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  • Bar: Barebottle Brew Co.

    The real estate market is so tight, but who knew San Francisco had tons of huge, vacant properties lying around? When it came time to find a home for their brewery, homebrewer Michael Seitz — and his partners Lester Koga More >>
  • Eat: Tratto

    Maybe it's because the Italian-inflected seafood restaurants at the Wharf sucked up all the oxygen, but it's always struck me as unusual that Union Square has so few Italian restaurants. With very few exceptions — Fino on Post Street comes More >>
  • A Peat Primer: Learning to Appreciate Scotch

    Like all great things in life, Scotch is often misunderstood. An alarming number of casual drinkers actually fear the liquid, assuming it to be a smoky spirit, its flavor akin to licking the working end of a chimney. This unshakable More >>
  • Eat: In Situ

    Just as big-budget disaster movies ratchet up the destruction to a planet-wide scale, kitchen ambition almost has to vault into the stratosphere to stand out. Or it does now that Corey Lee's In Situ is open on the ground floor More >>
  • Bye To Bing

    Unless there are more I don't know about, there is a trifecta of sexually suggestive artworks hanging prominently in three dive bars around town: the lady with her boobs out in High Tide, the guy getting mounted by a lion More >>
  • Eat: Tawla

    There aren't too many islands off of California, and apart from a few marine animals — salmon and oysters, mainly — California cuisine looks away from the coast toward the interior, however artificially verdant and unsustainable that agricultural juggernaut may More >>
  • Bar: Laughing Monk Brewery

    I never know what to make of the specter of medieval monks who brewed beer. It's easy to conjure up images of jolly, self-contained communities of men whistling as they worked or clinking steins at communal tables under a crucifix. More >>
  • Eat: LocoL Time 2

    Note: After running it by some friends whose judgment I trust, this story has been updated to delete a self-deprecating passage that struck some readers as being in poor taste. Errors of clarity fall on the writer, so I apologize: More >>
  • Dunkin' Donuts Is Finally Here!

    After near-infinite teases and whispers, Dunkin' Donuts has returned to Northern California, years after the franchise chain pulled out of the region. True, the newest of the 11,000 Dunkin' Donuts is in Walnut Creek (in a shopping center that's fairly More >>
  • Bar: Drink Your Heroin at The Barbary Coast

    If you set out on a quest to find San Francisco's Barbary Coast, the chances that you'll end up sipping a barrel-aged cocktail beneath a fig tree in North Beach are good, but not great. You're just as likely to More >>

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