Colleen McCaffrey

8 spots for outdoor dining

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San Francisco and dining al fresco aren't necessarily allies. But they're not exactly enemies. We do have those gorgeous sunny spring days and plenty of places to enjoy them while we drink and dine. If you've been heartbroken over the closed kitchen at Zeitgeist, or if the rooftop deck at Medjool feels more like a frat party gone wrong than an afternoon social gathering, you can rest assured there are even places outside of the Mission that serve food and cocktails outside. So hop on your Yamaha, Bianchi, or Muni and check out some of these fabulous places to catch some sun with your buzz. Read more »

Superlist: One buck shuck

San Francisco restaurants serving one-dollar raw oysters
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Oyster fanatics, rejoice: you can fulfill your fresh-Kumamoto cravings on a canned-tuna budget, thanks to a slough of restaurants in the city that offer an early-evening happy hour of one-dollar oysters. Show up early because the suckers go fast. Read more »

Velvet Cantina

Velvet atmosphere, polyester food
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GOOD SEATS, LAME EATS Our reservation was late, the table was still dirty when we sat down, utensils never showed until after our food, the margarita was more Rita than tequila, and the chile rellenos were not. But the electric sex glow of crimson velvet and soft candle lighting, our cozy round booth, and the vivacious Mission crowd begging for more sour-mix-satiated margaritas all made the Velvet Cantina enduring, if not enjoyable. Read more »

Discounts that do good

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GREEN CITY Coupon books don't tend to be of much use to green-minded consumers or businesses. They're usually just chock full of special offers from fast food restaurants and wasteful chain stores. That's why former credit auditors Anne Fisher Vollen and Sheryl Cohen started the Green Zebra Savings Guide. Read more »