Restaurant Review

Ideale

When in North Beach ... head for perfectly creamy risotto alla pescatore and sweets like Nonna used to make

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Beautifull

Whirling world cuisine into quick, healthy noms

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Fondue Cowboy

A brief but distinctive menu of drippy share plates spurs diners to SoMa.

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A Beirut festival

Mazzat's cloves, meat, and pricetag will Lebanese you smiling

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Loco for Locavore

It's a lovely world in which chef Jason Moniz' local cuisine can be not just sustainable, but solidly delicious

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paulr@sfbg.com

DINE In a better world than this one — a world of locavores — there would be no need for a restaurant like Locavore. President Kennedy would have gone to the Berlin Wall and declared, "Ich bein ein locavore!" — and been greeted with applause from the other side. In related news, the dictatorship of the proletariat would have peaceably dissolved itself.Read more »

25 Lusk

Serving artful plates in an environment that encourages diners to loosen the tie

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Charanga

Nuevo Latino cuisine in the Mission that hints at the city's rich past

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Frances

Melissa Perello's restaurant revels in smoky, earthy effects while raising simplicity to high art

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paulr@sfbg.com

DINE What is the difference between Frances, Melissa Perello's wonderful, 15-month-old restaurant in the Castro, and Palencia, whose place it took? The interior design? This seems to have changed little, if at all. Frances' food is different, of course, an expertly sown patchwork quilt of influences and ingredients, whereas Palencia had given a stylish bistro treatment to the underrepresented and, to me, underappreciated foods of the Philippines.Read more »

Limon

This Peruvian hot spot has gone through several changes -- but its dishes remain brightly seasoned and eminently shareable

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Shangri-La

This atmospheric Sunset spot's warm dining room hosts a meat-free menu that free-ranges from mu shu to "goose."

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paulr@sfbg.com

DINE For many of us, the word "kosher" immediately suggests something about meat. As one of the crazy women on Seinfeld once put it, "it's how they kill the pig." Well, not exactly, but maybe we can give partial credit, because while there is no such thing as kosher pork — pigs are strictly off-limits, kosher-wise — the method of slaughter is an important aspect of kosher dietary restrictions.Read more »