Food & Drink

"V" for victory

TABLEHOPPING: New openings brought to you by the letter "V" — plus nifty North Beach spots for lunch and Sunday dinner.

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Here we are, barely wiping the holiday cookie crumbs from our mouths, and there are already a slew of new places open to tempt us away from our green smoothies. Nice try, there, you little resolution-maker you.Read more »

Wrap it up

A look back at the new restaurants, bars, and bites of 2013

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TABLEHOPPING How was your New Year's Eve? Did you tell 2013 to not let the door hit it on the ass on its way out, or who knows, maybe 2013 was oh-so-good to you? Hopefully the latter. One thing I do know is deadlines were a little wonky over the holiday, and yours truly started early on the Champagne (oops), so my end-of-the-year recap is running in the paper a wee bit late.Read more »

Wrap it up

A look back at the new restaurants, bars, and bites of 2013.

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TABLEHOPPING I’m writing this end-of-year recap while looking at thousands of pictures of food from 2012 (oh, I see, that’s how I got these love handles). New Year’s Eve is just four days away, but my tidal wave of sparkles and bubbles is starting early at a party I’m hosting with Louis Roederer Champagne at Marianne’s, the private room at one of this year’s new hotspots, The Cavalier. Yes, it’s Champagne o’clock, and look at that, my watch is running fast. There’s a lot to toast this year! Read more »

Mole and mezcal

Sabrosa serves up sophisticated Mexican dishes and drinks

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FOOD Roughly a month after Sabrosa opened its tinted doors to flocks of the rarer type of Marina patron — one hungry for trend-pushing, flavor-forward cuisine — word got out that the plates outshine the cocktails at this upscale Mexican restaurant and bar.Read more »

Italian Job

TABLEHOPPING: Snag prosciutto and wine at La Nebbia, catch New York–style pizza on Divis, and dive into a Feast of the Seven Fishes.

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Who doesn't like lasagna? Exactly. It's one of many reasons I'm excited to head over to the new La Nebbia (1781 Church, SF. www.lanebbia.com) in Noe Valley. The name means "fog" in Italian, something we know too damn well here.Read more »

Carb your enthusiasm

Pop-up Mattarello rolls out authentic, handmade pastas

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On a bright November afternoon, I ducked into Biondivino, a tiny but tremendously well-stocked Italian wine shop in Russian Hill, to meet John Pauley and Anna Li of Mattarello — an artisanal, handmade pasta pop-up.Read more »

Mexican dude

TABLEHOPPING: Alta CA takes us higher, Comstock Saloon rocks some changes, and two new brunches light up those late, late mornings.

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Go east

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The 510 is blowing up with new openings. Plus: how to get dinner delivered in SF for $12.

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L'chaim!

TABLEHOPPING: Two new little cafés that will rock your world, a special Hanukkah dinner, and killer "Black Friday" pastrami

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Sabrosito

TABLEHOPPINGTwo Mexican restaurants to get you fired up, and the sub shop of your dreams

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If you're a fan of the incredible birria on the weekends at Gallardo's (3248 18th St, SF. 415-436-9387), you'll be happy to know you can go for the goat at the Mexican restaurant's new location (in the former Chava's), which is still in La Mission. You can also join the line for the weekend menudo, and warm up with some pozole during the week. Welcome back, Gallardo's!Read more »