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29 May 2013

Dona Tere’s Market in The Mission: Humble and Delicious

Dona Tere’s Market Dona Tere’s Market has existed on the northeast corner of 21st and Florida for a little over a decade, a respectable age for any restaurant, but it feels ancient and worn beyond its years, like an old bristlecone pine tree bearing silent witness to San Francisco springing

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15 May 2013

Burmese Food at Yamo: Don’t Dillydally

Yamo What is it about Burmese food and long waits? Burma Superstar in the Inner Richmond is legendary for the starving throngs that gather like cicadas at the entrance, killing over an hour in the hope of obtaining a table. Yamo isn’t nearly as popular, but it’s a fifth the size,

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16 Apr 2013

Clement Street Series: Xiao Long Bao’s Dim Sum

Xiao Long Bao’s dumpling factory Strewn along Clement Street, roughly between Avenues Fourth and Tenth, are numerous Dim Sum restaurants, three of which I’ve profiled among the glowing pages of this website as a part of my Clement Street Series.  Wing Lee, Happy Garden, and Good Luck Dim Sum are all stalwarts of that

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05 Apr 2013

24th Street Series: La Palma Mexicatessen

            La Palma Mexicatessen   There isn’t a neighborhood of any city in our union that is completely static, no urban zone where the prevailing skin tone will forever be reminiscent of elephant tusk, obsidian, or mole poblano, or where every household will be able

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29 Mar 2013

You See Sushi

                    You See Sushi Living in S.F, you’re afforded many opportunities to sweat your balls; Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Diamond Heights, Twin Peaks; bike or run up any of these rises and, if you’re not in good enough shape, you’ll find

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19 Mar 2013

An ode to Kate’s Kitchen in the Lower Haight

Kate’s Kitchen What little charm and authenticity left in the Upper Haight is barely peeking its head above the noxious, briny waves of retail commerce, the crowds of shopping tourists fresh from Union Square, and the crusty punks badgering them for money while their slobbering dogs shit all over the

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12 Mar 2013

Saigon Sandwich: Better Late Than Never

Saigon Sandwich Only a few years ago, the Bahn Mi was a much lesser known quantity than it is today.  It’s current ubiquity in S.F is owed to a large extent, I would argue, to Saigon Sandwich.  For all I know there were Vietnamese sandwiches staring me in the face

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