Mission

May 17, 2013
There are now plenty of businesses in San Francisco that call themselves an izakaya—and here’s one of the latest to join the fray, Izakaya Roku. It’s a relatively tiny joint on a stretch of Market between the Castro, the edge...
Corner businesses are an American tradition: corner stores, corner restaurants, corner cafés. A bit off the beaten path in the Mission is Local’s Corner, which looks like it’s been there for years, but it was actually a corner deli before....
The South may have the Lee Bros., but here in SF, we have our own Lee brothers—three of ‘em (Dennis, Dan, and David). I have been a dedicated fan of their own particular version of Cal-Korean (and Japanese) food and...
Soul. It’s one of the most treasured qualities to see (and feel) in a restaurant, and sadly it’s also one of the most elusive. It’s a feeling that sneaks up on you—you don’t walk into a place, plunk down, and...
So I’m riding my bike down Valencia Street around 5:15pm, and wow, look at that line of people snaking down the street. Everyone is far too snazzily dressed for it to be a soup kitchen queue. As I get closer,...
Review is for delivery only. It surprises me that more Vietnamese places around town don’t deliver (come on Larkin Street, get it together). And I am especially surprised that one of the very few Vietnamese places that does deliver is...
I heart lunch. One spot that has me wanting to make up excuses to have a lunch meeting is Local Mission Eatery over on 24th Street in the Mission. First-time restaurant owner Yaron Milgrom has partnered with chef Jake Des...
Whenever I’d venture up to Napa, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to go to Oxbow Public Market, stocking up on spices from the Whole Spice Company, charcuterie from Fatted Calf, and of course stuffing my face with a porchetta sandwich...
Excuse me, what? My eyes are tearing up so much that I can’t hear you. No, I don’t know why that is happening. All I know is I can’t get enough of the tingling sensations I get every time I...
I like old things. Textured wood floors with a 100-year-plus patina. Wallpaper. Charlie Parker. And aged wines. (Quite.) These are just a few details that hail from another decade on the list of charms Heirloom Café has to offer. This...
Some of you long-time readers may feel like the intro to this review is a little familiar… Truth be told, it starts exactly the way I wrote it back in 2008, because I still feel the exact same way about...
What would I consider a fine quality in a restaurant? Well, for starters, chicken skin on the menu is most certainly an eye-catching item. Oh, and what I’d call “chef chicken wings,” juicy and meaty numbers sporting a crispy and...
Almost anyone who lives in San Francisco has an opinion on Café Gratitude, and when I heard their vegan-organic-Mexican offshoot, Gracias Madre, was opening on Mission Street, I think my brain had already selected flash cards that went something like...
The Southern-inspired cooking from the "Gypsy Kitchen" duo of Ryan Ostler and Katharine Zacher is homey, hearty, and made by people who know what's up. On the menu: some of my favorite pulled pork and Buffalo wings in SF, meaty pork ribs, a dark chicken and sausage gumbo, and don't forget to order the cheesy spicy grits on the side. Stellar baked items, like the biscuits and bacon palmiers, plus other special dessert-y surprises.
This is such a sick and wrong chef burger. I could only eat half in one sitting, and I still felt really terrible about myself. Anthony Myint (of Mission Street Food) and Danny Bowien have created a fully fat-loaded burger:...
Do you eat your pizza with a fork and knife? Then you're gonna have a problem at ~PHAT PHILLY~, because you're about to eat one of the messiest, drippy, meaty sandwiches I've encountered since I had an Oki Dog in...
When I was approached by the San Francisco Bike Coalition to come up with an auction item for their annual Winterfest fundraiser event, I was like, right on, let's do a progressive tablehopper dinner! I wanted to start somewhere for...
I'm calling this one a lazy review because it's almost a no-brainer. Before pizza mayhem swept the Bay Area (tracking right along with wine bar and now frozen yogurt mania, yet again), ~PAULINE'S PIZZA~ has been holding it down in...
Can it really be that ~PIZZERIA DELFINA~ is already three years old? While I like to imagine every San Franciscan has tried the scrumptious pizza margherita here at least once, one of the city's better deals for $11.50, I know...
Suds are HOT. People are embracing beer right now like it's vodka circa 2001. But no, we're in 2008, and the West Coast has caught Belgian fever, or at least a gastropub gastrointestinal bug. Beer and bites joints are popping...
One night I was watching Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, one of my absolutely favorite shows right now, and their episode on South India had me grinning from ear to ear. The colors, the food, the families, the stories--just mind-blowing....
Last week's weather was so ridiculous. Freaking cold. I was rocking a babushka/homeless look at home with fingerless gloves and my blanket wrapped around my shoulders, and was ready to light a trashcan on fire in my apartment for warmth,...
Some locals have said it took a lot of chutzpah (or as the Italians would say it, "palle") to move into the Mission and open a big sprawling Italian restaurant mere blocks away from the long-standing beloved, Delfina. The unique...
Oh boy, have I found the best date restaurant. You can call and thank me later when you're knocked up. ~LOLO~ in the Mission is totally your new secret weapon. And who would have thunk a Latin-Turkish fusion restaurant was...
~ANDALU~ has been holding down the corner of 16th and Guerrero for some time, but they have never offered brunch, until recently. It's funny, because the space is quite well suited for brunch--there's nice light and hello, full bar. I...
Oooooh, I think I have found the perfect place where you can meet up for a "getting to know you" first date/blind date (everyone's favorite occasion--not!) or perhaps a coquettish pie date (my friend told me her first date with...
Eggs for breakfast, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: fried and deglazed in balsamic ($10), poached with grilled duck breast and shiitakes ($12), whipped in a Champagne omelette with crème fraîche and Fontina ($12)… Sigh. Swoon....
I can often be found riding my bike, Peach One, around town. (And no, it's not a fixie.) Granted, I also adore my car (Peach2), especially when I'm sporting some sassy high heels for the evening, or when picking up...
Like, you talkin' to me? Oh, so you got a hankering for some chicken? You want some frickin' chicken? FINE, you can have your frickin' chicken! All you have to do is get a membership at Costco for their obscenely...
Weird Fish is a little space, and I've only done a little visit, so expect a little update to this little write-up in the near future.Walking into this tiny restaurant made me feel like I stumbled onto a set for...
~REGALITO ROSICERIA~ is trying to win the sweetest branding award: the design of the site is totally puppy-style "awwww, so cute!," the menu is clean and pleasing to read, and even the exterior of the building is chipper. It all...
Some people swear by the brunches at the ~PHOENIX BAR & IRISH GATHERING HOUSE~, or come here to watch whatever game is on (eek, well, in my book, sorry) over some pints with the boys. Reportedly, their shepherd's pie is...
A couple weeks ago I reported a new vegetarian Japanese place was opening on Valencia Street, ~CHA-YA~. Well, it's open. And it's so brightly lit you literally can't miss it. I think there must some lab rooms at Genentech studying...
When your wallet is hurting (post-tax time, post-Christmas, post-bookie, post-divorce) and your stomach is being a demanding brat, follow the bouncing ball to ~BALOMPIÉ~. The soccer ball, that is. (You'll see it as the "o" in the restaurant's name.) Wander...
I think by now all of the local papers have written up ~DOSA~. A pile of hipsters has already eaten there, three times over. Not like DOSA needs any more buzz, but since I keep getting questions about what I...