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Secret Recipe: Huxley's Charred Squid Salad

The 25-seat Tenderloin bistro Huxley, which opened last fall, is the debut effort of Kris Esqueda (Saison, Sons & Daughters) and executive chef Sara Hauman (Bar Agricole). Its rustic, heartfelt menu includes the charred squid salad, full of California staples such as avocado, cilantro, and mint. The simple dish can be tailored to fit any season: Substitute chickpeas with lentils or quinoa for a hearty, cold-weather meal or, Hauman recommends, wait for summer to add sweet tomatoes for the perfect picnic salad.  

Secret Recipe: Haba Haba Hot Sauce

Two of SoMa's best spots for pastrami sandwiches, Deli Board and Rye Project, are home to Adam Mesnick's noted hot sauce, Haba Haba. While packing significant heat, his sauce tastes fresh and bright. And who knows? Maybe Haba Haba will make you think twice before picking up another bottle of Sriracha.

Secret Recipe: Doña Tomás Chiles Rellenos with Cauliflower Sauce

At Oakland’s Doña Tomás, a stylish bastion for upscale Mexican fare (Oakland is ahead of the curve in this category), authentic chiles rellenos steal the show. Inspired by the traditional dish from Mexico City, chef Thomas Schnetz adds a healthy twist by serving the goat cheese-and-spinach-stuffed chiles baked, on a bed of creamy cauliflower sauce, with a drizzle of crema and a bright garnish of pomegranate seeds.

Secret Recipe: Balboa Cafe's Meatballs

Adding to the roster of Meatball Mondays around town, Balboa Café's Chef Craig offers a new gluten-free meatball made with three kinds of meat. Can't wait that long? Make it for yourself at home.

Secret Recipe: Foreign Cinema's Madras Curry Fried Chicken

Foreign Cinema's spiced up take on classic fried chicken is a explosion of taste thanks to a generous rubbing of madras curry paired with a hint of red chili flakes. Serve this dish any time of the day, hot or cold, a la carte or atop a bed of salad.

Secret Recipe: Zazie's Tahitian Style French Toast

Decadently topped with glazed bananas and generously dressed with a rich mixture of bananas, walnuts, and cream, Zazie's French toast should be everyone's go-to comfort food for a lazy Sunday morning. 

Secret Recipe: FIVE Restaurant's Wild Boar Ragu

There's no better way to spend a rainy evening than cozied up with a plate of decadent comfort food. Here to help you forget the wet weather is FIVE Restaurant's exotic and savory wild boar ragu.

Secret Recipe: Camino's Leftover Turkey Kebabs

You could say Camino chef Russ Moore knows his way around a kebab—every Monday night at his Oakland restaurant, he creates three-courses around the skewered stuff. So we asked him how he takes Thanksgiving leftovers to the next level: “I often just roast the breast for Thanksgiving dinner and save the legs for kebabs the next day. If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll make some flatbread to cook on the grill once the kebabs come off.”

Secret Recipe: Rye's Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Cocktail

The best thing after a long day of cooking and feasting? A stiff drink. It’s even better when that drink is made with pumpkin spice syrup. Rye and 15 Romolo founder Jon Gasparini pours the holidays on the rocks with his “Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” cocktail.

Secret Recipe: Ananda Fuara's Almond Avalanche Cake

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts.

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