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    April 9, 2014
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    March 11, 2014

    Brace Yourselves For Third-Wave Tea to Be a Thing

    Tea has been making a "comeback" for years but it finally seems like it's on the verge of breaking out. You've heard of so-called "third-wave coffee" -- the single-origin, pour-over, absurdly tasting-noted brew that you find at places like Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, Sightglass, and just about every ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Pop-Ups: The Galley's Justin Navarro Cooks 3 Kinds of Belly, Naughty Hindu Eats Sacred Cows

    The Galley, Justin Navarro's pop-up at Clooney's, has acquired a cult following for serving vegan flatbreads and French onion soup sandwiches at a dyed-in-the-wool dive bar on lower Valencia. (He also pickles eggs, if you want to get really old-school about it.) While most pop-ups aspire to brick-a ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013
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    January 11, 2013

    How to Fix a Dangerous Intersection So Cyclists Don't Get Killed

    Good news for all cyclists who would really like to not get hit by a car this year. The notoriously menacing intersection at Octavia Boulevard and Market Street will finally get an automated traffic camera so catch those speeding drivers. After years of lobbying, legislative wrangling, and legal d ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Teenage Girl Stabbed Repeatedly Last Night

    A 17-year-old girl is clinging to life today after she was brutally stabbed after a fight broke out in the Mission District last night.Sgt. Michael Andraychak says that at about 7 p.m. police were called to the the intersection of 21st and Valencia where they found the victim bleeding on the sidewal ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012
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    May 30, 2012
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    May 16, 2012
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    May 16, 2012

    West of Pecos Brings Quirky Old West Fare to The Mission

    West of Pecos (550 Valencia) opened May 15 in the completely transformed Bombay Bazar space. The former Indian ice cream parlor and market would have never conceived of a Texas longhorn skull as the centerpiece, but it's a perfect touch for this new Old West restaurant from Dylan MacNiven, who also ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Number 27: The Jewish-Style Artichoke from Locanda

    SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition ​Artichokes were originally a Jewish specialty in Italy, writes Cucina Ebraica author Joyce Goldstein, but now carciofi alla giudia are considered a Roman specialty as well. Considering that we live less ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012
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    March 14, 2012
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    March 7, 2012
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    August 18, 2011

    San Francisco's Top Five Indian or Pakistani Restaurants

    Courtesy dosasf.comThe paper dosa from Dosa on Valencia.​Before the Tenderloin became the Tandoorloin a decade ago, Indian food in San Francisco was a restrained, almost elegant affair. Linens and goblets, muted sauces, rather doctrinaire menus of tandoori chicken and mixed vegetable sabzi. A wave ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Safeway May Pour Wine, A Haunted Bar, and the Second Nopalito

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Wine tasting at Safeway? Maybe. Haighteration reports there is an "Instructional Tasting" liquor license application pending for the Duboce Triangle Safeway (2020 Market at Dolores). While no one at this ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Fewer Slices of Pie, Cupola Opens Under the Dome, and the TL Sees Pink

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Marie Callender's evokes images of pies rotating in a display case, country cottage decor, and portions that don't skimp on calories. And now, without warning, many of those pie display cases have gone da ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011
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    January 6, 2011

    Off the Grid Returns After Holiday Break

    John BirdsallIt's baaaack.​Almost a week after the ball dropped on New Year's Eve, things are just about back to normal. The tree's no more than a few dry needles lurking in the carpet, photo cards have been recycled, and Off the Grid is poised to return to the streets of San Francisco. OTG's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Change We Can Believe In: Laundromat Thief Takes $250 in Quarters

    Have you seen this coin and 999 others like it? ​There have to be easier ways of making a living than this. Last week, police were called to a laundromat on the 1600 Block of Valencia. The proprietor said a burglar had broken in, pried open the washers' coin boxes, and jangled off with some $250 i ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Recycling Robbery Turns Violent

    Ha! The mother lode.​One man's trash is another man's treasure -- and, over the weekend, one man's recycling became another man's swag.A 36-year-old Hispanic man at the corner of Valencia and Mission found himself at the wrong end of a kitchen knife Saturday night. But the blade-wielding assailant ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010
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    July 26, 2010

    Coppola Winery to Serve Francis's Faves, Ken Ken Ramen to Feed S.F.'s Current Obsession

    ​ ​The past 72 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.Carolyn A. of Eater shares some good news. Francis Ford Coppola's new winery in Geyserville is opening July 30, and along with it, the winery restaurant, named Rustic, Francis's Favorites (300 ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    Zaytoon's Lamb Shawerma

    John BirdsallSlices of rotisserie lamb, broiled tomatoes, onions, and tahini wrapped in lavash ($7.95).​Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Owner of the three-week-old Valencia wrap shop is the scion of the sprawling clan that claims Mission munchy merchants Phat Philly and Urban Burger. Zaytoon works fro ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    A Hard (Working) Man Is Good To Find...

    Spotted at Valencia and 18th Street​ What this sign lacks in style, it makes up for in directness. It's the equivalent of a restaurant called "Good Food." We appreciate the solid approach, and also the impeccable penmanship.

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    February 15, 2010

    Swap for Herbs (and Other Plants) This Sunday in the Mission

    Survival Annex​This Sunday, at the lovably bedraggled park across from The Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia, Survival Annex (the "shop" within that shoppe) is hosting its second plant exchange. This is a swap, so don't expect giveaways or show up with fistfuls of cash to rain down. The idea is to ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Opening Today: Heart, Mission Wine Bar with Kitchenette Small Plates

    Judy ParkerScene from Heart's pre-launch party last Saturday.​Murmurs have been circulating for months, as the broad street-side window at 1270 Valencia (a garage and ― reputedly ― a house of ill repute in prior incarnations) has revealed an ongoing tumult of construction, decoration, and ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    Foodie Confession: The Smells from Aslam's Rasoi on Valencia Finally Got to Us was keeping us away all this time?​We have walked down Valencia a lot over the years and inhaled a variety of good smells curling from the stoves of the strip's eateries, like hissing vats of chile verde and burritos meeting grills for quick sizzles. Between 22nd a ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Dosa v. Udupi Palace: The Epic Battle for South Indian Dominance on Valencia

    Yan M./FlickrDosa's chennai chicken: Smuggle-worthy.​On the painful days following Thanksgiving, we like to recover by enjoying foods bearing little resemblance to those we spooned up on Thursday. Sometimes, with health or digestive relief in mind, we gravitate to raw salads or restorative sou ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Snapshot: Long Live Yuppie Scum!

    ​This slogan was scrawled on the window of not-yet-open restaurant, Grub, on Valencia between 17th and 18th Streets. It's nice to see people getting excited about new businesses. 

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    November 5, 2009

    Cute Foodie Film Alert: Ready, Set, Bag!

    Cheers to Tablehopper for tipping us off to the existence of a foodie film with a trailer that sucked us right in with its blend of combative tension, sheer novelty, and sociological curiosity. Ready, Set, Bag! -- a quest for the championship title at the National Grocer's Association's Best Bagger ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Broke Muni Announces Route Changes: R.I.P. 26 Valencia!

    R.I.P. 26 Valencia. On this Day of the Dead, you will be missed.Soon the beloved 26 will be a relic, just like this '69 GMC fossil​ We waited for you on Valencia for half hours at a time, expectantly stepping out on the street to see if your lights beckoned from afar. As you approac ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Breaking: Suicidal Person Threatening to Jump on 500 Block of Valencia

    View Larger Map A man on the scene has informed us that a suicidal person is threatening to leap off a building on Valencia between 16th and 17th Streets, and the area has been closed off since around 5:45. Police spokeswoman Sergeant Lyn Tomioka confirmed that the 500 block of Valencia -- the "old ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Snapshot: Smelly Cat

    Maybe it's something in the food?​This poster was hanging up inside a pet supply store on Valencia and 18th Street. The 14-year-old boy in me thought this was hilarious. Also, did I just trot out a Friends reference? Oh, yes. Yes I did.

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    July 24, 2009

    Vandals May Think We're A Rag; but the Guardian Is a Crapper

     It's not easy being a newspaper dispenser in the Mission. We were walking down Valencia this week and saw that many of the SF Weekly boxes had been adorned/defaced with graffiti, but this poor, beat-up guy in particular had been turned into: 1. Homeless clot ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Score one for SOMA: Suriya Thai Migrates from the Mission

    Photo by Pengrin, via YelpSuriya Thai steak.Score one for SOMA, and zero for the Mission. Before being evicted earlier this year after nearly two decades of service, Suriya Thai was a Mission standby for authentic Thai food in a calm setting. Knowing Pi Bar (a pizza joint) is on the way in the old V ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    City of Burgers: Thrill of the Grill's Kobe

    Mary Ladd Double the meat, double the delcious.Though some may gripe that this place has all the makings of a restaurant that exists solely to cater to drunks, Thrill of the Grill has more to offer than that. Sure, it's a super casual restaurant that may at first glance seem like a logical me ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Sangria is as Cooling and Variable as the City's Summer Weather

    JonnyGdeCA/FlickrScore a prime example at Ramblas on Valencia.Sangria is as delectable and as open to experiment and interpretation as paella, its great culinary cohort of the Spanish table. This fruity, sparkling concoction is the perfect light-spirited libation for the summer months and is malleab ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    I Heart Street Art: Valencia Trip

     A couple weeks ago I was walking around Valencia, Spain, looking for street art, when I came across an ancient Roman bridge with graffiti all over it.  First it struck me as offensive, like who would dare deface something so old and hallowed?  But then I started thinking about the ep ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    City of Burgers: Urban Burger on Valencia

    The Urban Cowboy: Excessively accesorizedUrban Burger 581 Valencia (at 17th St.), 551-2483. You can practically smell the ambition here, a burger joint open barely two weeks. The concept has all the signs of incipient burger empire, and why not? The owners' extended family can claim Toast in Noe Val ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009
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    January 28, 2009

    Good Coffee in Big Arty Space

    If you're going to spend top dollar for your fancy java, there might as well be some perks thrown in (pun intended). Four Barrel Coffee, open for four months on Valencia in the Mission, boasts a huge room with a lofty ceiling featuring beautiful exposed beams. The vast space is adorned with sculptur ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Holiday Block Parties: Divis. and the Mission

    (Junior Panthers)Holiday block parties are a smart idea. I hit the one in Hayes Valley last weekend, where various galleries and boutiques offered delicious drinks (cider with brandy!) and snacks, as well as discounts for folks doing their holiday shopping. This week there are two block parties com ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

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