Food and Drink

A toast

TABLEHOPPING: A standing ovation for Tosca's renovation, beer and terrines at Taps, stuffed Japanese sandwiches at Pan Grill.

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Wingin' It

TABLEHOPPING Pastrami waffles, Exile on Main Street, and some darn good chicken flippers

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Hot and corny

New openings for two classic SF standbys, ravioli to die for, and a bad-ass brunch-o-rama.

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Pop the lid

TABLEHOPPING Oakland eats and ramen burgers (uh huh). And hey, it's time for an oyster partay.

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Ham and cheese, please

TABLEHOPPING: Venetian seafood in the Castro, a boatful of brunch burgers, and all-you-can-eat jambalaya.

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Hop to it

Tablehopping: Release the sandwiches! And salads! And whoa, an all-you-can-eat Mexican breakfast.

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Can't-miss treats at the upcoming SF Street Food Fest

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The smells of deliciousness were overwhelming. Where do we start?!

As Sam Love and I wandered around the La Cocina media preview for August 17's San Francisco Street Food Festival, everywhere we looked there were delightful taste treats, colorful, fresh and also deep fried. I'll take four of each, thank you.

We made the rounds, chatting with fantastic chefs who are living their dreams, whipping up flavors from around the world. We tried everything and, while we enjoyed it all, becoming clean plate champions many times over, there were three highlights that made our short list. If you don't have the stomach to make it to all the vendors at the Street Food Festival, we'd recommend trying these first:

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Get fresh

TABLEHOPPING: Take a bite out of summer with hot restaurant openings, a plethora of brand new patios, and some delicious things to look forward to  

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culture@sfbg.com

TABLEHOPPING Ahhh, the much-maligned San Francisco "summer," the 62-degree, socked-deeply-in-the-fog days we love to hate on — but secretly cherish when the rest of the country is melting in 98-degree temps with sauna-like levels of humidity. But we are a hardy bunch. We proudly don our scarves with a flourish as we sit on patios drinking pitchers of beer, our stripy sweaters like badges of honor as we attend windy picnics in the park, eating corn on the cob (that was grown somewhere warm, definitely not here) while wearing fingerless gloves.Read more »

Salty and sweet

Ten vegan junk food dishes you should be noshing on this summer

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

VEGAN DISH Sure, vegan junk food has been visited in the past, but restaurants and changing menus come and go in this town. New fake meats, cheap sweets, and truffle-drenched treats are beefing up our veg options all the time.

And remarkably, there are still some casual diners out there unaware of the veg takeover — or at least, uninformed of the fact that you can find great tastes and high junk food art without dairy or meat:

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Warm-ups

What better way to recover from our chilly summer days than a hot cocktail? 

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culture@sfbg.com

COCKTAIL HOUR Yes, the rest of the country is sipping piña coladas and pink lemonade margaritas, while we shiver and pour whiskey into our hot tea. No problem: this is a primo time to ditch the sickly sweet and explore some solid bellywarmers in the cocktail category.

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