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    August 1, 2011

    San Francisco's Top Five Hot Dogs

    John BirdsallDa Beef's Chicago-style hot dog.​Like Shakespeare plays, biblical parables, and that damn Pachelbel's Canon, the hot dog is the theme on which a million variations are played. The frankfurter has been upscaled and deep-fried, pressed into lettuce as well as Acme rolls. SFoodie has eat ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Quince's Rum and Cheese Pairing Is Good for the Rum

    Ben Narasin​Quince restaurant continues its series of cheese and spirit pairings this week with rum and artisan cheese ($36, available only in the bar and lounge). While Quince's first effort, Scotch and cheese, is a somewhat established coupling, rum and cheese is far more esoteric. That make ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 27, 2011
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    July 27, 2011
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    July 26, 2011

    Duck Eggs: Add Richness To Breakfast

    Ben NarasinDuck Eggs (R) vs. Chicken Egg (L)​Like any amateur chef, I'm always looking for new, unknown, reclaimed, or forgotten food or ingredients. Duck eggs fit many of these descriptors. Prized by bakers for their superior protein content and richness, duck eggs are almost never seen in ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Freddie's Sandwiches: Still Hot After 85 Years

    Photos by W. Blake GrayEddie Sweileh, Maura Mancia and Maria López make the sandwiches at Freddie's​Freddie's Sandwiches is tucked away on a quiet corner downhill from North Beach and uphill from Fisherman's Wharf. You'd think the location would be challenging, but owner Ed Sweileh has ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Tadashi Ono, Japanese Hot Pot Expert, Describes the Real Shabu Shabu

    Melissa BarnesShabu shabu at Shabu Pub, which is not traditionally Japanese​While researching this week's review of Chinese-American shabu shabu restaurants in the Richmond and Sunset, I called Tadashi Ono, the chef of Matsuri in New York and co-author of Japanese Hot Pots. I wanted to get a sense ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    M&L Market Still Makes You Follow the Rules for a Pastrami Sandwich

    Jonathan KauffmanM&L Market's turkey-pastrami sandwich. This is a half sandwich ($4.20), by the way.​ Now that the SFoodie's 92 is over, I'm returning to a series about restaurants that have been around so long they've slipped into a media black hole. There are three constants about the line ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Olivier's Butchery Throws Dogpatch a Bone

    xdebx//FlickrFrench cuts of meat without TSA hassles​"You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that we got here, but it's's just there it's a little different." -Vincent Vega, Pulp FictionOpening next Thursda ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011
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    May 11, 2011

    S.F. Rising: Olive Ciabatta from Bakers of Paris

    Jonathan KauffmanBakers of Paris's olive ciabatta.​A weekly survey of bread in San Francisco ― the baked and the fried, the artisan and the novelty.Olive Ciabatta Source: Bakers of Paris stand, Inner Sunset Sunday farmers' market (also at Upper Haight, Divisadero, and Fort Mason markets) Price ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Outside Lands Announces Local Food and Wine Lineup w/ Flour Water, Ritual Coffee, More

    Christopher VictorioBecause this will make you hungry.​ Outside Lands has always made an effort to bring in highlights of the local food and wine scene to festival goers. Every year the offerings get a little bigger, and this year's festival is no different. For its return to a three-day forma ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Beauty's Bagel Shop Begins Baking Montreal-Style Bagels

    Frank MilwardBlake Joffe of Beauty's Bagles​Blake Joffe's memories of childhood vacations aren't of beaches or landmarks. Instead, he reminisces about the Montreal bagels he scarfed during many visits to his dad's hometown. This fall, Joffe, who currently cooks at Pizzeria Delfina, and partne ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011
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    March 30, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    Online Bake Sale for Japan Now Enlisting Bloggers and Bidders

    The Tomato Tart​Sabrina Modelle says she was face down on the acupuncture table last week when she heard about the devastating Japanese quake. Modelle's currently on leave from her job at a nonprofit. "I think I was going through do-good withdrawal," she says. And since Modelle is also a food ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Getting Meat into Cocktails is Tricky but Doable

    There have been a few constants in humanity's aspirations: finding out if we're all alone in the universe, immortality, and successfully getting meat to work in a cocktail. The latter is remarkably delicate work. Go too far in the meat direction and it can get gross (and yes, for vegans and vegeta ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Clean Cheese, Ginger Ale, and the Mighty Subway

    Madame Fromage/FlickrSally Jackson's amazing cheese, now lost to the world after an FDA crackdown.​A new daily column: Notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other miscellanea dredged up from the food media.1. Cheese makers under attack? San Francisco diners haven't felt the i ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Charcutepaloozers: Brine It On

    Cathy Barrow/Mrs. Wheelbarrow's KitchenBeef, corning.​Who knew there was so much pent-up demand to cure meat at home? After Cathy Barrow and Kim Foster first launched the Charcutepalooza challenge, the number of bloggers ballooned into the dozens, and then the hundreds. By the time they closed ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011
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    February 4, 2011

    Morgan Maki, aka Professor Meat, Breaks It Down

    Sean TimberlakeMorgan Maki stuffed 2,000 years of meat history into 2 hours.​Morgan Maki knows his meat. But Bi-Rite's butcher and charcutier is versed in more than mere technique; Maki is a meat historian, and the depths of his knowledge and passion read through in the finished product. At ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011
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    December 17, 2010

    Beyond Banh Mi: San Francisco's Best East-West Sandwiches

    Alvin P./YelpHRD's Sloppy Jo-Jo, $5.75.​SFoodie could eat banh mi every day ― and has, at times ― but as we have traced that hallowed route between our offices and Larkin Street we've been distracted by more and more Asian-themed sandwiches. Here are our favorite of the past five months, in no ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    SFoodie Advent Calendar, Day 11: Edible Holiday Box from Charles Chocolates

    Charles Chocolates​The SFoodie Advent Calendar counts down the days before Christmas/Nondenominationalwinterholiday, one treat at a time. "This might be a little bit big to fit in one of the little squares of your advent calendar," jokes Charles Chocolates owner Chuck Siegel of his winter col ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    The Best New Cheeses of 2010

    Gordon EdgarKunik from Nettle Meadow: Goat, meet cow.​Guest cheese blogger Gordon Edgar is the buyer for Rainbow Grocery and the author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, published by Chelsea Green. He blogs at It shows the strength and popularity of the growing world of Am ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    SFoodie Advent Calendar, Day 7: Boccalone's Black Truffle Mortadella

    Lou BustamanteBits of black truffle add perfume to Boccalone's holiday-issue mortadella.​The SFoodie Advent Calendar counts down the days before Christmas/Nondenominationalwinterholiday, one treat at a time.The cold and rain of December always finds us fighting a losing battle against salty-fa ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    SFoodie Advent Calendar, Day 5: Panettone from Dianda's

    Jonathan KauffmanOne-pound panettone from Dianda's, $5.25. ​The SFoodie Advent Calendar counts down the days before Christmas/Nondenominationalwinterholiday, one treat at a time.SFoodie can't tell you how many loaves of imported Italian panettone we bought over the years before we admitted to ours ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Fresh Eats

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    November 30, 2010

    Taste Local Cheese for the Holidays (and a Good Cause)

    ​For obvious, if college-humor, reasons, our favorite of the twelve days of Christmas has always been the eight maids a-milking. Egg nog and Santa's glass of milk always have a place in the holiday celebrations, but why can't we include dairy in its more awesome and solid forms? The

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    November 24, 2010

    Interview with Anthony Mangieri

    Natalie Knight/Una Pizza NapoletanaAnthony Mangieri​Una Pizza Napoletana's owner, Anthony Mangieri, started making pizzas at the age of 15, then at the age of 19 started up a bakery in Red Bank, N.J., where he sold naturally leavened breads baked in a brick oven. "It was a total failure, but a gre ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Pop! Desserts' Coffee Pudding

    John BirdsallA quartet of Pop! Desserts puddings, clockwise from top: chocolate, black sesame, matcha, and coffee, all $2.​Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Marielle Nuval's knife roll must've still been new when, months after graduating CCA, she got a job in the pastry department at Michael Mina. S ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Baking from Tartine Bread, Part II: A New Starter

    This story does have a happy-ish ending.​ Part II of a two-part series on my weeks-long attempt to make the basic recipe from Chad Robertson's new cookbook, Tartine Bread.The worst part of seeing my first loaves fail, a disappointment after two weeks of cultivating a sourdough starter and a 24-hou ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Charles Chocolates Operates Virtual Goodie Factories for Online Game

    PlayFirst via SFGateThe chocolate-making game's been averaging 800,000 plays a month.​Want to make your own Charles Chocolates creations? There's a video game called Chocolatier: Sweet Society for that. Charles Chocolates has teamed up with social networking game company PlayFirst for this ven ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Buckwheat Crêpe from Crêperie Saint Germain

    John BirdsallThe Number 3, cheese, ham, and egg, $6.95.​Thursday, October 28, 2010 John Birdsall​You take a bite of the Number 3 (cheese, ham, and egg, $6.95) and your teeth squeak against the thickish slice of deli ham swathed in a double-fold of spongy-soft buckwheat crêpe. Crêperie ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Gather's Braised Mushroom Sandwich

    John BirdsallBraised mushroom sandiwch on grilled ciabatta with cashew-gypsy pepper "cheese," $9.​Monday, October 25, 2010 Where chefs fail with the portobello is in forcing a false equivalency. Stemless, it has the size and shape of a meat patty, but, well, a portobello isn't meat, though ca ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Feel the Burn

    Sean TimberlakeHot right now: Thai chiles.​Indian summer's come and gone, but it's not too late to capture a piece of the season's heat in a jar. Hot peppers are still lingering at the markets. Some of the more exotic varieties have passed, but common peppers like Thai chilies, pictured, are s ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    How Safe Is Chicken Tartare? A Saga of Discovery

    CAKES A./FlickrChicken tartare at Ippuku: Just looking at this photo makes me crave it again.​In the week following simultaneous restaurant reviews in the Chronicle and SF Weekly of Ippuku, a Japanese restaurant in Berkeley, the Chronicle's comments sections filled with disgust over a dish that bo ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Marin Sun Farms' BLT

    John BirdsallMarin Sun Farms' BLT with house-cured bacon, $7.50.​Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Open since June, Marin Sun Farms' Oakland meat counter rehabs the notion of the butcher shop for an age that likes its strip steaks to come with a narrative. These days we like to picture where our meat ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    DeLise Dessert Cafe: Tiny Treats and Giant Ice Cream Scoops

    Uncredited/YelpThe ice cream case at DeLise.​ For space reasons, the paragraph I wrote about Dennis and Eloise Leong's DeLise Dessert Cafe disappeared from this week's roundup of micropatisseries. The couple, former pastry chefs at Bong Su, opened a small cafe on Bay Street after the birth of thei ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    Meatloaf Sandwich from Fatted Calf on Fell

    Jonathan KauffmanFatted Calf's meatloaf sandwich, $9.50.​Friday, September 24, 2010The Hayes Valley outpost of Taylor Beotticher's Fatted Calf Charcuterie opened yesterday, all exposed concrete and oxblood tile, chrome cases and blond wood shelves. Over the lunch hour, customers steadily filed in, ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010
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    September 9, 2010

    Paladar vs. Chan Chan: The Cuban-on-Cuban Cubano

    Jonathan KauffmanPaladar's Cubano, $9.50.​Cuban sandwiches do come from Cuba, Paladar Cafe Cubano owner Rita Abraldes assured SFoodie the other day. (Though there, of course, they're not called "Cuban sandwiches" ― often they're referred to as "mixtos"). The Cuban sandwich has a long history in ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010
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    August 24, 2010

    Golden West's Barbecued Short Rib Sandwich

    Barbecued short rib sandwich ($8.50).​For the past few weeks, Golden West, sister to the Sentinel, has quietly been opening in the mornings. The tiny takeout window on Trinity and Sutter sells coffee (Mr. Espresso) and a few pastries; customers who crane their necks around the counterwoman can get ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Pearl's Kitchen: Jewish Street Food Represents

    Nina LaoPearl's Kitchen's Jon and Lauren Bowne.​In the fast moving, trend-bending world of San Francisco street food, is it possible that one of the most talked-about operations of 2010 was ideologically inspired by Jewish grandparents? In the case of Pearl's Kitchen, the nine-month-old corned ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Humphry Slocombe Hosting Big Gay Ice Cream Truck for Bicoastal Fun

    Tamara PalmerHumphry Slocombe's Harvey Milk and Honey Graham Cracker ice cream.​SFoodie's Tamara Palmer, enlisted to edit NBC's local food blog Feast Bay Area (due to go live in September), offered up a rainbow scoop to NBC's New York Feast flagship yesterday ― an East-Coast-meets-West-Coast ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Zero Zero's Bruce Hill, and Why Artisanal Pizza is Ubiquitous in San Francisco

    John BirdsallBruce Hill, going all "American Gothic" with the pizza shovel.​Yesterday, Zero Zero chef Bruce Hill took us on a Q-and-A spin around the custom wood-fired pizza oven he spent much of last week seasoning, to prepare for tomorrow's opening. In today's part two, Hill and Zero Zero ch ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Zero Zero's Bruce Hill and the Zen of Pizza Making

    John BirdsallBruce Hill and his all-important ember shovel.​If you thought San Francisco had reached pizza saturation, think again. On Wednesday, Bruce Hill's Neapolitan pizzeria Zero Zero will begin firing pies in the former Azie space at 826 Folsom (at Fourth St.). Hill's no pizza virgin. ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    A National Tour of 10 Strange Musical Sandwiches

    ​Music celebrities continue to be a fertile source of inspiration for sandwich makers across the nation. Behold some incredibly strange examples of a growing art form; call it an iTunes eatlist. The star: Lady Gaga The sandwich: Fried cod sticks, avocado, roll The location: Hapa Ramen, San F ... More >>

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