Food & Drink

L'chaim!

TABLEHOPPING: Two new little cafés that will rock your world, a special Hanukkah dinner, and killer "Black Friday" pastrami

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Sabrosito

TABLEHOPPINGTwo Mexican restaurants to get you fired up, and the sub shop of your dreams

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CHOW NOW

If you're a fan of the incredible birria on the weekends at Gallardo's (3248 18th St, SF. 415-436-9387), you'll be happy to know you can go for the goat at the Mexican restaurant's new location (in the former Chava's), which is still in La Mission. You can also join the line for the weekend menudo, and warm up with some pozole during the week. Welcome back, Gallardo's!Read more »

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Ordering heritage turkeys with Bill Niman

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Triple play

TABLEHOPPING: Three new restaurant openings light up the fall. Plus: where to score green bean casserole (you know you want it) and char siu pork spring rolls.

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Best of the Bay 2013: BEST NEW GOLD RUSH

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Friends, we have eaten gold leaf. That's what they're serving these days at the new digs of the most lauded restaurant in SF, Saison: a voluptuous dish of sea urchin over grilled root custard in a handmade Japanese ceramic bowl, topped with a generous skin of melted gold. (Let's settle one question right away: no, our toilet wasn't gilded the next morning. Nor did we use the leaf to fake a grill.) It's part of the $248 tasting menu, $396 with insane wine pairing, at this two-star Michelin hotspot. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST WORLD SOUND BITES

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Watch live flamenco and Arabian fusion music while you dance with a side of papas bravas and plantains. Take in the All-Star Latin Band on weekly Cuban and world music nights while munching Andean fresh corn tamales and yuca frita with cashew cream. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST LATE NIGHT HOT POCKETS

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Spurn the crowds across the street at ever-popular Taqueria Cancun's Bernal-side outpost. You, a seasoned Missionite, have had your fill of what one of our dear ones likes to call "the Mexican death log." Burrito fiend you are not — which is why in your wisdom your tummy's late night call has led you to a late-night Salvadorean restaurant, sounding thusly: "pupusa..." They're no baby-sized gut bomb, the pupusas at El Zocalo. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST POT LUCK

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An invention that seems perfect for the busy-yet-locavore-obsessed Bay Area (though test markets are popping up in Brooklyn, New Orleans, and LA) sustainable ready-to-eat delivery service Good Eggs seems to have it all. But for our money — and yes, it's not exactly cheap — there is one among Eggs' many intriguing, locally produced offerings that intrigues the most: caterer Max Pouvreau's Petit Pot. Did you know that everything tastes better in a Weck jar? Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST POW WOW PUNK CHEF

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You may see Rocky Yazzie at the best live venues around town doing one of two things. Either he's rocking coveralls and slinging authentic Native American fry bread, or banging it out with his self-described "pow wow punk" band, Sweat Lodge. Either way, you'll be glad to have stumbled into his special Rocky bubble. A few words on his Rocky's Fry Bread snacks, perhaps the better known of the two projects. Read more »

Best of the Bay 2013: BEST NOLA WEST

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Appropriately, the Chapel opened last year with a string of concerts by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a group named for its origin point at NOLA's Preservation Hall jazz venue. That's the spot Valencia Street's new place for music worship (officially known as Preservation Hall West at the Chapel) is modeled after, and endlessly inspired by, be it in in the form of design, live music, or eats. Read more »