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By SFS Staff (Jan 05, 2004)
As Valentine's Day approaches, we turn our attention away from who's playing where, and toward the emotionality behind the music. Taking the upcoming day into account, three brave writers have revealed their personal lists of songs that work between the sheets and others that are perfect for breaking up to. More »
Butterfly features a creative menu set to the sounds of local jazz
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
So you’ve got well-to-do friends visiting from out of town for one night, and they’re expectant. They not only want to sample the fine cuisine that this city has to offer, but they also want to take the pulse of the city’s burgeoning nightlife. Where to take them? Look no further than the swank, new Butterfly, a Mission Street establishment that’s equal parts jazz club and tapas bar... More »
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
It's a rare and beautiful thing to find a dining destination that's as well suited to a romantic dinner for two as it is to group giggles with a small posse of good buddies. Côté Sud is one such place. More »
Dueling Senses
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
Like pampered stars, each dish unabashedly flaunts its plumage. The "Shi-itake Mushroom Dumplings" ($9) make for a difficult act to follow, laid as they are in a sauce pleasantly undecipherable between sweet and an "other" still difficult to label. Vying for the limelight is the extensive wine list (running pages long and regions wide) that alone ranks EOS as a destination spot. More »
Fina Estampa's Peruvian Cuisine
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
Though largely eluding the city's foodie radar, Fina Estampa has dished up generous - yes, huge - portions of central coast Peruvian cuisine for thirteen years. Huge portions because it continues to be family-run, Peruvian because that is from where the owner and head of the family had immigrated, central coast because like many Japanese-Peruvians, the Shinsato clan hails from that region. The regional influence is not lost on the menu, carrying an extensive seafood selection and idiosyncratically Japanese-Peruvian traces of ginger and soy sauce. More »
Find a Real Slice in North Beach
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
Where to find the city’s best pizza? In an Italian neighborhood of course. North Beach’s Golden Boy Pizza serves it Sicilian style, by the square slice, accompanied by ... a fork and knife? You guessed it, these guys take their pizza seriously, and maybe that’s the secret to their success. Golden Boy won’t make deliveries to the office, nor do they sell whole pies to go. Rather, patrons must pay pilgrimage to this dive locale--on Green St. at Jasper Alley--to get their little taste of heaven. More »
Subtle Italian in the Mission Dolores
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
As with most Italian joints, the menu is heavy on complex carbs and garlic. The meal starts with a basket of warm bread accompanied by a delicious pesto spread. The seafood appetizer, with succulent chunks of fish, oysters and garlic croutons in a spicy marinara sauce, is highly recommended. The carpacccio di manzo, paper-thin slices of raw beef, comes drizzled with a subtle olive oil and lemon dressing. More »
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
Indigo, if my memory of seventh grade science class serves me, is that elusive color in the spectrum half way between its neighboring colors, the standard classic blue and regal violet. Indigo, the restaurant, opened a few months ago on McAllister Street near San Francisco's Opera Plaza and serves an inspired mixture of past and present, East and West, familiarity and surprise -- it's as elusive as the hue its title suggests. More »
Isa brightens the Marina dining scene
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
Past a purple velvet curtain, diners are elbow to elbow in the white glow of suspended halogens. The claustrophobic among us can thread their way through the front room, past the open kitchen where chef Luke Sung is busy on the burners, and head for the less romantic, though comparably airy backyard patio. In either space, Isa exudes that brand of cool particular to the Marina: affluent, spare, elegant, a boutique bistro full of beautiful people who look fresh from the gym, in-love, ready to make babies. It's a yuppie vibe, of course, but don't get snobby. Yuppies know how to eat. More »
By SFS Staff (Dec 21, 2004)
The first signs of Jade are the two absinthe-green lights above the bar's entrance on Gough Street. Thankfully, all associations with absinthe's lurid, little devil vanish upon entering this bar and lounge, open since early 2003 and already a favorite Hayes Valley haunt. Jade evokes an aquatic, Asian, orchid garden. The sound and view of busy Gough Street are blocked by a three-story waterfall that collects in a reflecting pool on the first floor of the bar. Small, glittery tiles covering the walls and mirrors behind the bar make the space seem larger. But do not be fooled. More »
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