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A signature dish is both a benefit and a handicap for a chef. On one hand, a well-known menu item provides word-of-mouth and gives customers who fall in love with… More >>
On Bush Street near Union Square, Aliment serves comfort food that bends towards upscale gastropub fare, like divers scallops and hangar steak. Brunch is a serious affair, with short-rib hash… More >>
It's 1 a.m. on Saturday. You stumble bleary-eyed out of the Mission's Elbo Room, seriously questioning your decisions of the previous five hours. As you contemplate whether that fourth gimlet… More >>
I'm waiting at Holy Water, in Bernal Heights, to see if one of the most brilliant men I know will show up. He usually doesn't.
The term "holy water" usually refers… More >>
Archive Bar & Kitchen: SOMA has another watering hole, this one without a liquor license but with cocktails made with vermouths, beers, and liqueurs, and a menu of pizza and… More >>
Local grains are so hot right now. At least that was the premise of my cover story last week on the rise of artisanal flour (yes, it's a thing; no,… More >>
If you're not yet the kind to spike your coffee, winter is a good time to start. Whiskey in the cuppa joe is a good way of warming the bones,… More >>
Xi An Gourmet, on Geary at Second Avenue, is a real find, an un-Americanized restaurant specializing in Sha'anxi food, the garlicky and noodle-heavy cuisine from a rugged province of western… More >>
I was never a boozer until I went to Europe. Back in my college days, America still thought of itself as a Budweiser nation: The microbrew revolution was just beginning… More >>
Ala Romana: The former Rue Saint Jacques space has gotten an Italian enoteca face-lift as chef David Taylor, formerly of A16, leads the kitchen with dishes like wood-fired artichokes, nettle… More >>