I Will Never Not Be in the Mood for a Loaf of Mazzola’s Lard Bread

What: Mazzola Bakery @MazzolaBakery A few blocks of the main Court Street drag of Cobble Hill is a tiny, jam-packed, take-out only, old-school sweet and savory baked goods shop called Mazzola Bakery. There’s a huge variety of baked treats available, but I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever had a single item from Mazzola, but it’s […]

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Is It Sushi? Is It A Burrito? Or Is It Something Else Entirely?

It’s a strange concept. Take a dish that is naturally light, fresh, delicate, and dainty — supersize it — and throw as many crunchy, creamy, fusiony ingredients as you can into it. What do you get? A sushirrito. Even before I had moved to San Francisco, Sushirrito was already near the top of my SF […]

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Feed a Family of Four with a Single Pastrami Sandwich at Harold’s

What: Harold’s NY Deli An old-school NY-style sit-down delicatessen serving monstrous portions of all of the Jewish classics. I’m by no means the first to speak the praised of the place – it’s been written about all over the place including in Saveur, the New York Times, as well as a feature on Man vs. […]

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Unusual Yucatan Specialties from a North Beach Hole-In-The-Wall

What: Panuchos Let’s name all the Mexican dishes you’re used to finding in restaurants. Tacos, burritos, nachos, tortas, quesadillas, flautas, tostadas, etc, etc, etc. I bet we could go on and on and on. But, how about a “panucho”? Ever heard of that? I certainly hadn’t before this meal, but I’ll get more into that […]

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This is Undoubtedly the Best Po’ Boy Shop in all the Land

What: Parkway Bakery and Tavern @ParkwayPoorboys This bar and restaurant is quite old, very famous, and generally regarded as the ultimate place to go for the very best poboys in NOLA. Where: Midcity 538 Hagan Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119 When: This is the kind of place that’s perfect for any time you need a […]

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Burlingame Is Home To The Best Burmese Near SFO

What: Mingalaba A very authentically prepared and reasonable priced Burmese food. Also, super-close (only a twelve-minute drive) from SFO. Where: Downtown Burlingame 1213 Burlingame Ave. Burlingame, CA 94010 When: Elegant and stylish enough for a date night, but also casual enough for a cheap lunch in Burlingame. Also, if you’ve got a layover in SFO […]

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Experience New Orlean’s Quintessential Muffuletta Sandwich

In the city of New Orleans, there are two contenders vying for the enviable title of most iconic sandwich. Sure, the Po’ Boy gets a majority of the attention with its vast variety of fillings and multitude of shops specializing in the dish (which all claim to serve the very best). But, for my money […]

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Mike Winston’s Best Meals of 2015

Yes, I know this year-end list is beyond belated. Actually, I’m probably over a month late. Normally, I’m not one to make these kinds of excuses, but my life has been pretty hectic lately. As you may or may not know, I’m getting married in a couple of months, so my time has recently come […]

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Where to Find a School Bus Slinging Killer Street Tacos in Austin

Can someone please explain to me why Austin is utterly overflowing with ridiculously good breakfast tacos and I can barely find expensive, passable versions anywhere else in the country. I mean, it’s not like San Francisco isn’t loaded with cheap and amazing Mexican joints and they certainly know how to put a great taco together. […]

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Get *All The Likes* With SF’s Most Instagramable Pastries

There was still a full coat of morning dew on every windshield I walked by. The sun had barely risen, but I was already awake, out of bed, and standing in an outdoor line in the cold. As a general rule, I’m never willing or excited to wait in line for really anything, especially in […]

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