Fall Feast 2009

Our seasonal guide to the Bay's best food and drink
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Photo by Pat Mazzera

Man (and woman) cannot live on PBR and pasta alone. I should know. I spent the whole summer trying. But now that my leftover Burning Man groceries are gone and the weather's getting colder, I can't help but crave real food again. And what better time and place is there to be really, really hungry for a substantial meal made with fresh ingredients than right now in San Francisco? Despite the struggling economy, innovative restaurants keep popping up — and the old classics are offering better deals. Plus, the changing culinary landscape has led to all kinds of fun, cheap, gourmet alternatives like pop-ups, lunch carts, and temporary restaurants-within-a-restaurant. This edition of FEAST, our drinking and dining magazine, focuses on what we love about the Bay Area's food scene, from innovative locales to cross-cultural alternatives, from wintery suppers to summery desserts (after all, how cold does it ever really get here?), and from new restaurants to a niche bookstore that only a foodie-city like San Francisco could support. Whether you're ready to start your Thanksgiving feasting early or are simply transitioning out of your warm-weather diet (or budget), we're sure you'll find something in the coming pages to satisfy your cravings. Unless, that is, you're looking for PBR and pasta. You'll have to take care of that one on your own — or wait 'til next summer. (Molly Freedenberg)


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