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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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    Side Dish - Maharani, Delfina, Belon, and Ben Ulrich

    Dal, Naan, and Thee With all the millions of ducats investors are sinking into new restaurant projects and remodels, I wanted to draw your attention to one of my old favorites for over-the-top dcor and darn good grubbin'. I was introduced to this pa...

    by Harry Coverte on January 19, 2000
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    Around the World in 1,000 Years - LuLu

    As we enter what is grandiloquently called the third millennium (a designation more or less ignored by three-quarters of the Earth's populace, but what the hell), a question arises: What exactly have the past thousand years added up to, anyway? Do...

    by Matthew Stafford on January 12, 2000
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    La Vida Nueva - Che Bar y Restaurante

    The first time I visited Che was by accident. A friend had promised some of the city's finest sangria at Third Street's Vinga, but when we arrived, we discovered that Vinga was no more, and Che had risen to take its place. On the menu: Nuevo Latino, ...

    by Greg Hugunin on January 12, 2000
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    Side Dish - Dud, Sunburn, Bar Hopping II, Hot Diggity

    Dud All right, enough already. So we all survived the big ppffft that was the San Francisco New Year's Eve. The night was less eventful than a normal busy Friday evening in August; a few restaurants had to handwrite tickets and the usual stiffs stiff...

    by Harry Coverte on January 12, 2000
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - A Kid in the Hall

    Like any sensible, self-respecting Californian, I decided to cautiously usher in year 2000 from the sober vantage point of my backyard bomb shelter. Nah, actually I was in Times Square. Well, not right in the middle of it, but I saw the crowds ...

    by Barry Levine on January 12, 2000
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    The Doctor Is In - Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

    According to one legend currently circulating at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, it all began as follows: Many centuries ago, a storm swept over the plains of western Mexico, and a thin finger of lightning bridged the gap between heaven and earth, touchi...

    by Greg Hugunin on January 5, 2000
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    The Sun Also Rises - Le Soleil

    Le Soleil has become a Richmond standby. The spot is strategically located at the easternmost end of Clement's mighty chain of Asian restaurant delights, and so probably draws a number of customers from newcomers to the neighborhood who've strolled t...

    by Paul Adams on January 5, 2000
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    Side Dish - Extra Helpings, Thanks for the Memories, Over and Out

    Extra Helpings Wow! Just when you thought the San Francisco restaurant community could stretch no further, along came 1999. With a focus on high-end four-star contenders (and wallet-breakers) and more-bang-for-your-buck comfort food outlets, the numb...

    by Harry Coverte on December 29, 1999
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    The Man Who Came to Dinner - Dolores Street Community Services

    Around this time last year, the holiday spirit sent me combing the city in search of some charitable twist on the old "Dinner Man" theme. The result was a somewhat frustrating but ultimately rewarding day of volunteering at a local food kitchen. The ...

    by Barry Levine on December 29, 1999
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    Location, Location, Location - Zax

    I lived for two years in an apartment at the corner of Jackson and Taylor, right next door (incidentally) to Jack Lemmon's apartment building in Days of Wine and Roses and two blocks north of Steve McQueen's digs in Bullitt. The intersection is one o...

    by Matthew Stafford on December 29, 1999
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