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    Side Dish - Skye's the Limit, Spinnin' Wheel, Bonjour!, Harry's Helpful Hints (Numbers 510, 650, and 925)

    Skye's the Limit George Karpaty and the boys behind Backbeat, Santa Clara's most popular nightclub (is there more than one?), have opened their brand-spanking-new spacious party room at the old Stage Door Theater at 420 Mason. Dubbed Ruby Skye, the c...

    by Harry Coverte on March 1, 2000
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    Mixed Greens

    You don't usually see come-ons as sleek and downtown as Nasturtium when you're out in the Richmond trolling for draft Guinness and piroshki. After all, its setting is a neighborhood of one-family delicatessens, two-screen movie theaters, and three-st...

    by Matthew Stafford on February 23, 2000
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    Happy B-Day to Me

    I've never much been one for celebrating birthdays, particularly those that are my own. It's not like I have anything against such occasions -- I mean, when someone tells me it's his or her birthday I reply, "Happy birthday!" -- but when my day a...

    by Greg Hugunin on February 23, 2000
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    Side Dish - Fuzion, To All My Friends, Hold the Croutons, Harry's Helpful Hints (Revisited), Buzz of the Week

    Fuzion Marc Valiani, Jody Denton's old partner at LuLu, and Gary Kurtz -- of Moose's and the Washbag -- are hoping to get their new North Beach spot opened by the end of March. The ill-fated Fuzio at 1548 Stockton wasn't the first location they'd...

    by Harry Coverte on February 23, 2000
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Colman Domingo

    Damn, I wanna be famous. I mean, don't you? Of course, not for this dinner thing. No, that would be kind of, well, embarrassing. But more like Adam Duritz says, "I want to be Bob Dylan." Yeah! Or a reasonable facsimile thereof. "We all want to b...

    by Barry Levine on February 23, 2000
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    Down Among the Yuppies

    When I think of Cow Hollow I think of Bepple's Pies, primarily, and of Perry's and the neighborhood surplus of upwardly mobile single white professionals, and of a long-gone cafe on Buchanan where I had honest-to-God Key lime pie 12 long years ago. ...

    by Matthew Stafford on February 16, 2000
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    White Wedding

    Neo, though it hasn't been around for long, has already acquired a bit of a reputation as the restaurant ballsy enough to have chosen an all-white design scheme. On stepping into the restaurant you recall art galleries, ultrahygienic medical theaters...

    by Paul Adams on February 16, 2000
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    Side Dish - Doin' Lunch, Open Wide, In a Pinch, A Spoonful of Sugar

    Doin' Lunch Apologies to my dedicated readers (both of you) for my unannounced absence last week. After a whirlwind round of grand opening parties -- Dine (Mo, the food and service were top-notch), Ana Mandara (a gorgeous remodel; nice corner table...

    by Harry Coverte on February 16, 2000
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    Enter the Dragon - Dol Ho, Hing Lung, Lichee Garden, Oriental Pearl, Pearl City

    Chinatown is the oldest urban area in San Francisco, and like New York's Battery and New Orleans' French Quarter, its touristed excesses can be overlooked for the rich vein of germinative, cobblestoned history that informs it. Back in the pre-Gold Ru...

    by Matthew Stafford on February 9, 2000
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    Hearts Afire - Curbside Too

    Set next to Liverpool Lil's at the quiet edge of the Presidio, Curbside Too -- the California-French Curbside Cafe's full-blooded, Gallic sister -- is what you might call a tiny, undiscovered spot: 10 tables, one waiter, plus some of the most cle...

    by Greg Hugunin on February 9, 2000
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Mom

    T o me they've always been Arnie and Jean. Well, at least since I was about 10 or so, I think. Arnold and Jeanie Levine. In fact, I often took great pleasure in seeing just how appalled their friends could become simply hearing me address my pa...

    by Barry Levine on February 9, 2000
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    Calm Waters - Pacific

    There are several time-honored rules of thumb the restaurantgoer picks up over the course of a gastrointestinal lifetime, warning signs to heed as one plans an evening of wining and dining. Namely: Avoid restaurants with a really great view. Avoid re...

    by Matthew Stafford on February 2, 2000
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    Geometry Problem - Bandol

    It is a bit of a shock to arrive at Bandol for the first time and realize that it's where the old U.S. Restaurant used to be. The space, which was once dark, old-school, family-style North Beach Italian, has become a New Restaurant. Granted, there wa...

    by Paul Adams on February 2, 2000
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    Side Dish - Danko Schn, Pho Free, Hot Seat, Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em, Out of the Hole

    Danko Schn Gary Danko is seeing stars -- five of them, to be exact -- bestowed upon his dining room on North Point by The Mobil Guide. Only 42 such awards (that's a grand total of 210 little pointed sparklers) were handed out nationwide, and the...

    by Harry Coverte on February 2, 2000
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    The Case of the Kind-Hearted Reader - Ristorante Ideale

    As happens from time to time here at bustling SF Weekly headquarters, a series of electronic pulses arrived via Internet bearing testimonial to a superlative dining experience. (In other words, a reader sent an e-mail, suggesting a restaurant.) "Sand...

    by Greg Hugunin on January 26, 2000
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    Prize Prix Fixe - Lalime's

    If you think about it from the right perspective, the California Lottery is a wonderful and inspiring thing. For a simple investment of the occasional dollar bill it allows you to fantasize away those moribund moments aboard the 38 Geary, to plan in ...

    by Matthew Stafford on January 26, 2000
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    Side Dish - This Space for Rent, Trellised, Detour, Don't Fear the Beeper

    This Space for Rent Just thought I'd mention that -- restaurant boom be damned -- there are still any number of ready-to-wear dining spots sitting empty. Mail is piling up under the doors and dust is gathering atop the upturned chairs at Dame, Al...

    by Harry Coverte on January 26, 2000
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - James Cromwell

    James Cromwell turns 60 tomorrow, Jan. 27, 2000. After 40 very successful years in show business, the longtime character-actor-turned-Oscar-nominee has suddenly found himself with a whole new kind of career. Ever since the Academy recognized Cro...

    by Barry Levine on January 26, 2000
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    Hot Hits of the 1990s - 42 Degrees

    In all the fuss over the end of the century (century, hell! millennium), the '90s have gone largely unanalyzed. This seems unfair, given the sensational nature of the past 10 years: not just O.J. and Monica but Newt Gingrich and Mark McGwire, Bosnia ...

    by Matthew Stafford on January 19, 2000
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    Pho Star - Vi's Vietnamese Cuisine

    The rumor that members of the kitchen staff from Chez Panisse eat at Vi's in their off hours remains, alas, just a rumor. Calls to Chez Panisse and its employees were answered with demurrals, and inquiries by other means, including but not limited to...

    by Paul Adams on January 19, 2000
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