Luis Chong

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    March 28, 2012

    The New Cako Creamery Means Artisanal Ice Cream Is Smack Dab in the Metreon

    The Metreon's ongoing renovation is making space for local chains and a few new vendors right in the heart of downtown. One of the newest and most welcome is Cako Creamery, the new artisan ice cream venture from cupcake specialist, Cako Bakery. The shop is tucked on a nook on the right hand side in ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    The Metreon's Food Court Re-opens

    While renovations are grinding on at the Metreon at 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), the new modern and brightly illuminated food court (mostly) opened this last weekend. The eateries that debuted on Saturday, were Buckhorn Grill, Jillian's, and Japanese restaurant Sanraku. Monday and the next few weeks ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Nombe's New Lunch Special: Beef Ramen

    Luis ChongBeef Ramen lunch special at Nombe on Mission Street.​ Last week, Nombe Restaurant added lunch service, featuring a unique beef ramen from their new chef Noriyuki Sugie. This ramen is also the star of Nombe's Dine About Town lunch offer -- beef ramen, mini donburi and choice of drink: J ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Ramen Parlor Adds to San Mateo's Ramen Empire

    Luis ChongPork broth ramen with lobster oil.​While the city's ramen culture is just beginning to flourish, San Mateo's ramen scene is leaping ahead with a modern variant of ramen. One-month old Ramen Parlor is the latest ramen venture from chef-owner Kazunori Kobayashi, whose San Mateo ramen ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Today in the FiDi: Food Trucks and a Charity Bakesale!

    Luis ChongLIBA Falafel.​What: Food Trucks Charity Bakesale Where: Ice House Alley, 151 Union at Battery When: Wed., October 26, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cost: Varies The rundown: Williams Sonoma's food truck gathering is upon us for the month of October. They actually have a pretty great ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Kare-Ken's Japanese Curry Hits the Tenderloin Tonight: A Preview

    Luis Chong​Japanese curry shops were absent from the city before 2008. Now Muracci's feeds the hungry FiDi lunch crowd, while Volcano tends to the needs of the Richmond neighborhood. And let's not forget the JapaCurry truck, roaming the Bay. Starting this week, there's a new kid on the block ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Meet the Koja Kitchen Food Truck and its $5 KoJa Sandwich

    Luis Chong​Some new gourmet food trucks stretch what it means to offer an affordable menu. Fortunately, new food truck KoJa Kitchen stays true to affordability. Their signature KoJa "sandwich" is just $5.  The KoJa is a clever combination, where toasted rice cake patties act as buns for your ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Hot Sauce and Panko Combines Wings, Waffles and Heat

    Photos by Luis Chong​Not long ago SFoodie reported about the openings of

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    August 1, 2011

    BBQ Joint Smokin' Warehouse Plans to Add a Truck

    Luis Chong​Being trapped behind a window in a Bayview warehouse apparently is too confining for Smokin' Warehouse owner Bill Lee. We visited last week and discovered that he has ordered a smokin' truck. That is, a truck for selling barbecue, not one he found by the side of the road with the ho ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Peru Food Festival Sunday: Get There Early

    Luis ChongThe lines at last year's festival were shortest early in the day.​3rd Annual Festival de Comida Peruana Where: Civic Center Plaza When: Sunday July 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Admission free; food costs vary by vendor The rundown: Last year's Peruvian Food Festival was more popular ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Get Hungry: Pictures from the Bay Area BBQ Championship

    Luis Chong​The Bay Area BBQ Championship went down Saturday, with 32 competitors throwing down their best 'cue in the parking lot at the Oakland Coliseum before an A's-Angels doubleheader. The big winners? Big B's Down N Dirty of Pacifica was named Grand Champion, while Slap Yo Daddy of Diam ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Whisk on Wheels, New Argentine Food Truck

    Photos by Luis Chong​SFoodie was eager to check out Whisk On Wheels, a 2-month-old food truck operated by an Argentine chef. So far, Argentine food trucks like Tanguito and El Porteno have enjoyed great success in the city, though the East Bay's Primo's Parrilla food truck called it quits e ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Fins on the Hoof Swims/Stampedes onto Food Truck Scene

    Luis ChongBasque moules frites and cauliflower soup from Fins on the Hoof​Last Saturday, SFoodie went to check out Fins on the Hoof, a food truck which debuted in late May. The clever name for this Coastal Mediterranean-style menu doesn't mean chef-owner Todd Middleton is serving hybrid lab ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Curry-Leaf Gin, Vegan Smoothies, and Rice Plates: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Citizen Cake's pride cookie, $3.​Highlights from the blog this week:1. Jake Swearingen delivers some very important news from Mayor "Run" Ed Lee: 2011 is Soda Free Summer in San Francisco. From a public health perspective, this is very good news, though it sounds about as dreary as the Inner Sun ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Newcomer Mirtille Excels at Soup and Salad

    Luis ChongMirtille's limited tables and seating.​After Passion Cafe announced it was closing (it has now rescinded that statement), SFoodie was hoping newcomer Mirtille could be a substitute, though the concept is different and it's not open late hours. It's a soup, salad, and sandwich shop, w ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    French Beef, Better Ramen, and Olive Garden: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Jeremy Brooks/SF Weekly Flickr poolBanana display in Chinatown.​1. Today's the last day that Laura Beck serves as interim SFoodie editor before flying to Europe. A huge thanks to Laura, not just for keeping the blog alive, but for writing posts like a guide to the best chain restaurants in the Bay ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Criolla Kitchen's Secret Weapon? Slow Hand BBQ Ribs

    Luis ChongCriolla Kitchen.​Missed out on some great BBQ during Memorial Day Weekend because your current partner is a vegetarian? Don't own a meat smoker?* Or just lack the skills to make fall-off-the-bone tender slow-smoked BBQ? Well, fret no more! You can easily remedy that problem at Crioll ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    When Donuts Aren't Enough: Will Cops Keep the New Turtle Tower in Business?

    Luis ChongA Peek Inside Turtle Tower #3.​This week location #3 of the famous Turtle Tower Restaurant offered a glimpse of their food with a limited menu. A sort of test run before the June 1 official grand opening. SFoodie was lucky enough to take a peek while the employees were enjoying their ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    More Ramen Week: Kasumi's Revisited

    Luis ChongHeaven in a Bowl.​It's been a few months since our initial visit to Kasumi ("Mist" in Japanese), a ramen and yakitori shop hidden in the quiet Lakeside area. We're happy to report that you no longer have to choose between a ramen only lunch or a yakitori only dinner -- both dishes ar ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Ramen Week Continued: Chotto's Rare Miso-Tonkotsu Hybrid

    Luis ChongChotto's Miso-Tonkotsu Ramen Hybrid.​There's no place SFoodie won't go to sample a good bowl of ramen -- even if it means mingling with dudes wearing Ralph Lauren cargo shorts and flip-flops in 45 degree weather. Knowing this, we headed to popular Cow Hollow izakaya, Chotto. On our f ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Ascending Ramen in Parkside, Falling Stars and Their Grilling Tips: This Week in Food Bloggery

    My own favorite celebrity cookbook.​Highlights from the blog this week: 1. Carina Ost dredged the internet and pulled up 10 sopping, putrid celebrity cookbooks. Now that food has become the new rock, expect the System of a Down cupcake guide sometime soon. 2. Luis Chong continues to monitor San ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Ramen Doraku's a Nice Addition to the City's Noodle Shops

    Luis ChongNewly opened Ramen Doraku looks nice, has reasonable prices, and food that's good, if not great.​We slipped into brand-new Ramen Doraku in the Outer Sunset the other day, slurping noodles and chowing on curry. Our bowl of tonkotsu ramen ($7.95) included fish cake (naruto), green onio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Meet the Bloggers: Luis Chong

    Jesse HirschLuis Chong. ​You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Luis Chong Blogs about: cheap food, ramen, the esoteric In an Internet log-jammed with aspiring write ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011
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    May 4, 2011

    Summer Sweets: 37 Degrees Dessert Cafe's Shaved Ice

    Luis ChongGreen Tea Ice at 37 Degrees Dessert Cafe.​The sunny weather inspired SFoodie to visit 37 Degrees Dessert Cafe, a two-year-old Asian desserts and snacks shop in the Sunset. The cafe is now featuring a unique version of shaved ice (snow ice), previously only found at San Jose's now-def ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Metreon Remodel Shrinks, Isolates Food Court

    Luis Chong​If you haven't visited Westfield's Metreon recently, you probably don't know that dining options there have decreased significantly. As part of the scheduled renovations, last week the food court was isolated with partition walls from the Metreon's AMC theater section. Only Sanraku ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Get Your Ass to San Mateo for: Romolo's Cannoli

    Luis ChongSpumoni and cannoli from Romolo's in San Mateo.​Traditional cannoli seem to have been all but forgotten in this era of cupcakes and macarons. SFoodie took advantage of a rare sunny weekend earlier this month to rekindle memories of Romolo's in San Mateo, the oldest (and only, for tha ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Tacos Surge, Ragazza Opens the Back Door, the Line Up Comes Back

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene. Luis ChongVincent Schofield's tacos at Taco Libre.​Tacos, tacos, tacos: If you missed it yesterday, SFoodie's Luis Chong checks out Taco Libre, the week-old taqueria launched by Nombe chef Vin ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Taco's: Cheap, Tasty Sandwiches on Sixth St.

    Luis ChongNope, not a single taco on the menu at Taco's.​We're not sure if news of the incoming branch of Pearl's Burgers at the corner of Sixth and Market streets spooked 6-month-old John's Burgers (it relocated to Seventh and Market), but we're sure glad Taco's Sandwiches took over John's ol ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Caviar Docks to Open Privately at First, Little Saigon Cafe Closes

    ​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.While all the other food blogs were enjoying Presidents Day, SFoodie found ourselves in the office, gathering gossip. From SFoodie editor John Birdsall comes an item exclusive to Buzz Machine:&nbs ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Smokey Joe Is Tiny, But Covers a Lot of Ground

    Luis ChongOur unintentionally double-pork Smokey Joe combo, $9.99.​When SFoodie heard rumors that a brand new Southern barbecue place in the far-Outer Mission named Smokey Joe also had banh mi on the menu, our curiosity was piqued. We had to check it out for ourselves. Luis Chong​Turns ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Smoke BBQ, S.F.'s Newest Mobile 'Cue Merchant

    Luis ChongThe Smoke truck sets up weekdays behind an auto parts shop in the Bayview.​Meet Smoke BBQ, the latest wheeled 'cue vendor to debut in San Francisco. The two-week-old red trailer can be found weekdays in the Bayview's industrial zone, parked behind an automotive parts supply store, no ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Get Your Ass to San Mateo for: Chuka Ryori Cuisine at Yu-Raku

    Luis ChongYu-Raku is the Bay Area's second eatery specializing in Chuka Ryori, Japanese-style Chinese food.​A new series that urges SFoodie readers to get their butts out of the Mission. For a couple hours anyway. It may sound strange, but Japanese-style Chinese food (known as "Chuka Ryori") ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    With Los Catrachos, S.F. to Get Its Second Honduran Restaurant

    Luis ChongWill Los Catrachos offer authentic Honduran dishes, or be a Central American hybrid? We have our fingers crossed.​SFoodie spotted this (misspelled) sign for upcoming Honduran restaurant, Los Catrachos, in the space formerly occupied by Salvadoran place Costa del Sol, at 4423 Mission ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Oidon's Champon, the Un-Tonkotsu

    Luis ChongDespite appearances, champon, a noodle soup with roots in Nagasaki, bears little relation to tonkotsu ramen.​Thursday, December 23, 2010 Luis Chong​Cold, wet days call for hearty comfort dishes. One of our favorites is a popular noodle soup from Nagasaki, Japan, called champo ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Unusual Warabi Mochi at Japantown's Kissako Tea

    Luis ChongWarabi mochi, an unusual sweet at Kissako Tea in Japantown.​Next time you're in Japantown to enjoy ramen at popular Suzu Noodle House, do yourself a favor and stop by the nearby odd-looking little shop next to the stairwell. Kissako Tea offers some unique sweet treats ― check the d ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Greens to Go's Veggie Empanada Is Autumnally Amazing

    Luis ChongGreens to Go's veggie empanada, $6.50.​When it comes to empanadas, this blogger's opinion was always that meat was always better -- an opinion reinforced by countless, disappointing vegetarian turnovers, which seemed like they were vehicles for leftover vegetables. During the weekend, ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Tandoori Oven, Daly City's First Indian Restaurant

    Luis ChongChicken tikka masala dinner at Tandoori Oven.​South Bay chain Tandoori Oven decided to go north for its fifth location, the first Indian tandoori restaurant in Daly City. Less than 2 weeks old, Tandoori Oven took over the space from late-night burger joint Slider USA after 3 months ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Lou's Cafe Puts the Diner Breakfast Between Bread

    Luis ChongLou's breakfast sandwich puts the hash browns between ciabatta halves.​Lou's Café is an eight-month-old sandwich spot in the Richmond, serving toasted-to-order gourmet sandwiches and salads priced under $7. We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch crunch, but we think the breakfast ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Chinatown's Yummy Bakery: Egg-White Custard Tarts and Japanese Cheesecake

    Luis ChongA Hong Kong favorite, egg-white custard tarts are relatively rare here.​We confess to being cult devotees of the freshly made egg custard tarts at Golden Gate Bakery, so we felt compelled to investigate rumors that a relatively new bakery with egg-white tarts was garnering fans. Lu ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    California Nuts/Angry Shoppers: This Week in Food Bloggery

    A photo from Lara Hata's Commonwealth slideshow.​A few of the highlights from the blog this week:1. Summer Tomato's Darya Pino debuts on SFoodie with a revelation that California macadamias exist -- in fact, you can find them in Scream's macadamia-vanilla sorbet. 2. On the frozen-foods tip, Tamara ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Twirl & Dip Picks the Perfect Time to Debut at Two Off the Grids

    Luis ChongTwirl & Dip's first appearance at UN Plaza was today.​Today's scorching heat forced us to search for something refreshing at the UN Plaza Off the Grid to help us cool down. The answer came in the form of a truck serving soft-serve ice cream, root beer floats, and fruit-sicles. SFoodi ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Off the Grid UN Plaza Debuts Quietly

    Luis ChongThe Thursday street-food market represents the fifth Off the Grid pod.​The fifth location of Matt Cohen's Off the Grid street-food gathering made a quiet debut yesterday at United Nations Plaza. Four food trucks (El Tonayense, IZ-IT, Le Truc, and Senor Sisig) made the trip to the ope ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Last Call for the Chinatown Night Market

    Luis ChongSmaller than some night markets, but a good source for boba teas and knickknacks.​October 9 is the last scheduled evening for the Chinatown Night Market Fair. This small night market pales in comparison to the huge multiblock events of Vancouver, Hong Kong, mainland China, and many o ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    The Hand-Pulled Noodles We Didn't Get to Taste at San Dong House BBQ

    Luis ChongSan Dong House BBQ's pork dumplings: Great flavor.​We were strolling around the Inner Richmond area one night when we spotted a new Shandong cuisine restaurant and decided to check it out. San Dong House BBQ replaced Teo Korean ― the old exhaust hoods for the table grills still han ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    The Under-$10 Hookup: Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen

    Luis ChongThumbs up: Lime Tree's beef rendang.​Last Thursday's KQED Forum radio show with Michael Krasny featured a chat with Bay Area food writers and restaurant critics including SF Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman. During listener call-ins, several requested recommendations for inexpensive dining ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Saiwaii, Newest Arrival in S.F.'s Year of Ramen

    Luis ChongSaiwaii's tonkotsu ramen with chasu and kakuni, braised pork belly.​South Bay restaurants have dominated the trend, but 2010 appears to be the year of ramen for San Francisco, as new shops continue to pop up around the city. SFoodie was among the first to spot Saiwaii, a new ramen co ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Zaab Northeastern Thai Brings 'Tasty' to Clement

    Luis Chong​There's a new Thai place on Clement Street. Two-week-old Zaab replaced the Golden Deer, a Vietnamese restaurant that was often empty, and whose only virtue seemed to be that it stayed open until 2 a.m. on weekends. Zaab means "tasty" in the northeastern Thai dialect (it's unrela ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Nong Shim's Shin Ramyun, a Better Instant Ramen

    Luis ChongThe round noodle block perfectly fits a ramen bowl.​Last month at May Wah Supermarket, we found a new instant spicy ramen: Nong Shim's Shin Ramyun (89 cents each, or a five-pack for $3.99). We were so impressed by this spicy flavor that we later rushed to Pacific Supermarket to buy t ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Nombe's Street-Food Ramen Expands the Mission's Late-Night Offerings

    Luis ChongSaturday's street-food serving of chashu kimchi ramen: Better than homemade.​If you find yourself hungry in the Mission after midnight on a Saturday ― just like we were last weekend ― your options are no longer limited to a few taquerias. Now you can add ramen to your short list ... More >>

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