Food & Drink

FEAST: Home to table

Five restaurants that serve up food grown on their family trees

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culture@sfbg.com

FEAST Even for fans of cutting edge culinary creations, there is something undeniably sublime about a simple homecooked meal. We here at the Guardian want you to know that even though your mom's killer casserole may be miles away, the chance to nosh on quality family recipes is not. Here are five spots in San Francisco where tasty menu offerings have received generations of approval.Read more »

FEAST: Carnitas I have loved

If you name yourself after shredded pork, you better know where to get a good taco

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culture@sfbg.com

FEAST I was raised on carnitas. When other babies gummed pacifiers, I sucked on pork, and loved it. After my teeth came in, I remember taking the three-hour (round trip) drive from my hometown of Ventura, Calif. to my dad's gold standard for carnitas: the Burrito Inn in Hawthorne. Those were so good they were worth braving the 405 for.

You can understand then, how the first time I tasted my very own San Francisco gold-standard carnitas is a tale that I'll oft retell to my future (pork-plumped) children.Read more »

Home for brews

DIY suds culture thrives at Brewlab

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culture@sfbg.com

BEER My cab pulled up to an unassuming house on a quiet street in the Mission. An etched sign on the front porch bearing the words "Brewlab San Francisco" was my first greeting to the space. I entered, and after checking me in, a man in a green vintage Adidas tracksuit handed me a customized Mason jar and said, "Enjoy." It was time for a tasting at Brewlab (www.brewlabsf.com).Read more »

Meat and veg

You can also eat on St. Patrick's Day weekend

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caitlin@sfbg.com

IRISH It's early, even for me, to be in a pub. But cookbook author and Irish chef Larry Doyle requested that I make the trek to meet him at his Taraval and 29th Avenue Parkside Tavern at 9am so we can talk about his kitchens' plans for St. Patrick's Day. Sagely, he begins by proposing Americanos and telling me about latchkey kid dinners from growing up in Dublin.Read more »

Fresh sips

Cocktail, food on the side: What to eat when you're sipping around town

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virginia@bayguardian.com

APPETITE In my endless treks 'round the city for the best partnerships of drink and food, here are a few notable current menu offerings.Read more »

Restaurant Guide*

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La Note and Café Clem

Dorothée Mitrani-Bell, owner and proprietor of both La Note and Café Clem in Berkeley, was born in the South of France and grew up in Paris. Daughter of French gourmet cooks, she is no stranger to fine French cuisine, but wanted to bring the rustic and unpretentious side of things to her clientele. “I sell conviviality,” she says, adding with a laugh: “It’s about people – I want people to be together and sit together…and calm down.”Read more »

Comfort, au courant

Hearty, familiar contemporary fare at new spots Jamber and Company

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virginia@bayguardian.com

APPETITE San Francisco doesn't lack for comfort food. The last decade's wave of twists on hearty, familiar fare has insured most neighborhoods aren't without elevated burgers and grown-up childhood favorites. Two new restaurants, opened in September, continue and update the trend.

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9 bottles (and some cherries) under $20

HOLIDAY GUIDE: A liquor store manager tells the best deals in booze for the house party circuit

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HOLIDAY GUIDE True party pros know how to work the holiday season without going broke. The rest of us needs tips from people in the know — a designation which Amanda Womack definitely falls under. Womack is a store manager at of one of the town's best liquor stores, Cask (17 Third St., SF. (415) 281-6486, www.caskstore.com), and she graciously gave us her top picks for cheap-o merrymaking. The list includes some quality cocktail berries that Womack assures us fly off the shelves this time of year.Read more »

Sea change

Sinking our hooks into new chefs, new waves at Georges and Weird Fish

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virgina@sfbayguardian.com

APPETITE Two unrelated seafood restaurants have quietly undergone chef and menu changes in the last year. I was less than impressed with both when they debuted; now they've taken a turn for the better. There's a low-key Mission seafood outpost with vegan accents, Weird Fish (renamed Dante's Weird Fish), and a Financial District restaurant catering to the FiDi set, Georges, with upscale-casual seafood.Read more »

One fish, two fish

Artful plates and unique tastes at two newly-opened sushi spots

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virginia@sfbg.com

APPETITE Sushi bars proliferate around SF, with two more brand new spots opening on Russian Hill and down in the Mission.Read more »