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The Five Best Spots for Tapas in SF

Tapas spots were seriously trendy in the 90s, and the trend gave way to the craze of small-plates-heavy menus of every variety that we see across town today. (The debate rages on, by the way, about whether this style of dining is still fun, or just a ripoff and too chaotic.)

Five Summer-Ready Varietals You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Fair weather wines

It wasn’t long ago that rosés were synonymous with tacky suburban pool parties, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything besides sauvignon blanc to satisfy a craving for something crisp when the temperature crept up.

Foodie Updates: Pesce Opens In the Castro, Fog City and TBD On the Way

It's time again to apprise you of the restaurant happenings around town.

The Five Best Things We Ate at Outside Lands

As Grizzly Bear lead singer Ed Droste said to the crowd at Outside Lands on Saturday, "You guys have the bougiest food stands of any music festival I've ever seen." And it's true.

Foodie Updates: Daniel Patterson's Mid-Market Spot Gets a Name, and More

Gitane's 'Pate de Hidalgo'

This week in food-world news, Daniel Patterson's casual spinoff of Coi, gets a name, SliderBar expands, Gitane launches a new regional tasting menu, and Beer Hall, a new beer bar, debuts.

'Lady Windermere's Fan' Unfurls at CalShakes

'Lady Windermere's Fan' at CalShakes

The third production of the summer season at CalShakes is getting ready for its premiere next week, and it's Oscar Wilde's classic Lady Windermere's Fan.

Highlights From SF Chefs 2013

Another SF Chefs has come and gone, and things wrapped up Sunday in Union Square with a third day of the Grand Tasting tent and a Negroni version of the annual Pimp Cup competition at Jasper's Corner Tap + Kitchen. All told, the Bay Area's chefs, bartenders, winos, and food fans came out for a festive, if slightly quieter fifth installment of the fest, and a good time was had by all.

Foodie Updates: The Cavalier Debuts, Chez Spencer Relocates, and More

The Cavalier

This week in food and drink news, we have the debut of the much-anticipated new project from the Park Tavern/Marlowe crew, the revamp of a beloved Nob Hill dive, and the relocating of fire-damaged Chez Spencer, which will remain in the Mission. 

Zagat and Google Give Yelp a Run For Its Money With Free Reviews

An example page from the newly relaunched, free, Zagat site.

At long last, following Google's 2011 acquisition of Zagat, the famed restaurant guidebook's quote-heavy reviews and ratings are now available for all to see, for free.

Foodie Updates: SF Chefs Next Week, a Benu Spinoff, and More

Tyler Florence giving a demo at SF Chefs 2012

This week in food-world news, Benu chef Corey Lee looks to be opening a spinoff restaurant in Hayes Valley; there's an update on Doc Ricketts; and SF Chefs is kicking off with star-chef-studded events through next weekend.

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