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Neighborhood Profile

The Peninsula’s Food Revival

Aside from a year-round temperate climate, proximity to countless Internet startups, and some of the priciest housing in the country, the Peninsula towns of Burlingame, San Mateo, Woodside, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Mountain View share something surprising in common: They all have Michelin-starred restaurants.
Neighborhood Profile

How Temescal Transformed from a Small Creek to a Multicultural Neighborhood

Unless you’re familiar with the Oakland neighborhood, the word “temescal” probably doesn’t ring a bell. That’s because it’s derived from the ancient Nahuatl language of the Aztec people.
Origin Story

Bubble Tea: A Cool Way to Chill Out

It’s hard to imagine a beverage that’s more fun to drink that bubble tea. It’s customizable, cool and quenching, and sippers can choose their preferred flavors, sweetness level, and any number of add-ins and toppings.
Local Gem

alaMar's Chef German: “Let’s Not Quit”

A born-and-bred New Yorker who’d spent his career working in Manhattan kitchens, Nelson witnessed his destiny unfold when he baked a cake for his best friend’s birthday party. It was there that he met his future wife, May. “When she tasted that, it made her get my number,” he says with a grin. “We’ve been together ever since, which is why I’m here today—I came to California for love, of course.” 
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20 Over-the-Top Burgers You Simply Can’t Miss

Sometimes you want a burger, but an ordinary one just won’t do. These burgers put a new spin on the classic you already know and love. Get ready for toppings galore! These burgers include everything you can imagine including down home chili and cheese, fig marmalade and blue cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and even a glazed donut bun.
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20 Fries to Satisfy Every Craving

Sometimes French fries are a complementary side to a burger or hot dog, but sometimes they are more like a meal themselves. From sophisticated flavorings to toppings that include everything but the kitchen sink, these are the fries that we crave!
Local Gem

RT Rotisserie: Changing the Delivery Game

When Sarah and Evan Rich met in Manhattan 18 years ago, they hardly could have imagined that they would someday be running a small empire of restaurants in San Francisco. In fact, if it weren’t for the need to change clothing before and after service, the wife-and-husband chef duo might never have met at all.
Zeitgeist

Ice Cream: Classic Sweet Indulgence Breaks the Mold

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. Not just any ice cream, either, but small-batch, ultra-premium ice cream. According to the most recent State of the Industry report by Dairy Foods magazine, indulgence, variety and high quality are all trends that have traction and have helped to build a new category of artisanal ice cream.
Origin Story

Poke: From Hawaii With Love

Sushi was once considered unimaginable to most Americans—who in their right mind would want to eat raw fish?—but similar to how sushi made its way into the mainstream, poke is following in its footsteps decades later. 
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13 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH

While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).
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14 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH in East Bay

While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).
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13 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH in South Bay

While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).
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11 Standouts for Breakfast Now That You’re WFH

While it’s great to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your breakfast routine is probably all off. Missing your mid-morning breakfast runs from the office now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular breakfasts that you can get delivered straight to your door.
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11 Standouts for Breakfast Now That You’re WFH in East Bay

While it’s great to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your breakfast routine is probably all off. Missing your mid-morning breakfast runs from the office now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular breakfasts that you can get delivered straight to your door.
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11 Standouts for Breakfast Now That You’re WFH in South Bay

While it’s great to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your breakfast routine is probably all off. Missing your mid-morning breakfast runs from the office now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular breakfasts that you can get delivered straight to your door.
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These East Bay Restaurants Are Newly Available on DoorDash in East Bay

California’s shelter in place order has temporarily transformed restaurants used to dine-in customers into hubs for takeout. In light of these challenging times, the following notable East Bay restaurants are now available on DoorDash. Note that menus may be different from their dine-in counterparts, with family-style meal kits or a smaller, pared-down selection of delivery-only options.
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These San Francisco Restaurants Are Now on DoorDash

San Francisco’s shelter in place order has temporarily transformed restaurants used to dine-in customers into hubs for takeout. In light of these challenging times, the following notable places are now available on DoorDash. Note that menus may be different from their dine-in counterparts, with family-style meal kits or a smaller, pared-down selection of delivery-only options.
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These South Bay Restaurants Are Now on DoorDash in South Bay

California’s shelter in place order has temporarily transformed restaurants used to dine-in customers into hubs for takeout. In light of these challenging times, the following notable places are now available on DoorDash. Note that menus may be different from their dine-in counterparts, with family-style meal kits or a smaller, pared-down selection of delivery-only options.
Origin Story

Tacos: The Original New World Food

A taco is simply a tortilla wrapped around a filling that is eaten by hand. But that’s just the beginning. It’s also an incredibly popular, accessible and versatile dish that transcends borders and time. The history of tacos goes back to the pre-Hispanic era before there was a Mexico or a United States.
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Here’s Where to DoorDash the Best Ramen in Town

Bay Area ramen addicts couldn’t possibly have it better: Next to Japan, this is one of the best places in America to slurp down a big, flavorful bowl of the stuff. From porky, fatty tonkotsu broth to clean, light yuzu versions, here’s where to DoorDash the best renditions of ramen in town.
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Here’s Where to DoorDash the Best Ramen in Town in East Bay

Bay Area ramen addicts couldn’t possibly have it better: Next to Japan, this is one of the best places in America to slurp down a big, flavorful bowl of the stuff. From porky, fatty tonkotsu broth to clean, light yuzu versions, here’s where to DoorDash the best renditions of ramen in town.
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Here’s Where to DoorDash the Best Ramen in Town in South Bay

Bay Area ramen addicts couldn’t possibly have it better: Next to Japan, this is one of the best places in America to slurp down a big, flavorful bowl of the stuff. From porky, fatty tonkotsu broth to clean, light yuzu versions, here’s where to DoorDash the best renditions of ramen in town.
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Bánh Mì: Vietnam’s Iconic Sandwich a Fusion of East and West

Whether it’s the classic PB&J or the savory cheeseburger, the sandwich is a lunchtime staple that can be found in any American school cafeteria. As a child of Vietnamese refugees, I grew up with a different kind of sandwich from many of my schoolmates, a sandwich that has made a name for itself as an iconic Vietnamese food: the bánh mì.
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Need a Breather? 8 Convincing Ideas for a Midday Break

While it’s been nice to have an excuse to work on the couch in our sweats, let’s be honest: There are some things about being in the office that we can’t help but miss. Exhibit A? Taking that mid-afternoon breather from work and grabbing a quick little pick-me-up. Missing that 3:00 p.m. perk? Here are some ways to bring that concept home by having snacks and sips delivered straight to your door.
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Need a Breather? 8 Convincing Ideas for a Midday Break in East Bay

While it’s been nice to have an excuse to work on the couch in our sweats, let’s be honest: There are some things about being in the office that we can’t help but miss. Exhibit A? Taking that mid-afternoon breather from work and grabbing a quick little pick-me-up. Missing that 3:00 p.m. perk? Here are some ways to bring that concept home by having snacks and sips delivered straight to your door.
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Need a Breather? 8 Convincing Ideas for a Midday Break in South Bay

While it’s been nice to have an excuse to work on the couch in our sweats, let’s be honest: There are some things about being in the office that we can’t help but miss. Exhibit A? Taking that mid-afternoon breather from work and grabbing a quick little pick-me-up. Missing that 3:00 p.m. perk? Here are some ways to bring that concept home by having snacks and sips delivered straight to your door.
Neighborhood Profile

San Jose’s Willow Glen

With more than a million residents, San Jose, California is the tenth-largest city in the United States—but you’d never guess it if you visited Willow Glen, one of the city’s most coveted neighborhoods.

Restaurants Adapt Differently to Challenging Times Without Diners

Bruce Hill was gearing up for an uptick in business. March had finally arrived, and as the longtime chef and owner of Zero Zero, a restaurant near San Francisco’s sprawling Moscone Center, Hill knew this was typically the month the restaurant’s traffic began to pick up steam for the year, thanks to the start of convention season.
Zeitgeist

America: Bowled Over by Açaí

Chances are you’ve seen them on the Internet: magenta-hued fruit purées, piled to the brim in bowls and attractively garnished with sliced strawberries and bananas that are splayed out like playing cards. Meet açaí bowls: smoothies blended with açaí and garnished in a bowl with toppings.
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Margherita Pizza

The concept of the Margherita pizza is simple: baked dough topped with tomatoes, basil, and cheese. Yet this Italian idea is the basis for every regional style of pizza that America has today, and without it, America’s $45 billion pizza market—and a large part of its food culture altogether—would never have existed at all.
Neighborhood Profile

West Portal’s Birth and Renewal Are Coupled to Its Streetcars

In the West Portal neighborhood in southwest San Francisco, you will likely not encounter tourists—either from the other side of the world or other side of town. But, for the locals that live on the west side and rely on Muni’s K, L and M lines, West Portal, with its cozy, unassuming personality and small town charm, is the essential, do-everything, go-to hub for many of their daily needs.
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My Marina

There is no better way to learn about a neighborhood than to get the perspective of a local. Taleen Shekerjian and Lauren Beddeo have lived in the Marina for 3 and 2 years, respectively, and had this to say and recommend.
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Loco Moco: Hawaii’s Ultimate Comfort Food

Loco mocos are the food of the people. Important things to know: They are most likely consumed from a three-section disposable plate, though artisanal, upscale versions have been known to exist. Loco mocos are designed to satisfy in a uniquely Hawaiian style—meaning filling satisfaction first.
Neighborhood Profile

My Alameda

There is no better way to learn about a neighborhood than to get the perspective of a local. Nihaar Gupta has lived in Alameda for seven years and generously shared his recommendations.
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Fried Chicken Around the World

Fried chicken is such a beloved food that cultures around the world share an appreciation for. Explore some favorite renditions across the globe.
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Fried Chicken Around the World in San Francisco

Fried chicken is such a beloved food that cultures around the world share an appreciation for. Explore some favorite renditions across the globe.
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Fried Chicken Around the World in East Bay

Fried chicken is such a beloved food that cultures around the world share an appreciation for. Explore some favorite renditions across the globe.
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East Bay Seoul

When we moved to East Bay from the city a couple months ago we were so excited to try all the korean options we couldn’t find in SF. If you love Korean food and need a good staple spot, or just looking to try korean food (besides fried chicken) for the first time, here’s our list of our favorite local places to check out.
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My South Bay Korean Favorites

There is no better way to learn about the cuisine of a neighborhood than to get the perspective of a local. Helena Seo has lived and patronized Korean restaurants in Sunnyvale since 2002 and generously shared her recommendations.
Neighborhood Profile

Downtown Oakland is a Celebration of Its Immigrant Heritage

Head 10 miles east of downtown San Francisco, and you’ll find the epicenter of another bustling Bay Area metropolis: the downtown district of Oakland.
Zeitgeist

Pimento Cheese Breaks Out From the South

There are few foods in this world that could claim to be a spread, a dip, a sandwich filling, and a condiment all at the same time, but pimento cheese checks all those boxes. A mixture of grated cheddar, diced pimento peppers, and mayonnaise, the “pâte of the South,” as it’s sometimes called, has long been a staple of the Southern table.
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Appreciating Pho

Just like American cooking wouldn’t be the same without hamburgers, or Mexican would be a different cuisine without tacos, Vietnamese food wouldn’t be what it is today without pho. Pho—a clear soup with rice noodles, beef or chicken, herbs, and a bone stock broth—is a daily staple in Vietnam.
Local Gem

Homeroom a Pioneer in Temescal Revival

A decade ago, Erin Wade was living an unhappy existence as a corporate labor and employment lawyer in San Francisco. Today, she’s the force behind Homeroom, a perennially packed mac and cheese restaurant in Oakland that’s looking ahead to its 10-year anniversary.
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More than Pho

Exploring Vietnamese food beyond pho with these key dishes from Jen Luong family’s go-to spots.
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Biryani: Rice, Spice and Everything Nice

If all of South Asia were to be characterized by just one dish, we’d argue it should be biryani. In case you’re not familiar with it, at its most basic, biryani is a rice casserole: one that’s layered with meat, seafood, or vegetables, then flavored with warm spices, herbs, and gravy, then cooked over a low flame, sometimes with a cover made from dough.
Neighborhood Profile

Telegraph Avenue Still Feeds Berkeley’s Counterculture Epicenter

Berkeley, California holds worldwide renown for two things—being home to the University of California, Berkeley, and serving as the hotbed of 1960s counterculture—and it’s on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley that you’ll find the epicenter of both.
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Send Sweet Treats to People You Love in San Francisco

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate friends, family, and all the other people in your life by having a treat delivered to their door. Order their favorite sweet, adjusting the delivery address accordingly. Then download our special image below and pop it into a text message to give your recipient a quick heads-up that something’s headed their way!
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Send Sweet Treats to People You Love in East Bay

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate friends, family, and all the other people in your life by having a treat delivered to their door. Order their favorite sweet, adjusting the delivery address accordingly. Then download our special image below and pop it into a text message to give your recipient a quick heads-up that something’s headed their way!
Local Gem

Bucking the V*nill@ and Chocolate Hegemony With Extraordinary Flavors

When Jake Godby and Sean Vahey hung a double-headed cow on the wall and opened the doors to their first location of Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream on a relatively quiet corner in San Francisco’s Mission District back in December 2008, friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry didn’t know what to think.
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Chicken & Rice Around the Globe in South Bay

Chicken and rice is such a crowd-pleasing combination that just about every country has its own rendition. Here are some favorites you can order and enjoy in the South Bay. 
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Chicken & Rice Around the Globe in East Bay

Chicken and rice is such a crowd-pleasing combination that just about every country has its own rendition. Here are some favorites.
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Chicken & Rice Around the Globe in San Francisco

Chicken and rice is such a crowd-pleasing combination that just about every country has its own rendition. Here are some favorites.
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Souper Bowl Winners in San Francisco

Every New Year is a perfect opportunity to leave behind the over-indulgent dinners, happy hours, and way too many “cheat days.” But let’s be real - eating healthy can be tough and menu planning can be even tougher. It takes some serious mental fortitude! Enter: soups!
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Souper Bowl Winners in East Bay

Every New Year is a perfect opportunity to leave behind the over-indulgent dinners, happy hours, and way too many “cheat days.” But let’s be real - eating healthy can be tough and menu planning can be even tougher. It takes some serious mental fortitude! Enter: soups!
Neighborhood Profile

North Beach, One Slice at a Time

Take a waltz through North Beach, and you may notice a few things: alleyways named after famed Beatniks. An entire avenue lit up by risqué neon signs. Street lamps displaying green, white, and red stripes. Young urban professionals and families (along with plenty of tourists) occupying sidewalk cafes and ristorantes.
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These Are the Best Tacos in South Bay

A taco a day might not keep the doctor away, but who can resist when there are so many delicious options? Here is a list of tacos in the South Bay you might want to add to your next dinner delivery.
Zeitgeist

Chicken Rice — America’s New Comfort Food

“Somewhere in the world, a chicken is simmering. Nearby is a bag of rice. The mixture of the two is comfort food in every climate,” David Tanis once declared. Whether it’s referred to as arroz caldo, khao mun gai, or something else, the notion of chicken and rice as the consummate meal is universal...
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Taco Party in East Bay

You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to have a taco party today (and, hey, if it happens to be Tuesday, it’ll feel extra festive).
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Taco Party in San Francisco

You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to have a taco party today (and, hey, if it happens to be Tuesday, it’ll feel extra festive).
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Healthy Weekday Dinners in East Bay

Ordering food doesn’t automatically mean you’re having a cheat day or blowing a diet. It’s easy to eat healthy with these weekday meal options that are mindful of staying within reason (and bounds), but still actually taste like a treat.
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Some Like It Hot in East Bay

Food with a spicy kick can help to kickstart your metabolism and feel elevated as you enjoy a meal. The buzz from spicy food is so real, you can feel it from your head to your toes, and it will keep you coming back for more.
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Some Like It Hot in San Francisco

Food with a spicy kick can help to kickstart your metabolism and feel elevated as you enjoy a meal. The buzz from spicy food is so real, you can feel it from your head to your toes, and it will keep you coming back for more.
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After School Snacks in East Bay

You don’t have to actually be a student to appreciate these snack ideas for that hungry time between lunch and dinner when a lot of places tend to be closed; it’s more of an overall mindset.
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Instagram Worthy in South Bay

Sometimes, you may just find yourself having the sudden urge to take pictures of your meal and then post them to Instagram, which is a natural impulse given the beauty of so much of the food made here in the Bay Area.
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Instagram Worthy in East Bay

Sometimes, you may just find yourself having the sudden urge to take pictures of your meal and then post them to Instagram, which is a natural impulse given the beauty of so much of the food made here in the Bay Area.
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KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) Tops Fried Chicken Rankings in San Francisco

A few years back on a business trip to Seoul, our client and host met us at our hotel to welcome us for a few days of meetings. Without much fanfare, we simply walked across the wide boulevard from the hotel and into the undistinguished small retail plaza on the lower floors of an office building.
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KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) Tops Fried Chicken Rankings in East Bay

A few years back on a business trip to Seoul, our client and host met us at our hotel to welcome us for a few days of meetings. Without much fanfare, we simply walked across the wide boulevard from the hotel and into the undistinguished small retail plaza on the lower floors of an office building.
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After School Snacks in San Francisco

You don’t have to actually be a student to appreciate these snack ideas for that hungry time between lunch and dinner when a lot of places tend to be closed; it’s more of an overall mindset.
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Craveable Keto in South Bay

Delicious food options that adhere to the ketogenic diet, which most simply call keto, are not hard to find on DoorDash.
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Craveable Keto in East Bay

Delicious food options that adhere to the ketogenic diet, which most simply call keto, are not hard to find on DoorDash.
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Game Day Eats in San Francisco

Prepare for the win with celebratory snacks that are easy to share and enjoy whether your idea of a big game day means watching football, baseball, basketball, ice skating or the latest red carpet awards show with your favorite small group of friends and family.
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Delicious Gluten-Free in East Bay

The Bay Area has not only well adapted to the growing legions of eaters who prefer (or need) to eat a gluten-free diet, in some cases, the city has led the way in developing delicious foods and techniques for the rest of the world to enjoy.
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Delicious Gluten-Free in South Bay

The Bay Area has not only well adapted to the growing legions of eaters who prefer (or need) to eat a gluten-free diet, in some cases, the city has led the way in developing delicious foods and techniques for the rest of the world to enjoy.
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Paleo Picks in South Bay

You may be following or curious to try eating Paleo, which is also sometimes referred to as the Paleolithic or caveman diet.
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Paleo Picks in East Bay

You may be following or curious to try eating Paleo, which is also sometimes referred to as the Paleolithic or caveman diet.
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Vegan Adventure in South Bay

Whether it’s dessert or a hardy meal, the Bay Area offers an abundant selection of animal-product-free destinations for vegan and vegan-curious eaters. From massive cinnamon rolls to tacos and curries, these vegan eateries offer delicious dishes for both first-timers and longtime plant-based eaters.
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Vegan Adventure in East Bay

You’re definitely in the right place right now if you’re vegan or merely vegan-curious — Bay Area chefs have long been able to work wonders with creating dishes that are made without the inclusion of any kind of animal products.
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Cross Country Cravings in San Francisco

The city by the bay. A beautiful merging of cultures, history, and nature. And a far cry from Upstate New York where I now find myself, wrapped in at least 3 blankets.
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K-Drama Binge Feast in San Francisco

There are many iconic foods for different occasions — popcorn during movies, hotdogs at baseball games, ice cream after breakups, and for some, Korean Food while watching K-Dramas.
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Instagram Worthy in San Francisco

Sometimes, you may just find yourself having the sudden urge to take pictures of your meal and then post them to Instagram, which is a natural impulse given the beauty of so much of the food made here in San Francisco.
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Vegan Adventure in San Francisco

You’re definitely in the right place right now if you’re vegan or merely vegan-curious — San Francisco chefs have long been able to work wonders with creating dishes that are made without the inclusion of any kind of animal products.
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Winter Weather Comfort Foods in San Francisco

While we don’t exactly have winter wonderland around this part of the country, the City of San Francisco can get awfully chilly at times.
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Paleo Picks in San Francisco

You may be following or curious to try eating Paleo, which is also sometimes referred to as the Paleolithic or caveman diet.
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Craveable Keto in San Francisco

Delicious food options that adhere to the ketogenic diet, which most simply call keto, are not hard to find on DoorDash.
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Stream and Chill in San Francisco

Streaming services can easily bring a wide world of entertainment in countless languages to the personal screen of your choice, and the options are only growing.
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Delicious Gluten-Free in San Francisco

San Francisco has not only well adapted to the growing legions of eaters who prefer (or need) to eat a gluten-free diet, in some cases, the city has led the way in developing delicious foods and techniques for the rest of the world to enjoy.
Neighborhood Profile

Contrasts and Constant Change Made the Mission We Love

A uniquely San Francisco phenomenon, the Mission is a place where taquerias, family bodegas, and thrift shops coexist next to sleek juice bars, designer clothing boutiques, and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Zeitgeist

Impossible Meets Its Moment

Wes Rowe used to spend hours upon hours each week handcrafting his own veggie burgers for his customers at WesBurger, his popular restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District.
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How Fried Chicken Sandwiches Became America’s Favorite Food

Unless you’ve been living off the grid, chances are that you’ve heard about the fried chicken sandwich’s sudden ascent, but here’s a quick primer just in case.
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A World of International Flavors in the Inner Sunset

According to the historians over at San Francisco’s Western Neighborhoods Project, the whole Sunset District of San Francisco was named in 1889 and was reportedly called “Great Sand Waste” when it was still just sand dunes instead of the lively avenues filled with homes and businesses that are there today.
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Late Night Indulgences in San Francisco

It’s late and your day went amazingly well slash unspeakably bad — keep the party going or turn it all around with some self care in the form of late night treats courtesy of DoorDash pickup or delivery.
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Dinner for Every Palate in San Francisco

In a two-person household with diverse tastes, it can be a tall order for everyone to agree on what to eat for dinner. Is it possible to find a restaurant that satisfies the spice fiend and the picky eater, or the health nut and the comfort food lover?
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Healthy Weekday Dinners in San Francisco

Here are a slew of wholesome weeknight meal ideas that can accommodate a broad range of dietary needs. Whether you’ve gone vegan, keto, paleo, or raw, there’s something on this list that you can feel great about eating for dinner.

Restaurants Have Survived—and Even Thrived—During the Pandemic

In the three months since we checked in with merchants on the state of their restaurants during the pandemic, a lot has happened. The global economy saw its worst downturn since the Great Depression. Black Lives Matter became the largest movement ever in U.S. history. Loosened social distancing restrictions at the onset of summer brought on a second spike in COVID-19 cases across the Sun Belt, prompting officials to shut down states yet again.