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Cheap Date: Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Slice House

Some people have it in their blood,” says Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach. “Other people are just making pizza.” Suffice it to say, Gemignani—who resembles a pizzaiolo sent straight from Central Casting—considers himself in the former category. His pizza career spans nearly two decades (he and his brother own Pyzano’s in Castro Valley). He’s won the World Pizza Cup in Naples (slaying his Italian competitors) and he can toss dough with the best of them. At the year-and-a-half-old San Francisco flagship restaurant, he serves pizza in all its permutations—thick Sicilian, thin-crusted Romana (sold by the meter), classic American, classic Italian, and a very special margherita, of which he makes 73 a day.

Paul's Picks: 5 Sommeliers That Kick Ass

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter@pauleinbund.

San Francisco is lucky in that we have such an amazing dining community.  On any given night, sommeliers will be gathering at one of many of our great restaurants, tasting wine and sharing bottles.  

What NY Restaurants Can Teach You About SF

As you might know, I was in NYC last week on an eating binge. My hit list:'s Bourbon Grand Tasting @ Bourbon & Branch Will Get You In the Spirit Of Fall

Bourbon may be just the thing you need to get into the spirit of fall. Join at Tenderloin speakeasy Bourbon & Branch this Sunday, October 17th from 6 - 9 pm for a celebration of all things bourbon, where you will drink and learn about America's native spirit.

The entire place will be yours to taste over ten of the best varieties in the world, like Basil Hayden's, Bulleit, Elijah Craig, Maker's 46, as well as creative bourbon cocktails and gourmet snacks!

Grab tickets here.

First Bite: Commonwealth

Let's face it: for the last year, San Francisco's dining scene has been all but crushed under an avalanche of pizza, sandwiches and burgers. Only in the last several months have we begun to dig our way free. Commonwealth is helping.

Mission Pie's 4th Annual Pie Contest

Autumn is the perfect time for pies -- eating them, baking them, even throwing them. If you're of the baking (and eating) persuasion, try your hand at Mission Pie's 4th Annual Pie Contest this Sunday, October 17th.

You have until tomorrow (October 15th) to register the type of pie you're going to bring on game-day. But better make it good, this is judgement day in front of some serious heavyweights of pie-dom.

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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Show Dogs' Anniversary Bash: Show Dogs, the mid-Market sausage and beer palace from the Foreign Cinema folks, turns one year old this Friday. To celebrate, the restaurant is throwing an anniversary party. Your $20 ticket buys unlimited access to beers from Speakeasy, North Coast, 21st Amendment, and Anderson Valley, plus samplings of new menu items like fried chicken, pulled pork, and ribs. They'll also have a live guitarist. (Friday, October 15, 6-8 pm, at Show Dogs, 1020 Market St., Mid-Market.)

Locked & Loaded: Q&A with Blue Bottle's James Freeman on Pending Dolores Park Location

When San Francisco's Rec & Park approved a Blue Bottle coffee cart (or more properly, a trailer) it set off howls of protest in the Mission district. Opponents have questioned what kind of impact it will have on existing businesses and nearby roasters. There have been angry meetings, and even angrier blog comments. We spoke to Blue Bottle founder and co-owner James Freeman to find out what all the ruckus was about. 

Eat It: Jacques' and Showdogs Celebrate, We Get Wild

Jacques Pepin Turns 75

The inimitable Jacques Pepin, master chef and KQED booster, is turning 75. In honor of the occasion, Waterbar is preparing a special birthday party on October 14, and party-goers can expect baked oysters, truffled grilled cheese sandwiches, foie gras torchon and much more. Should you have a chance face-to-face with the chef, we suggest discussing his hobby, pétanque. Tickets are $125; to purchase, call 415-392-4400 or visit's Favorite Books for Cocktail Lovers

Earlier this year, we did a roundup of the top 5 items for any respectable apartment bar.  Now, the folks  at are adding to that list with a roundup of books by their favorite writers and bartenders. Cocktail lovers, add these to your bookshelves. 

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