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    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    Sometimes I don't want dinner. Not even a free dinner. OK, I always do. But sometimes I'd like my free dinner served in my very own house, curled up in front of the cathode rays watching CNN, MSNBC, or Felicity. That's how I felt after a...

    by Barry Levine on February 17, 1999
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    Dessert First

    It's worth making a reservation, driving to the Richmond, and spending half an hour parking, just for Clementine's dessert. Assuming, of course, that good dessert is a priority for you. If not, it's not necessary for you to go to Clementine, or even ...

    by Paul Adams on February 17, 1999
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    Side Dish

    Paint Swatches & Carpet Samples Ian Schrager has just gotten the go-ahead for a major remodel on downtown's Clift Hotel. The former Studio 54 czar added the site to his growing portfolio -- which includes New York's Royalton and L.A.'s Mondrian -...

    by Harry Coverte on February 17, 1999
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    My Heart Belongs to Zazie

    Zazie 941 Cole (between Carl and Parnassus), 564-5332. Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; for dinner Monday through Thursday 6 to 9:30 p.m., Friday to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 5:...

    by Naomi Wise on February 17, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    Everyone has a deep dark secret. Don't they? Something they wish they could talk about but just can't. For me, well ... it's back hair. I know, I know: Some women like it. Right, and some women like bald heads, big stomachs, and small pe...

    by Barry Levine on February 10, 1999
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    The Winner's Circle

    Best steak: Harris' rib-eye ($25) Best roast beef: Izzy's prime rib ($19) Best creamed spinach: Izzy's Best non-potato starch: Tie -- Alfred's soft polenta, House of Prime Rib Yorkshire pudding Best Caesar salad: Alfred's Best ma...

    by Naomi Wise on February 10, 1999
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    Want to Do It Yourself?

    San Francisco's only ready sources of dry-aged prime beef are Bryant's Meats in Laurel Village (3473 California at Locust, 752-3430) and Harris' Restaurant, which has a small retail meat counter open during restaurant hours. Two supermarkets feature ...

    by Naomi Wise on February 10, 1999
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    How We Slice It

    Alfred's Atmosphere: Warm & Italian Beef Cuts: Mesquite-grilled Choice-grade chateaubriand tenderloin, filget mignon, bone-in NY, rib, T-bone, Porterhouse (up to 60oz.) Beef Prices: $18-51.50 What Else Ya Got?: Pasta, shrimp saute, o...

    by Naomi Wise on February 10, 1999
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    Side Dish

    Let Them Eat Cake Elizabeth Faulkner and the Citizen Cake crew are packing up their silos of sugar and heading uptown, closer to their constituency. The former pastry chef of Masa's and Rubicon and her coffee-roasting partner had a falling out --...

    by Harry Coverte on February 10, 1999
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    Quest for Prime

    Alfred's Steak House 659 Merchant (at Kearny), 551-1590. Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; dinner served nightly 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: valet $6, or use Portsmouth Square city garag...

    by Naomi Wise on February 10, 1999
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    Side Dish

    Low Tide and Small Swells I've been hearing a lot of rumblings from the Waterfront through the past year. First there were the contractors' liens against the restaurant -- and City Hall involvement because the place is built on city land. Then th...

    by Harry Coverte on February 3, 1999
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    Oodles of Flavors

    Oodles 900 Bush (at Taylor), 928-1888. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday to 10:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Reservations recommended. Full bar. Parking: valet $7, street parking hopeless. Muni: buses 2...

    by Naomi Wise on February 3, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    "Southern cookin' and home-style lovin' " read the subject window of a recent incoming e-mail. This, I thought, is my kind of message. The sender turned out to be a woman known to AOL's Digital City denizens as Ask Ms. Ann (aka Jessica Leigh...

    by Barry Levine on February 3, 1999
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    Institutionalized

    The Zuni Cafe is an institution: The Mediterranean-influenced restaurant has been around for 20 years and it's still a hip place, with lines out the door much of the time. How does this culinary landmark do it? The main answer is simple: con...

    by Dianne Jacob on February 3, 1999
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    Brotherly Love

    Zare on Sacramento 568 Sacramento (at Montgomery), 291-9145. Open for lunch weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Reservations advised. Parking:...

    by Naomi Wise on January 27, 1999
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    Industry: One Haute Sauce

    Until around five years ago, every time we came back from Mexico we would stuff a dozen or so baseball-sized cans of Herdez chipotle chiles into our suitcase and smuggle them to our home pantry. The peppers gave a smooth, fiery finish to sandwiches, ...

    by Matt Smith on January 27, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    "Kill the bunny." -- Vince Vaughn, in Swingers What the hell is hip? What's trendy, in, retro, mod, kickin', bitchin', sweet, dope, or rad? And what -- in the name of all that was once simply known as "cool" -- is "The Bomb"? I don't know....

    by Barry Levine on January 27, 1999
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    Zodiac Arrest

    The Zodiac Club is a fine place to be if you're not looking to eat. It has lavish otherworldly decor -- designed by the team behind Backflip and the Red Room -- loud beat-driven music, tasty cocktails both specialty and traditional, and personable, c...

    by Paul Adams on January 27, 1999
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    Side Dish

    Feeling Dizzy Vertigo owner Nancy Mootz almost choked on her canape when casual cocktail-party conversation turned to the departure of her chef. Apparently, Mootzie was caught unawares when Lynn Sheehan, recently imported from Mecca, packed off f...

    by Harry Coverte on January 27, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner

    I'm 31. Thirty-one years, one month, and 27 days at the time of this printing, to be exact. So that's about a year and change since I crossed over into the dreaded black hole that many consider bona fide adulthood. In their new book Facing 30, c...

    by Barry Levine on January 20, 1999
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Kin Khao: Upscale Thai Tries to Sort Out Its Identity on Your Tongue Kin Khao: Upscale Thai Tries to Sort Out Its Identity on Your Tongue

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The Galley: Next-Level Dive Bar Grub The Galley: Next-Level Dive Bar Grub

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Marla Bakery: A Breakfast Sandwich Worth Waking Up For Marla Bakery: A Breakfast Sandwich Worth Waking Up For

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