Paul Reidinger

Curry Boyzz

Castro with two zz's: Curry Boyzz may not up the gayborhood's culinary profile, but its "Indian-Pak" offerings at least lend some much-needed flavor

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DINE If no good deed goes unpunished, then it must follow, by some inexorable law, that no rule goes unbroken — not even my cherished guidance that oft-flipped restaurant spaces in this city tend to end up as Japanese places. Sometimes spaces go in another direction — like toward the Asian subcontinent. Early in the year, Curry Boyzz opened on a second-floor space, across 18th Street from DeLano's Market, that for a number of years had been the home of Côte Sud, a credible French restaurant, and before that a Cuban spot.Read more »

Prospect

The highly polished restaurant's sleek location calls to mind the (retro) future, but its exquisite dishes are firmly rooted in present trends

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DINE At last, a restaurant name we can believe in. That would be Prospect, Nancy Oakes' new venture on the ground floor of a glassy residential tower that would probably seem like home sweet home to the Jetsons.Read more »

Hunan Chef

Don't let the cold exterior scare you off: Hunan Chef's inviting dishes will warm you up inside

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Brisas de Acapulco

A Mission spot that rocks, summoning kitchen folk wisdom in hefty dishes

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Cigar Bar and Grill

Smoke 'em if you got 'em? Cigar Bar provides surprisingly tasty classics and a patio for lighting up

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Pera

A "Mediterranean affair" that leans toward Turkey and incorporates some exotic ingredients

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DINE If books and movies can have subtitles, then why not restaurants? A subtitle is like a bit of extra seasoning, a way of emphasizing certain meanings, and this is particularly important at a time when restaurant names can seem increasingly whimsical or obscure.Read more »

Osteria Stellina

Consider the oyster pizza: This Point Reyes Station spot entices with intriguing combinations in a nautical atmosphere

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La Briciola

Reinvigorating Italian tradition in SoMa (by way of Tuscany and Piemonte) with dishes old and new

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DINE Seven years ago — I long to say, "four score and seven years ago" but that would be stretching a point — I considered an Italian restaurant, Vino e Cucina, on a SoMa stretch of Third Street notable for its grit. After dark, in the shadows of the crumbling viaduct carrying traffic to and from the Bay Bridge, you could easily imagine yourself being inside one of Tim Burton's Batman movies, and to step into Vino e Cucina was to find refuge.Read more »

Heirloom Cafe

A Mission addition whose cooking is as elegant and understated as its interior design

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DINE The Gospel According to Matthew offers no restaurant commentary I'm aware of, but it does remind us that "you will know them by their fruits" — the King James Version of the holy book gives us the fruitier "ye shall know them by their fruits" — especially (to make a slight inference) heirloom fruits. Or restaurants. If you want to know what a neighborhood is like and how it might be changing, you look at the restaurants.Read more »

Ironside

Score! Ironside hits a homerun near AT&T park, with a handsome interior and American dishes

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DINE When the Giants opened their new baseball stadium on China Basin 10 years ago, an improvement in ballpark food was immediately noted. You could have ahi tuna while watching Barry Bonds, and this was — at least for some, at least for a time — an ethereal combination. The ballpark even had a fancy restaurant attached, Acme Chophouse, but the shift in food culture rippled beyond the stadium proper into the surrounding blocks, which were rapidly becoming residential.Read more »