Alex Hochman

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    February 17, 2012

    The Dancing Pig: The Joy of Ribs Hits the Castro

    ​Open barely a week, the Castro's Dancing Pig BBQ already has a mostly neighborhood crowd happily piling in, ordering up beers, cocktails, and -- as only San Franciscans can do -- white wine to go with platters of smoked meats. Though still getting used to their surroundings and a quirky iPod Touc ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    In Defense of General Tso's and the Whole U.S. Friggin A.

    Alex HochmanOur new national dish?​ Last week, SF Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman penned a column lamenting the introduction of the Chinese-American staple General Tso's Chicken to Beijing. Well color us red, white, and blue, but any country lucky enough to have this foodstuff shoved down its throat sh ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Prime Dip's Gourmet Sandwiches Are Anything but Gourmet -- and That's a Good Thing

    ​Just a few steps down Larkin street from the always-packed lunchtime institution Saigon Sandwich, Prime Dip Gourmet Sandwiches quietly goes about its business creating straightforward, French dip style behemoths. Crackly rolls, supplied by neighbor Lee's Deli, are built to withstand flash floods ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Cathead's BBQ: Smoky Brisket and Stellar Sides

    Alex HochmanCathead's Coca Cola smoked brisket and hot slaw are early signature items​ After three weeks in action as a brick and mortar operation, former pop-up favorite Cathead's BBQ is settling nicely into the old Big Nate's space. Shortly after an inaugural visit, Sfoodie was magnetically suc ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Correction: Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous' Birthday Party Is Sunday, Not Today

    Alex HochmanThis joynt will be hopping on Sunday afternoon.​Yesterday, SFoodie erroneously reported that Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous' birthday blowout with free scoops was taking place today. It is actually this Sunday (June 26) from 1-3 p.m. The shop will be open today for business as usual sa ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Anda Elevates The Local Piroshki Scene (Yes, That Exists)

    Alex HochmanNo gut bombs at Anda Piroshki.​A San Franciscan could be excused for having a lackluster attitude towards piroshki. Until now, choices have been limited to limp, microwaved deli counter ovals or the greasy, fryolator variety served up at numerous Richmond district Russian bakeries. ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Eat Ice Cream, Help Kids, The End.

    Alex HochmanHello, St. Francis Fountain Sundae.​Supporting charity doesn't have to be a bitter pill, especially when you've got ice cream to make it go down sweet and smooth. On Wed., June 1, more than 10 ice cream parlors around the city will be donating portions of their proceeds to the Mayo ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Devil's Teeth Baking Company, the Outer Sunset's New Destination Spot

    Alex HochmanThe breakfast sandwich at two-week-old Devil's Teeth Baking Company is already a favorite.​SFoodie could be forgiven for walking by the Outer Sunset's Devil's Teeth Baking Company and not even realizing it was open. Barely two weeks old, the storefront still lacks a proper awning, ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Out with the Kids: Hands-On at Assab

    Alex HochmanThis is the neatest your dinner will look all night.​As parents, we're constantly begging our children to be more hands on. We get all exultant over the Zeum or the Exploratorium because they're hands on museums. We peer over our iPhone screens to yell at the kids to turn off the t ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    AT&T Park's Gluten-Free Dog Strikes Out, the Tri-Tip Sandwich Gets the Save

    Alex HochmanThe Baby Bull carved tri-tip sandwich ($12.50), early leader for rookie of the year.​Brandon Belt isn't the only Giants rookie getting off to a slow start this season. The gluten-free hot dog ($7.75), one of many new food offerings at AT&T Park, is the single worst thing SFoodie h ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Out with the Kids: Sushi at ICHI

    Alex HochmanWho cares if she'll never earn an athletic scholarship? She eats shrimp heads, dammit!​In my twisted little food-obsessed world, my daughters' sushi-eating exploits are just as important, if not more, than their academic achievements or athletic prowess. Your son scored two goals t ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    A First Taste of Greenburger's

    Alex HochmanBurger and fries.​It's hard not to be smitten with the décor of the new Lower Haight burger spot, Greenburger's. Floor to ceiling front windows let sunlight stream onto pale green walls dotted with planter boxes and family photos. Cool knickknacks, including a vintage working milk ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Jersey's on 6th: Good Sandwiches, Old-School Simplicity

    Alex HochmanShocker! The roast beef sandwich at Jersey's on 6th is called "the roast beef sandwich." ​What? No catchy names invoking quasi-unknown bands or indie-film actors? No ingredient mashups of Asian spices with honey-baked ham and fried Provolone? No Twitter feed? How can Jersey's on 6t ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Top Chef Loses a Fan, San Francisco Sweets Gain THC

    What's missing from this season's Top Chef? A little San Francisco magic, maybe.​Highlights from the blog this week:1. Carina Ost, our Top Chef chronicler, may be a devoted fan of the cooking show, but her patience with the series is wearing out. Quickfire, Bravo! Time to re-season this show. Mayb ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    The Turkey Sandwich at Chiotras Grocery, One of S.F.'s Best Places for a Tryst

    Alex HochmanChiotras' Turkey Sandwich​San Francisco is full of great spots for a tryst, and there's no lack of places where you can get a quality turkey sandwich. But what if you want both simultaneously? SFoodie humbly suggests Chiotras Grocery. Situated in the middle of a residential block ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Mission Chinese Food's Kung Pao Corned Beef

    Alex HochmanCorned beef? Pastrami? It doesn't seem to matter.​"This shit is no joke," Mission Chinese Food's Danny Bowien warned yesterday as he set down a plate of kung pao corned beef ($11) on day one of MCF's new BBQ menu. Corned beef? To paraphrase Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins, was this ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Jessie's Hot House: Fried Chicken at S.F. State Rates a Solid B

    Alex HochmanNext time, more chicken, less Baco. ​It's salvation for college students stuck in cafeteria purgatory. Jessie's Hot House sits smack in the middle of the S.F. State campus, a bare-bones outdoor counter serving up Southern food with an accent on the fried. SFoodie recently ordered a ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Out with the Kids: Dinner at St. Francis Fountain

    Alex HochmanThree-scoop banana split ($8.25), a dinner essential at St. Francis Fountain on 24th Street.​ You'd think the city's oldest ice cream parlor ― a place that's been in the same storefront on 24th Street since 1918 ― would be packed at dinner with families reveling in nostalgia a ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    The Cheese Factor's High at Sacramento's Squeeze Inn

    Alex HochmanThe Squeeze Inn's crisp-skirted Squeeze with Cheese, $6.25. ​Located at the tail end of a nondescript, mostly vacant Sacramento strip mall about 20 feet from the tracks, The Squeeze Inn hardly seems like a destination. But at 4 p.m. on a recent weekday, the place was full and a lin ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Show Dogs' New Breakfast Sandwich: It's Morning in Mid-Market

    Alex HochmanThe Sunrise ShowDog, $9.95.​ Really? The asking price of $9.95 seemed a bit steep for what appeared to be a glorified Egg McMuffin on Show Dogs' recently unveiled breakfast menu, especially considering our front-row view of a local taking his morning whiz on Sixth Street. But the S ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Out with the Kids: Goat Hill Pizza's Neighborhood Mondays

    Alex HochmanGoat Hill Pizza's Sarah Stanford serves up a veggie combo.​A family night out for pizza is supposed to be an easy meal, but rarely is. The main issue: topping differences. My oldest daughter wants ham and pineapple while my youngest actually likes vegetables (damned California kids ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Wise Sons Deli Pop-Up Satisfies Jewish Breakfast Cravings

    Alex HochmanWise Sons Deli's corned beef hash with fried egg, $9.​SFoodie arrived at Saturday morning's Wise Sons deli pop-up an hour after the doors opened. Surprise: Only one table was free. A mostly twentysomething crowd ― yearning, apparently, for a proper Jewish breakfast ― had packed ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Pizza Invades Even the Jewish Deli

    Alex HochmanThe meatball and smoked provolone pie at Miller's, $10.99.​"A man walks into a Jewish deli and orders a meatball pizza" sounds like the start of one of our Grandpa Sol's many long, off-color jokes, gleefully told at the dinner table while Grandma Lil looked on with dismay. At Mille ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Mission Chinese Food's Westlake Rice Porridge

    Alex HochmanMission Chinese Food's Westlake rice porridge ($9), a riff on a classic Guangdong soup.​Slurping our bowl of Mission Chinese Food's Westlake rice porridge ($9) ― one of several new items rolled out in recent weeks ― we caught ourselves humming the Cowboy Junkies version of "Swe ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Brooklyn's Blue Bottle East an Outpost of S.F. Coffee Culture

    Alex HochmanBlue Bottle's 10-month-old outpost in Williamsburg gives off a strong whiff of West Coast Third Wave.​Though we'd trekked over 3-foot-high snowdrifts to get inside, one glance around Blue Bottle's Brooklyn outpost and we felt right at home. Multiple slow-dripper setup? Check. Chemi ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Out with the Kids: Brunch at Maverick

    Alex HochmanMaverick's fried-to-order doughnuts are something both kids and parents can agree on.​The birth of our first daughter 10 years ago meant the death of brunch as we knew it. The thrill of brunch had been predicated on talking about the fun of the night before while eating something t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Domo Arigato, Star Stream Wafflegato

    Alex HochmanStar Stream's wafflegato, a coffee waffle topped with ice cream, bathed in hot espresso, $6.​Our hands have finally stopped jittering long enough to let us write about the wafflegato ($6), the maniacally brilliant dessert mashup for coffee lovers from the folks at Star Stream. The ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Which Frozen Latkes Are Best?

    Alex HochmanThe winner by a shred: Golden Potato Pancakes from Whole Foods.​Not to kvetch, but latkes are a huge pain to make. Between shredding what seems like a hundred potatoes, hot oil splattering across the kitchen, and a funky stench that lingers until Passover, who has the time and pati ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Start Off Hanukkah With a Two-Meat Latke Delight at Miller's

    Alex HochmanMiller's Latke Delight: This is why you're zaftig.​In his ode to schmaltz Save The Deli, David Sax posits that the decline of the Jewish deli in the United States is largely due to the increasingly healthful dietary habits of the domestic Jewish population. Lucky for us, Robby Morgenst ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Craft Brews Illuminate Deli Classics at Saul's-Shmaltz Mashup

    Alex HochmanSmoked herring on potato coins, paired with Shmaltz's Genesis Ale.​Here's the shocker about last night's Shmaltz beer and Jewish foods pairing at Saul's Deli: It completely worked. As a deli purist who drinks only Dr. Brown's or plain seltzer with a pastrami sandwich and potato kni ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Submarine Center's Italian Sausage

    Alex HochmanSub Center's mystery Italian sausage with Provolone, $6.40.​Monday, November 15, 2010 Alex Hochman​On a foggy Saturday afternoon in West Portal, Submarine Center is our idea of the ideal lunch spot. Sub Center, as locals call it, is packed with regulars, many sporting worn G ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Scenes from SF Food Wars' Ultimate Potluck

    Alex HochmanAziza's Louis Maldonado, left, and Mourad Lahlou act out their love for Joyce Goldstein.​In choosing a greatest hits collection of Times recipes dating back to the 1850s for her new The Essential New York Times Cookbook, Amanda Hesser took on a daunting task. Just as daunting was t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Spice Hound Settles Into 331 Cortland Marketplace

    Alex HochmanTammy Tan's spice shop is now one of six vendors at the 6-month-old food market in Bernal Heights.​A simultaneous welcome party and anniversary celebration went down Saturday at 331 Cortland, the six-stall food marketplace in Bernal Heights. The welcome party was for Spice Hound, T ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    The Five Best Things We Had for Lunch in October

    Jonathan KauffmanTamales La Oaxaquena's chicken tamale, $4.​Monday, November 1, 2010 Gringo-style tacos, pork dumplings with some surprising sourcing, a new barbecue favorite, Oaxacan street food, and a crazy-ass sandwich: Five memorable things we lunched on in October, reprised here as SFood ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    The PB&J from Courtney's Produce

    Alex HochmanCreamy peanut butter, raspberry jelly, and strawberries on cinnamon challah, $1.50.​Friday, October 29, 2010 Alex Hochman​Outside, Courtney's looks like central casting's dream for the part of quintessential neighborhood market. Signs for fresh-picked produce hang over lime ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    How to Piss Off Phillies Fans: With a Cheesesteak from Gorilla Barbeque

    Alex HochmanSmoked brisket gives Gorilla's cheesesteaks rare flavor.​Tastykakes suck. Remind any Phillies fans of that fact and any Game Five elation could quickly turn to bitter rage. Want to really make them get all Phanatic on you? Head down to Pacifica's Gorilla Barbeque. For starters, the ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Brisket Sandwich from Smokin' Warehouse Barbecue

    Alex HochmanBeef brisket sandwich, $7.50.​Reading the words "barbecue" and "warehouse" in the name of Smokin' Warehouse Barbecue put life on hold until SFoodie could explore further. We sprinted to the week-old Bayview restaurant and were rewarded for our curiosity -- and impatience -- with a no-n ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Whisky, Pie, and Franken Berry: The Week in Food Bloggery

    Benimoto/FlickrYou think you can bake like this?​Highlights from the blog and beyond:1. You have two days left in WhiskyWeek, another excuse to get drunk in the name of furthering your culinary education. Lou Bustamante offers a primer on whiskey/whisky (getting the spelling right is one of the ba ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Costco's Carne Asada Bake Is Nasty

    Alex HochmanLike a doughy burrito hot from the oven, dribbling green liquid.​In Run D.M.C.'s 1986 classic "Peter Piper," D.M.C. raps about Jam Master Jay: "He's a big bad wolf in your neighborhood. Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good." Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Costco's new ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Fremont Diner's Nashville Hot Chicken Is Totally Worth the Food Miles

    Alex HochmanThat's not some bottled hot sauce tossed with Fremont Diner's hot chicken.​Chewing our first bite of Fremont Diner's Nashville Hot Chicken ($10.50), we were already mentally calculating how long it would take to drive back to Sonoma the next day to get our fix. Three pieces of Fult ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    OTG McCoppin, Greek Fest: Valencia Street Serves Up Street-Food Contrasts

    Alex HochmanThe inaugural OTG McCoppin brought out a mostly under-30 crowd.​Two blocks separated a pair of very different food gatherings in the Mission Saturday. We always thought of McCoppin Hub, a small section of pavement next to the Central Freeway on-ramp, as a prime spot to score black ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Revamped Big Nate's Is a Big Disappointment

    Alex HochmanBig Nate's three-way combination: beef brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. ​Big Nate's BBQ recently stepped up its cooking methods and the quality of its meats (Eater reported last May that Fly Bar's Matt Sturm was joining founder Nate Thurmond and a third partner, Chris Cronk). Indeed ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Tim Archuleta Pleases Like an Old Pro at ICHI Sushi

    Alex HochmanICHI's yuzu chicken wings get a preliminary cooking sous vide.​Tim Archuleta doesn't act like a chef whose restaurant is in only its third night of existence. Behind the sushi bar at Ichi over the weekend, he was all smiles, telling stories while preparing dishes and calmly speakin ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Gourmet Carousel's Deluxe Won Ton Soup

    Alex HochmanChicken, shrimp, beef, roast pork, and wontons in beef broth: $5.50 at lunch, $6.75 at dinner.​Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Tired of brisket and kugel last weekend, we ate a simple Sunday dinner that paid equal homage to our Jewish ancestors: Chinese food. Longtime favorite Gourm ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Chat's Bistro to Open in Old Klein's Deli Space on Potrero Hill

    Alex HochmanWhen it opens on (or after) Oct. 15, Chat's Bistro will offer simple breakfasts and lunches.​Potrero Hillians who've spent the past year watching the former Klein's Deli (501 Connecticut, at 20th St.) sit depressingly empty can now breathe a sigh of relief: Chat's Bistro will be mo ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    The Sycamore: Basement Throwback with Killer Beef Sandwich

    Alex HochmanNo second-guessing yourself ― get the Sycamore's roast beef sandwich.​Dropping into the Sycamore for a late lunch recently, we felt like we were fifteen again, sneaking behind mom's back to hang out in our impish, stoner cousin's mysterious basement. The jukebox was blaring The M ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Superior Palace Feeds Nostalgia for the Supercheap Rice Plate

    Alex HochmanMandarin pork spareribs plate, with built-in "dessert."​We fondly remember the days of supercheap Chinese rice-plate lunches, the kind we stuffed ourselves silly on under bad fluorescent lighting, returning to the office in desperate need of a breath mint and a nap. Well, we're hap ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Zingerman's Zzang Bars and the Gospel of Candy Freshness

    Alex HochmanZzang premium candy bars, available at Bi-Rite, Whole Foods, Canyon Market, and Cheese Plus.​"Freshness. It's all about the freshness." Charlie Frank, managing partner of Zingerman's Candy Company in Ann Arbor, Mich., is differentiating his Zzang bars from your run-of-the-mill ca ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Papito: Mexican (with a French Accent) on Potrero Hill

    Alex HochmanPapito's onion ring-topped heirloom tomato and cactus salad.​"Bonsoir!" A voice with a thick French accent greeted us last night on entering Papito, the long-delayed, just-opened Potrero Hill Mexican spot from Jocelyn Bulow, of Chez Papa fame. While the front of the small room is d ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    More Evidence of S.F.'s Fusion Renaissance

    Jun BelenSisig from Hapa SF: Subtle fusion, maybe, but fusion all the same.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Jonathan Kauffman's response to Michael Bauer's Friday lament re: the death of fusion cuisine had a predecessor. In April, Urban Stomach blogger Alex Hochman echoed (um, pre-echoed? ... More >>

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