Food and Drink

Salty and sweet

Ten vegan junk food dishes you should be noshing on this summer

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

VEGAN DISH Sure, vegan junk food has been visited in the past, but restaurants and changing menus come and go in this town. New fake meats, cheap sweets, and truffle-drenched treats are beefing up our veg options all the time.

And remarkably, there are still some casual diners out there unaware of the veg takeover — or at least, uninformed of the fact that you can find great tastes and high junk food art without dairy or meat:

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Warm-ups

What better way to recover from our chilly summer days than a hot cocktail? 

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culture@sfbg.com

COCKTAIL HOUR Yes, the rest of the country is sipping piña coladas and pink lemonade margaritas, while we shiver and pour whiskey into our hot tea. No problem: this is a primo time to ditch the sickly sweet and explore some solid bellywarmers in the cocktail category.

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Put a lid on it

TABLEHOPPING: New places where you can play with your food, plus PIE!

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CHOW NOW

There are some new spots around town offering you the opportunity to stuff your face and play something game-y or sporty at the same time. Oh, delicious multitasking.Read more »

Phone home

COCKTAIL HOUR: New bar the Willows will make you want to call your mom

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culture@sfbg.com

COCKTAIL HOUR I'm not sure whether it was completely unintended, but after my night at new SoMa gastropub the Willows, one thing was clear: I need to call my mother.Read more »

The dish on knish

TABLEHOPPING: Beer at Mikkeller Bar, wine at St. Vincent, coffee at Cafe St. Jorge -- how's that for a liquid diet plan. Plus: elegant knishes? They're real.

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Peeps for keeps

TABLEHOPPING A cute little birdie has landed in the Upper Haight, the Tacolicious empire expands, and our local café scene keeps on percolating.

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Can you believe the Upper Haight — practically a food desert — has a new option for vittles that looks downright promising? Freshly open on Haight Street is the rather darling Sparrow (1640 Haight, SF; sparrowbarandkitchen.com)Read more »

'A' for effort?

Don't judge new bar Novela by its gorgeous cover

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COCKTAILS Novela, the new literary-themed lounge in SoMa, is undoubtedly beautiful: plenty of window light pours in during the evening, highlighting tall black shelves packed full of color-coordinated books. The space, a collaboration between acclaimed bar stars Alex Smith and Kate Bolton, is littered with huge, cozy reading chairs as well as low comfy couches.

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Moving on

Tablehopping: tracking La Movida's moves, finding the wind (and much more) in The Willows, and tipping you to tartare bliss

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Tablehopping

Crème brûlée, chicken and waffles, barbacoa, and deluxe fried rice — all in a week's work.

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Campos: "Tamale Lady will not go down!" Options proposed

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She's been slinging her steamy goodness to famished drunkards out of a trash bag in a cooler strapped to a wagon for years with no problem (other than some grumbles about a recent, tiny price hike). But it looks like the the health department -- or threat of the health department -- may have finally caught up with the beloved Tamale Lady, aka Virginia Ramos.

Today, SF's Internet melted with news that she had been asked to not sell her tamales at Zeitgeist. That bar posted a message to its Facebook:

We are sad to announce that the Tamale Lady may no longer sell her tamales at Zeitgeist. This is forced on us by SF city codes and regulations.

The SF Department of Public Health has been making efforts recently to reign in unlicensed food vendors, which may have sparked the Zeitgeist reaction -- although the origins of the Zeitgeist decision remain hazy.

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