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Our 50 favorite San Francisco bars — all on one page!

February 26, 2013
From splashy dives to upscale classics (and everything in between) — our favorite spots to grab a drink This week's cover story in the...

The G50: San Francisco’s top bars

From splashy dives to upscale classics (and everything in between) — our favorite spots to grab a drink

Fresh sips

Cocktail, food on the side: What to eat when you're sipping around town

Latin highs

A new chef livens up beloved Italian tradition Oliveto, and sexy Gitane intensifies its regional Spanish focus

Can Yan noodle?

Martin Yan's M.Y. China and the upscale Hakkasan add to the Chinese scene


Spiced ribs and dreamy Natchez: the Mission BBQ makes a tasty comeback

A shot of warmth

New cocktail and bite combinations to light up winter nights

Appetite: New year sips

January 16, 2013
Ringing in the new year is all about celebratory imbibing, but the sometimes dreary days of January likewise call for a cheering pour. It’s...

Banchan, ramen, and squid innards

Intriguing Asian hotspots Muguboka, Ramen Shop, and Roku arouse the senses

Appetite: Jumping at Trick Dog

January 9, 2013
The Bon Vivants (Josh Harris, Scott Baird, Jason Henton) need little introduction in the drink world, from humanitarian work with their Pig & Punch...

Island breezy

Tasting Jamaican at Back A Yard and Miss Ollie's

Appetite: 12 reasons to love Nevada City and Grass Valley

January 2, 2013
Imagine if the Wild West collided with a European village. There might be winding, narrow streets through neighboring towns, plotting through pine trees. Old...


The new restaurant from Tony's Pizza Napoletana serves pizza and Italian treats you can't refuse

We go together

Appetite: Ringing in 2013 with notable new pairings

Appetite: More tantalizing sweet spots

December 26, 2012
Last week, I indulged my sweet side with a romp through several notable new candy stores and dessert offerings -- here are several more...

Sweet tooth

Appetite: Miso sesame rice crispies, chocolate-dipped peanut butter cupcakes, eggnog latte frozen custard, and more new sweets on the scene

Dishing 2012

Appetite: 2012's top new restaurants brought surprise tastes, culinary depth

Appetite: 10 best spirits launched in 2012

December 11, 2012
Each year holds a range of interesting spirits released from around the globe. As the craft spirit industry continues to explode, there were many...

Comfort, au courant

Hearty, familiar contemporary fare at new spots Jamber and Company


West Portal's delicious, midrange, homestyle Greek secret is out

Appetite: Learning from the best, eating like royalty at Flavor! Napa

November 21, 2012
All photos by Virginia MillerFlavor! Napa is a five-day food and wine festival that took place last weekend in its second annual incarnation, potentially...

Sea change

Sinking our hooks into new chefs, new waves at Georges and Weird Fish

Sweet rollin’

The Bay's best new (and classic) bagels and doughnuts

If on a winter’s night …

Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson and Coi's Daniel Patterson cook up a spectacular rustic feast