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    Back to the Future

    It was the kind of a day, as Raymond Chandler never said, that made the Market Street palm trees seem right at home. The Farallons, San Francisco's age-old visual barometer, could be seen out on the western horizon. The deep-blue late-afternoon air w...

    by Matthew Stafford on October 13, 1999
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    A Walk on the Mild Side

    A terrible thing happened to my friend Michelle a few weeks back. We were having cocktails at a certain high-end hotel and eatery when the bartender served her a somewhat funky glass of wine. A dedicated oenophile, Michelle tasted, sniffed, then had ...

    by Greg Hugunin on October 13, 1999
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    Side Dish - Moondance, Frankly, My Dear ..., Book 'Em, Clever Waiter Tricks, Bells and Whistles, Comings and Goings, and Going Public

    Moondance Pretty much the entire opening crew has vacated Moonshine over on Broadway: The endeavor, moneybagged by New Line Cinema, didn't really get off to a good start. After the upscale Southern soul food palace was body-slammed and rope-a-doped o...

    by Harry Coverte on October 13, 1999
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    For Whom the Dinner Bell Tolls

    You get off the J Church in Noe Valley and walk through the streets that are quiet on a Saturday evening and then you are in the Mission and the streets are no longer quiet. There are motorcars and buses and children flapping their arms while their m...

    by Matthew Stafford on October 6, 1999
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    Side Dish - Cool Light Show, A Votre Sante, Late Harvest in the Valley, Butt Ugly Open and Shut, Go for the Gold, and Ciao

    Cool Light Show, Dude San Francisco has a new buzzword, as reported in Details magazine: "The G-Mobile -- the ambulance used to cart away club-happy dancers who overdose on GHB." A good press day for the city by the bay .... A Votre Sante The Bay...

    by Harry Coverte on October 6, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Harry Denton

    So I was on my way to Harry Denton's house, and who should I see parked in the window of Uncle Vito's Pizzeria at Bush and Powell but the famous San Francisco Brown Twins, Marian and Vivian, who've been eluding my reverse-invitation advances since th...

    by Barry Levine on October 6, 1999
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    A Maki Among Maki

    Like many before me who've migrated to the city of St. Francis, I first hung my hat in the perpetually fogbound Sunset District, that unassuming neighborhood where the parking is ample and unending avenues slope gently toward the Pacific. Ah, those w...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 29, 1999
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    Brighter Than Ever

    Firefly has been a Noe Valley favorite, and a secluded destination restaurant, for quite a while now. Tucked away on a residential stretch of 24th Street, it is distinguishable only by the large firefly perched above its door in lieu of a sign. Th...

    by Paul Adams on September 29, 1999
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    Side Dish - The Cuisinart for You, the Calphalon for Me, Musical Chairs, Shrooming, Debutante Dish, and Down But Not Out

    The Cuisinart for You, the Calphalon for Me As some of you may have already heard from my slightly huffy rival gossipeer (Hi, Hedda!), David Gingrass has been seen shopping, sans wedding ring, for furniture for his newly bachelorized pad. Seems the o...

    by Harry Coverte on September 29, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Entros

    Where have all the board games gone? -- Peter, Paul, & Mary Are you old enough to remember that seemingly interminable chunk of the '80s when Trivial Pursuit temporarily supplanted baseball as our national pastime? It was a period when, every Satu...

    by Barry Levine on September 29, 1999
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    Spicy Sanctuary

    It was a dark and stormy night. If this had been January, that would not have been my, or anyone's, lead sentence. But this was early September, the time when San Franciscans traditionally throw off their summer-long fog and bask in sunshine they wil...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 22, 1999
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    The Roadhouse Less Traveled

    I was walking along Jones Street in the Tenderloin the other day when the former director of a neighborhood advocacy group chased me down to deliver a desperately urgent message: I absolutely had to eat lunch at Stix Roadhouse. Figuring that, if n...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 22, 1999
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    Side Dish - Men Are From Mars, The Kindest Cut, Five-Year Plan, Get the Red Out, and Comings and Goings

    Men Are From Mars Those Mars bartenders are at it again: Andrew Finkelman and Brian Looby have taken over the lease on the Inn Justice on Harriet off Bryant Street. This old dive was a fave hang for off-duty cops, jail wardens, and the top-dog bail b...

    by Harry Coverte on September 22, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Ali Khan Band

    Back in New York, where I'm from -- sort of -- there's a street in the East Village (Sixth Street, to be exact) that is widely referred to as Little India. Both sides of it are lined with traditional Indian restaurants, one after another after an...

    by Barry Levine on September 22, 1999
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    Just Eat It - Ton Kiang

    Tea is both forefather and companion to those tasty little bits of sustenance known as dim sum. For several centuries after the Emperor Shen Nung (apocryphally, but who cares) invented tea by sipping a cup of hot water into which a camellia blossom h...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 15, 1999
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    Low-Key Fresh Mex - Papalote Mexican Grill

    Papalote is a cheap, no-table-service Mexican restaurant in the Mission that breaks the taqueria stereotype. There's no fug of carnitas grease in the air -- you leave smelling as pristine as when you entered -- no shouted orders, and no obscure s...

    by Paul Adams on September 15, 1999
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    Side Dish - Calling In Sick

    Excuse the ice pack and cucumber slices -- Harry just rolled in from last night's party. Harry Denton's on Steuart Street has closed its doors after a long run in the Harbor Court Hotel, and we sent it out in style. But it's unlikely that the Kimpt...

    by Harry Coverte on September 15, 1999
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    Brought to You by the Letter "R" - Swan Oyster Depot

    I had to wait all summer, so almost the very minute I found myself in a month whose name contained the letter "R" (Sept. 2, at the unseemly hour of 10:30 a.m., to be exact) I high-tailed it over to Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco's top temple to bri...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 8, 1999
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    Guiding Light - North Star

    North Star is a newish restaurant in Potrero Hill, created by the owners of Noe Valley's Firefly, and the connection between the two places is evident. The food at both is seasonally influenced, with frequently changing menus; both attract a regular ...

    by Paul Adams on September 8, 1999
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    Side Dish - Bridge and Tunnel

    I guess this old song is already played out, but I've still got my tuba out of its case: I had the misfortune of being out in the Mission on Saturday night (a rare occurrence, as you in the biz know -- a weekend night off!). Well, never again, my f...

    by Harry Coverte on September 8, 1999
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