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Urchin Bistrot: The Mission’s Most Happening French Restaurant

Urchin Bistrot: The Mission’s Most Happening French Restaurant

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Local celebrity restaurant duo Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have just opened Urchin Bistrot, an impressive French restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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Townie: Berkeley’s New Neighborhood Hangout

Townie: Berkeley’s New Neighborhood Hangout

| August 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Is it a bar or is it a restaurant? Townie, Berkeley’s newest neighborhood drink-and-dine, is off to a stellar start on both counts.

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Your Waiter Wants You To Put Down Your Phone

Your Waiter Wants You To Put Down Your Phone

| August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

All the things customers do on phones — texting, tweeting, taking pictures, fussing with Wi-Fi passwords — slows down the process of being seated, ordering and paying the bill. And it’s annoying.

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Doing Barbecue and Business Right at The Brick Pig’s House in Oakland

Doing Barbecue and Business Right at The Brick Pig’s House in Oakland

| August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Carolyn and her husband of 43 years, Barry Alexander, the co-owner and manager of Brick Pig’s, have been offering up their love and singular Southern-style BBQ to the Oakland community and surrounding Bay Area since they opened their doors in 2006.

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No More Reservations: Exclusive Restaurants Require Tickets Instead

No More Reservations: Exclusive Restaurants Require Tickets Instead

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

High-end restaurants featuring rock star chefs are starting to turn to tickets to stem the tide of no-shows. In the future, going out to eat could become a lot like going to a sold-out concert.

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

| July 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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Jalisco Heaven: Two Mexican Restaurants Off the Beaten Boulevard in East Oakland

Jalisco Heaven: Two Mexican Restaurants Off the Beaten Boulevard in East Oakland

| July 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland, an alternative to International Boulevard’s restaurant row, is home to two of the Bay Area’s top spots for Jalisco-style food.

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Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry

Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Keller has done pretty well running a restaurant called The French Laundry, but how many clothes has he cleaned? We’ll find out on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.

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Is Dorm Food the Bay Area’s Best Dining-Out Deal?

Is Dorm Food the Bay Area’s Best Dining-Out Deal?

| July 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

University dining facilities have come a long way since those old mystery-meat days. Increasingly organic, seasonal, local and otherwise sustainable, dining halls at UC Berkeley, Stanford and other schools are some of the best buffet-style eating-out bargains in this era of the $12 hamburger.

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A Guide to the Best Sandwiches in the Bay Area

A Guide to the Best Sandwiches in the Bay Area

| June 30, 2014 | 52 Comments

Here are some of our favorite sandwiches in the Bay Area. Share your favorites in the comments and we’ll add them to the list.

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15 Top-Notch Spots to Drink Beer Outdoors in the East Bay

15 Top-Notch Spots to Drink Beer Outdoors in the East Bay

| June 27, 2014 | 5 Comments

What’s better than beer? Beer that’s enjoyed outdoors — whether in the summer sun or with warm evening breezes. Here’s a guide to popular beer gardens, breweries and bars with outdoor seating in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and San Leandro.

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5 Bites: Korean Food On Temescal’s ‘Kimchi Row’

5 Bites: Korean Food On Temescal’s ‘Kimchi Row’

| June 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Luka’s Taproom, King of Falafel, La Costanera

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Luka’s Taproom, King of Falafel, La Costanera

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reviewed: Oakland Creole pub food in Uptown Oakland, Mediterranean cuisine in San Francisco, Contemporary Peruvian cuisine in Montara.

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More Beer is Brewing in Berkeley: Westbrae Biergarten and Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge are Now Open

More Beer is Brewing in Berkeley: Westbrae Biergarten and Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge are Now Open

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

More options for beer lovers in Berkeley have recently popped up as Westbrae Biergarten and Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge are now open for business.

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