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Brandade Is on the Up-and-Up on SF Menus

Brandade from Foreign Cinema by Foodspotting user lazypanda00

The Provençal dish brandade, a mixture of salt cod and potatoes, whipped with milk, olive oil, and garlic, has been around for centuries as a cheap and modest meal.

DIY: The City's Best Bloody Mary Bars

Bloody Mary from Pork Store Cafe

A self-proclaimed Bloody Mary connoisseur, I often find myself underwhelmed by the bland, tomatoey options I find at local dive bars.  Maybe I’m spoiled, maybe I’m just picky, but on those bleak mornings, only the perfectly balanced Bloody will do.

The Ocean on Your Plate: Sardines and Anchovies

Eating fresh anchovies or whole sardines along the coast of Italy with a glass of Prosecco is a singular experience. That is, until I moved to San Francisco and realized that the salty, ocean flavor of these small, oily fish are a quintessential flavor of the Bay as well. For brunch or dinner, salty fish complements almost any meal. I’ve rounded up the restaurants that are serving the best plates of anchovies and sardines in town. A bonus? They’re good for you!

Our Favorite Empanadas in SF

Chile Lindo Beef Empanada by Foodspotting user sffoodie

Ideal handheld street foods tends to envelop meat, cheese, or veggies inside some sort of casing (think tacos, pupusas, samosas, or dumplings). With the rise of portable food in SF, it’s no wonder empanadas found their place in the food trucks and storefronts along our streets.

First Bite: American Bao Bar

Hot steamed buns from American Bao Bar

In the past year, exotic street foods ranging from Indian kebabs to Chinese dumplings to Middle East shawarma have worked its way onto the menus of casual and fine-dining restaurants on both coasts. Combine that phenomenon with the surge of pop-ups that have taken over San Francisco, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

Our Favorite Irish Coffees in San Francisco

The famed Buena Vista Irish Coffee, by Aaron and Jeena on Foodspotting

The Irish Coffee: Good first thing in the morning, after a day spent outside in the cold, or even cuddled up in bed. I’ve lived in Ireland and been to countless pubs, but I can tell you that no one is more enthusiastic or well-versed in Irish Coffee than San Franciscans.

Smoky Sips: Where to Find the City’s Best Mezcal Drinks

Cocktails at West of Pecos

When have you ever turned down a cold margarita on a warm afternoon or a round of tequila shots? We all know tequila's a classic, but the agave plant birthed more than just Don Julio. Enter mezcal, tequila’s smoky, sinewy, mysterious grandfather–lately, it's had bartenders and savvy drinkers alike talking.

First Bite: Yonsei Ramen Shop at Hopscotch

Pork Chashu Ramen

Ever get that all-too-common, late-night craving for a hot bowl of ramen?  Maybe you’ve been out drinking, maybe you’ve just been working late, but nothing says midnight snack like steaming ramen. Well, it's your lucky day:  Hopscotch, a Japanese-American fusion restaurant and one of Oakland’s newest bragging rights, has been wowing ravenous late-night eaters with their Friday night pop-up, Yonsei Ramen Shop.

Our Favorite Dumpling Spots Near the Chinese New Year Parade Route

Shanghai Dumplings at Great Eastern Restaurant

The Year of the Snake is approaching, and San Franciscan’s will ring it in with the annual Chinese New Year’s Parade. What better way to celebrate the longest and most important Chinese holiday than with traditional lion dances and authentic Chinese bites?

Our Favorite Pho in SF, From 'Hood to 'Hood

We all have our own tried-and-true hangover remedies, whether its the hair of the dog, greasy diner food, or pickle juice. But the one thing we can all agree on is that not much else eases the pain after a great night out like a steaming bowl of pho.

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