Restaurant Review

Put a lid on it

TABLEHOPPING: New places where you can play with your food, plus PIE!

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There are some new spots around town offering you the opportunity to stuff your face and play something game-y or sporty at the same time. Oh, delicious multitasking.Read more »

Phone home

COCKTAIL HOUR: New bar the Willows will make you want to call your mom

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COCKTAIL HOUR I'm not sure whether it was completely unintended, but after my night at new SoMa gastropub the Willows, one thing was clear: I need to call my mother.Read more »

Peeps for keeps

TABLEHOPPING A cute little birdie has landed in the Upper Haight, the Tacolicious empire expands, and our local café scene keeps on percolating.

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Can you believe the Upper Haight — practically a food desert — has a new option for vittles that looks downright promising? Freshly open on Haight Street is the rather darling Sparrow (1640 Haight, SF; sparrowbarandkitchen.com)Read more »

'A' for effort?

Don't judge new bar Novela by its gorgeous cover

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COCKTAILS Novela, the new literary-themed lounge in SoMa, is undoubtedly beautiful: plenty of window light pours in during the evening, highlighting tall black shelves packed full of color-coordinated books. The space, a collaboration between acclaimed bar stars Alex Smith and Kate Bolton, is littered with huge, cozy reading chairs as well as low comfy couches.

But my friend and I just somehow felt out of place.Read more »

Foggy holiday

A memorable barcrawl to Blarney Stone, Trick Dog, and Blackbird

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Gang's all here

The Blob digs into Sydney Town Tavern, Juice Shop, Shorty Goldstein's, Walzwerk

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Kronnerburger

Downing Stranger Juice in the dark -- and biting into solid, juicy burgers at this Mission hotspot

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Mean Greens

Veg-tacular dishes and drinks at Cupola, Orbit Room, Market and Rye

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Coquettish

Michael Chiarello's new Coqueta seduces with Spanish flavors, intimate setting

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DINING When you name your restaurant Coqueta, Spanish for "flirt," you're really putting it all out there in terms of your food and atmosphere — playful yet unwavering, open but with a hint of mystery, and definitely attentive. After visiting Coqueta during its opening week, I'm confident celebrity chef Michael Chiarello's new venture will score.Read more »

Spring breakers

Warm weather + fresh and fruitful cocktails = an all-day drinking extravaganza

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DRINK San Francisco: the best bars, mixologists, and produce — not to mention drinkers — in the country. And once the weather warms up (fingers crossed), can a bloom of excellent fruity cocktails be far behind? In honor of the lengthening sunlight, here's a full day's selection of spring drinks picks.

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