Cooking with Smoke and Direct Fire at Primitivo in the Garden District

What: Primitivo @EatPrimitivo At this NOLA newcomer, our waitress explained that there isn’t really a theme or nationality that guides the menu Primitivo, just a philosophy. That philosophy is to use local, seasonal ingredients and prepare them in some manner that involves their gigantic open-flame hearth. Smoke is the key to nearly every dish they […]

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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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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 Cozy, Neighborhood Cocktail Bar is Perfect at Any Time of Day

What: Two Sister’s Bar and Books @2sistersbar The best cocktail spot in Hayes Valley also just so happens to serve up incredibly delicious bar bites. Where: Hayes Valley 579 Hayes St. San Francisco, CA 94102 When: Perfect for whenever you need a quiet bar and a great cocktail. It’s an ideal date night spot, works […]

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Lord Stanley Brings Super-Restrained Scandinavian Style to Russian Hill

What: Lord Stanley @Lordstanley_SF You can file this one under ‘I just don’t get it.’ Despite the fact that Bauer and most SF reviewers absolutely adore this trendy Nordic date spot, I just can’t seem to understand the effusive outpouring of positivity. Where: Russian Hill / Polk Gulch 2065 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 […]

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Emeril Lagasse Still Has A Few New Exciting Tricks Up His Sleeve

What: NOLA @NOLARestaurant One of three Emeril-owned restaurants in his hometown of New Orleans. The menu is full of Cajun classics, with plenty of unique twists to keep things interesting. Who: A first name is all he needs: Emeril. The dude is a legend and one of the major pioneers in food television. He has […]

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SF’s Perpetual Hot Spot Has Turned Dim Sum on Its Head

What: State Bird Provisions @StateBirdSF This restaurant hardly needs an introduction. One of SF’s hardest tables to land. Theyare famed for the way they embrace the dim sum system to serve creative New-Californian cuisine. Who: The married chef-oweners, Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza, have both earned themselves a James Beard award as Best Chefs: West […]

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Nina Compton is Bringing the Caribbean Heat to Creole Country

I absolutely love how full of super old school places the New Orleans high-end dining scene is. There are tons of these places that remain as popular, famous, and incredible as they were when they opened well over 100 years ago. But, of course, that’s not all that New Orleans has to offer. There are […]

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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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