that boasts not only classy high-end restaurants and a variety of ethnic eateries, but also places that devote their full... More >>

  • Snazzy and Jazzy at Yoshi's

    published March 19, 2008

    Traditionally, you don't go to an entertainment venue for terrific food. Whether it's a jazz club or a medieval jousting tournament, what's on... More >>

  • Chinese Import

    published March 5, 2008

    San Francisco has a deserved reputation for excellent Asian restaurants, but a void was felt when the Shanghai-style restaurant Fountain Court... More >>

  • You Can Have Paris

    published February 27, 2008

    Into each life some rain must fall, and it was already pouring when I walked into Le P'tit Laurent to find a little more gloom. On the other... More >>

  • Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant: Bland Name for Bomb Food

    published February 20, 2008

    Expectations were high for the first meal at Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant. For one thing, I thought I knew what to expect. I'm a big fan of... More >>

  • Looking for a Good Melt, SF Weekly Bumps Into Fondue Fred

    published February 6, 2008

    When I read "Swiss Bliss," Jeffrey Steingarten's exhaustive piece on fondue in the February issue of Vogue, I figured it was just the... More >>

  • The Pho Chronicles

    published January 30, 2008

    Nora Ephron nailed it in her witty "The Chicken Soup Chronicles" in The New York Times a couple of weeks ago: "The other day I felt a... More >>

  • The Marina's Spanish-inspired Laiola: Intriguing, Irresistible

    published January 23, 2008

    When I wrote about Bar Johnny and the tapas/small-plates trend toward the end of last year, I was tempted to mention in passing that my... More >>

  • South Food & Wine Bar's Australian Food Overthought, Overwrought

    published January 9, 2008

    Working on my piece on the best dishes of 2007 made me pleased (remembering just how much excellent food I consumed over the course of 12... More >>

  • Unforgettable,That's What You Are

    published January 2, 2008

    Here's a romp down memory lane. Or maybe we should call it forget-me-not lane, because as soon as I write about a splendid serving of food, I... More >>

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