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650 Eats: Grass-fed Burgers, Wings of Love

Grass-fed burgers (ground in house daily) and sangria are part of the dining scene at a new 650 spot, cheers! Meaty options abound, but you can also have a pleasing plate of porcini-based pasta and a Little Gem lettuce salad, too. That particular opening means that the quest for hot and filling Thai (with tea) and pleasing chicken wings now points diners to a petite-sized restaurant over in Foster City. 

Marin Eats: Mexican Ceviche, Margaritas, & Pork Belly Tacos

New seasonal eating menus for traditional and approachable Mexican cuisine that adheres to the Bay Area's “eat local” mantra have popped up in Marin—making ample room at the table for a tequila bar for those so inclined or a more humble street vendor for that Sunday morning produce procuring outing. 

East Bay Dish: Pizza, Kamikaze Fries, and Dim Sum

Two mobile operations have made the jump to new restaurants in the East Bay with promising to-go slices of hot pizza and killer waffle fries with Korean BBQ beef toppings—yum is right, Oakland and Berkeley.

Marin Eats: Short Ribs, Rabbit Two Ways and Hilltop 1892

Do the shuffle: Management and chef changes in Marin translate into new experiences for customers. Sometimes that means what’s old is new, as well as the chance for one noted chef to return and cook in his hometown. The views are good in Novato at Hilltop 1892, which has been a hot spot since way back when.

650 Eats: Bundt Cakes, Smitten Ice Cream & Jook

You can now have delicious Bundt cake or custom nitrogen processed ice cream at the new dessert spots in the 650, hooray! In Burlingame, a hot new café has great options from jook to pizza, and catering, too, for the office types in our midst.    

Wine Country Eats: Mac & Cheese with Bacon, Violet Artichoke Soup & Wine

Check you out, Napa! In the 707, the space that once housed the vegetarian dining powerhouse Ubuntu is now the home to a popular new restaurant that plays to the needs of the region by offering a range of edibles and a wine list to match.

650 Eats: Pizzeria Delfina & Bangalore Old Fashioneds

New eats are here now for the 650, with some opportunities for prime slices with outdoor seating from a popular San Francisco restaurant couple, hey! In San Mateo, the Mortar & Pestle is getting a work out and a namesake drink.

Marin Eats: Texas Brisket, Danish Breakfast & Pizza

Ownership and address changes in Marin mean new dining experiences, with scores of meaty treats at a BBQ outpost that has Texas brisket, cheese bread, baby back ribs and a righteously good happy hour. In Corte Madera, the dining scene has an updated source for big Danish breakfast and lunch fare.

Inside the Chinese New Year Parade with Ben Fong-Torres

Watching the Chinese New Year Parade is a guaranteed rollicking good time: dragons, dancers, and amazing floats are all a part of the scene that has been happening locally since the 1860s and is one of the biggest celebrations of Asian culture. For an insider’s take on this fun parade happening on Saturday, February 15, 7x7 caught up with Ben Fong-Torres, who will celebrate his 18th round as co-anchor for the festivities for the KTVU television station.

East Bay Eats: Chicken and Waffle Sliders, Greek in Berkeley, and More

New restaurants are popping up in the East Bay, with scores of hot grillables at a new organic Greek eatery that also rocks a full bar—think of this as a cool way to start or end that date night.

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