Nothing cheers up an otherwise cheerless street like an inviting eatery. A sufficiently intriguing restaurant or food shop can be like a canary in the mineshaft. If it survives, the entire neighborhood can change, improving around its new inhabitants, as New York's SoHo did after Raoul's and Dean and DeLuca braved its quiet cast-iron blocks, and as L.A.'s Miracle Mile did when Campanile and La Brea Bakery moved into Charlie Chaplin's old office building. Recently general rejoicing was heard when new Whole Foods Markets opened on Potrero Hill in S.F. and near Lake... More >>>