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I’m pretty lucky with food options around my neighborhood near my Oakland apartment, and it’s getting better every day.

Clove and Hoof is one of my regular standby for a nice lunch because it’s just a 10-minute walk for me. I can always count on a filling meal from this gourmet butchery and casual restaurant, […]

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The people behind San Francisco’s Two Sisters Bar and Books have re-emerged in Berkeley with a contemporary cafe with touches of Provencal in the new Les Arceaux Cafe and Wine Bar.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the cafe by business partners and longtime friends Mikha Diaz and Alana O’Neal is a casual cafe during […]

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One of the most buzzworthy restaurants that have opened in recent months can be found on the far end of International Boulevard, serving up Vietnamese dishes not typically found along that popular ethnic strip in Oakland.

The Temple Club is a lively, hip spot by Chef Geoffrey Deetz, who spent 16 years living in Vietnam […]

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As an Asian American growing up with a love for Italian food, I’m familiar with mixing some of my Asian flavors with traditional Italian dishes like pasta. I mean, have you seen my recipe for black bean clams pasta?

So I was intrigued when I heard about the relatively new restaurant Pesce […]

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As San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood transforms, some hidden gems of new restaurants are emerging. You just have to know where to find them.

Take Villon. Found inside the boutique Proper Hotel, this two-month-old restaurant can be overshadowed by the reality of the real world outside where the homeless and panhandlers mingle not too far from […]

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The story: Hinodeya is a Japanese ramen bar that started in Hasuda station in Saitama Prefecture and is now headed by fourth-generation Masao Kuribara of Sasala Group. A year ago, Kuribara opened his first U.S. outpost in San Francisco’s Japantown with a ramen restaurant serving up the lighter dashi-based broth.

Why I went: I tried […]

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Copper Spoon will be known as the restaurant that took over Art’s Crab Shak’s location on Broadway in Oakland. In fact, the retro sign for Art’s is still there, and the new owners plan to keep it albeit with new wording, of course.

I have never actually been to the former Art’s Crab Shak, so […]

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I’m not always the tasting menu or hot-new-spot blogger. Sometimes I write about food anywhere I can get it, even when it’s surprisingly at a shopping mall food court.

Let me introduce you to the Japanese chicken burrito ($10) at Kichi Grill in the food court of Westfield San Francisco Centre on Market Street. I […]

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Booze and brunch? I’m so there.

I’ve been meaning to get to the established 15 Romolo in the historic Hotel Basque in North Beach since I’ve read about its Punch Drunk Brunch. On the weekends, this popular bar and restaurant sets the party mood with the focus on a specialty punch and bites inspired by […]

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A new glamorous space arrives in San Francisco’s dining scene in the form of Gibson inside the Hotel Bijou on the edge of the city’s Tenderloin district, bordering the Union Square neighborhood.

It’s a spot with a food pedigree that gives it instant buzz after its official opening earlier this month: 1) Executive Chef Robin […]

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The story: New ramen spots are highly anticipated in the Bay Area, but Marufuku opened under the radar earlier this year. Still, word-of-mouth has created a lot of buzz for the Japantown ramen spot (opened in a former ramen restaurant on the second floor of the Japan Center Mall) and the lines are often long […]

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The story: The popular Belden Place is known for a handful of restaurants in an alley of San Francisco’s Financial District that on a beautiful day harkens to European nights when people ate outdoors in makeshift tables in an alley. Toy Soldier opened last month in the popular tourist spot in the former space of […]

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I’d first heard about Ippudo in Manhattan, where its reputation for delicious Japanese ramen noodles translated into long waits of more than 1.5 hours. Its popularity spawned a Westside location, but lines are still supposedly long for the hakata tonkotsu broth.

I didn’t realize that Ippudo was a major chain from Japan […]

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It was another weekend of checking out a food festival, but this time it was closer to home as I explored and ate my way through Oakland’s Eat Real Festival 2017 at Jack London Square.

The annual food celebration that highlights food trucks often luck out with warm weather, and it hit […]

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