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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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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Dr. Frank from the Mr. T Experience

    Help me out. I'm trying to decide: When I win the lottery, should I continue to write this column, or not? I mean, you always hear about those ... what do you call 'em? Oh yeah -- idiots -- who take in $27 million but continue showing up at their...

    by Barry Levine on September 8, 1999
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    Dinner in the Diner - Universal Cafe

    The Universal Cafe is even further removed in style and substance from the original model; so far, in fact, it's of an entirely new genre altogether. It began life as an inexpensive yet upscale pizza-focaccia joint, so its roots are more of the Medit...

    by Matthew Stafford on September 1, 1999
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    2,000 Millimeters Under the Sea - Forbes Island

    I had a feeling my girlfriend and I were in for something more than your average dinner when, after I called Forbes Island to make a reservation, the man who answered told me to look not for a restaurant, but for the gray courtesy phone near the Blue...

    by Greg Hugunin on September 1, 1999
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    Side Dish - Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Going Up, Spare Tire, Shake It Up, and Star-ing

    Teaching Mrs. Tingle One of the most important outside issues to local restaurateurs is where their patrons are going to park. The dozen or so dining rooms on Russian Hill, anchored by La Folie, have always relied heavily on the nearby Sherman Schoo...

    by Harry Coverte on September 1, 1999
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    Leftovers - Our Mutual Funds

    Dear Mr. Adams, Thank you for your inquiry about our mutual funds. We have a number of exciting opportunities accommodating a range of financial strategies. Incorporated in 1974, our firm was one of the first to trade in restaurant securities. We a...

    by Paul Adams on September 1, 1999
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    Shanghai Express

    Maybe it's inevitable after writing about movies and food on a concurrent basis for a decade or so, but most of the restaurants I've been to lately remind me of a film I've seen five or six times, or one I really ought to see but haven't gotten ar...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 25, 1999
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    Summer Vacation

    The great Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that traveling is a fool's paradise; that no matter where a person journeys in search of intoxicating beauty, he finds the same sad self from which he fled. Me -- well, I haven't had a vacation since Nove...

    by Greg Hugunin on August 25, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Devil-ettes

    God is a woman. Everyone knows that. Who else could make a plum? A hummingbird? Or Ally McBeal? Who, but a woman, could be responsible for shy little girls hiding behind their fathers' legs? Or the taste of tears running down a cheek? Not to me...

    by Barry Levine on August 25, 1999
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    Side Dish - Rub-a-Dub, Battle Figs, Party of Two, One Bite, and Snap, Crackle, Pop

    Rub-a-Dub All right, so now that it's been open awhile and the hype has cooled a little, let's revisit this year's grandest opening: the W and her little sister, xyz restaurant and bar. The restaurant is blessed with a great proprietor, Gail Defarra...

    by Harry Coverte on August 25, 1999
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    Golden Oldie

    Sam's Grill & Seafood Restaurant 374 Bush (between Kearny and Montgomery), GArfield 1-0594. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking: difficult. Muni: 2, 3, 4, 15, 30, 45, 76. Noise level: lively. If you want to get really gene...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 18, 1999
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    Eat

    Oopzies 2 Previously, I reported on the anatomy of an unsweetened deal vis-a-vis the Eatzies project at 1000 Van Ness. The problem is tied up in court now, but the Eatzies attorney did give me his take on the situation. It seems as though the Eat...

    by Harry Coverte on August 18, 1999
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    Carlo Still Cooks

    When I was a kid growing up in the Western Addition, my entire knowledge of Italian cuisine derived from an ancient Shirley Temple opus that showed up on television with the frequency of Stiller & Meara and the Cartwright boys. In this classic, Shirl...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 18, 1999
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    Rock Star or Celebrity Chef: That Is the Question - Perhaps you are considering a career as a rock star or a celebrity chef. Or perhaps you encounter one or the other in daily life but have difficulty telling which is which. Here are a few quick pointers for distinguishing the two.

    Rock Star Celebrity Chef Body type Skinny Fat Pants Tight leather Baggy houndstooth Standard equipment Stratocaster; Wood-fired stove mandolin; Marshall stack ...

    by Paul Adams on August 18, 1999
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    Cool World

    xyz 181 Third St. (at Howard), 817-7836. Open daily: breakfast 6:30 to10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Parking: manageable ($10 valet parking available after 6 p.m.). Muni: 12, 15, 30, 45, 76. Noise level: live...

    by Matthew Stafford on August 11, 1999
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    Chic Simple Noodles

    Pomelo is a delight: A neighborhood restaurant worth traveling to, it offers simple, high-quality international food for almost no money. The restaurant is very small, with walls the color of lemongrass. About half the seating is at the counter,...

    by Paul Adams on August 11, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    If the unfortunate events that marred the recent Woodstock '99 festival have any expiatory value, it is perhaps to highlight and remind us of the ideals and intentions of its namesake. The original Woodstock, for all its faults and excesses, at least...

    by Barry Levine on August 11, 1999
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    Side Dish

    I Coulda Been a Contenda Now that chef Bruce Hill is back from a jaunt to the Orient, there's been yet another shake-up at the Waterfront. Chef de cuisine Jon Nelson has been shown the door and sous-chef Mark Schoenfield has stepped up to bat. Br...

    by Harry Coverte on August 11, 1999
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    Good for What Ales You

    The Liberties 998 Guerrero (at 22nd Street), 282-6789. Open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily. Reservations: not a bad idea, but not vital. Parking: moderately difficult. Muni: 14, 26, 48, 49, J, and BART (24th Street Station). Noise level: loudish. ...

    by Paul Adams on August 4, 1999
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