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Seeing is Believing
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 27, 2008)
I’m not sure if it was my mild claustrophobia or the prospect of soiling the sequined evening gown I foolishly chose to don that evening, but I was feeling more than a little apprehensive as I walked down the narrow staircase into the Crimson Lounge, which doffs its red cape every Thursday through Saturday night and becomes Opaque “Dining in the Dark". It’s a dining experience like no other that may indicate a sea change in the epicurean raison d’etre -- it also requires a dollop of courage and maybe a few extra napkins.
Burma Superstar’s Sibling Shines
By sarah sung (Oct 31, 2008)
Opened in 2007 just down the street from its sibling restaurant, the ever-popular Burma Superstar, B Star Bar brings a more casual, contemporary sensibility in both food and design to Clement Street. This is the place to go when you’re looking for a good, low-key meal and a friendly atmosphere to catch up with a few friends.
Photo credit: Jennifer Yin
Less hippie, more hip
By Michelle Chan (Aug 22, 2008)
After months of renovations, Magnolia, the 10-year old pub and brewery in the Upper Haight, re-opened in summer 2008 with a dramatic facelift and brand-new menu. The new Magnolia is vintage hip, with antique-looking fixtures, a communal table, a reclaimed wood bar, and even faux water stains.
Defining the “Drink Kitchen”
By genevieve robertson (Jul 11, 2008)
Tablespoon has undergone a change of identity. The sleek, minimalist dining destination has been reinvented — with a bit more edge — into what’s been dubbed a “drink kitchen.” Bar Johnny is a place to stop in for handcrafted cocktails and simple, munchable comfort food executed with flair.
Cold Craft Beer at New Mission Hot Spot
By Michelle Sieling (Jun 20, 2008)
Opened in December 2007, The Monk’s Kettle replaces a string of mediocre restaurant ventures at the (some would say cursed) corner of 16th and Albion. Despite a few missteps by staff and kitchen, its mid- to high-end "craft beer and wine tavern" concept is flourishing; with only eight tables and limited seating at the bar, the restaurant fills up quickly, with quite a wait at the door.
Photo credit: Ana Homonnay
No Invitation Required
By genevieve robertson (Apr 25, 2008)
Everyone loves the idea of a “neighborhood” restaurant -- that little gem just down the street where you can almost always snag a table and run into someone you know. In San Francisco, or in any city for that matter, the concept seems to mostly be just that: a concept. In the case of Bar Jules however, chef/owner Jessica Boncutter seems to have created a true neighborhood spot.
Down Under Dining Spices Up the City
By Gloria Tai (Apr 04, 2008)
One might wonder what defines New Zealand or Australian cuisine if one had never been to either place. But when I heard South was opening, with its “down under" concept, I began reminiscing about my visits to these beautiful and bountiful destinations for food and wine. I dreamt of barramundi (a delicious white fish that balances delicate flavor with meatiness), local produce, and lots of lamb and beef -- with an Asian undercurrent -- paired with delicious native wines that have quickly gained status in recent years.
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