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  • Ippuku

    Ippuku

    Christian Geideman, chef-owner of the Japanese yakitori restaurant and shochu bar in Berkeley, uses every molecule he can of the free-range chickens delivered to Ippuku every day. He segments the birds into their various, delicious parts and... More on Ippuku »

  • Radio Africa and Kitchen

    Radio Africa and Kitchen

    Ethiopia-born chef Eskender Aseged started Radio Africa as a dinner with friends in his own home. Now his restaurant started as a nomadic pop-up shop before finding a permanent spot in Bayview. Aseged crafts artful dishes influenced by his home... More on Radio Africa and Kitchen »

  • 1058 Hoagie

    1058 Hoagie

    The latest deli spot from sandwich genius Adam Mesnick, the man behind SOMA's Deli Board, focuses on cold, Philly-style hoagies (different from a submarine because it uses soft, flat rolls instead of crusty Italian rolls). All sandwiches at 1058... More on 1058 Hoagie »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Upcider

    Upcider

    First there were upscale wine bars. Now, thanks to Upcider, there's an upscale cider bar as well. This minimally decorated second-floor drinkery has long windows overlooking the crowds on Polk Street, while the menu features rare craft ciders you... More on Upcider »

  • Swedish American Hall

    Swedish American Hall

    Located right upstairs from Cafe Du Nord is its auditoriumlike sister venue, the Swedish American Hall. Music usually ranges from country and folk to indie rock and beyond. More on Swedish American Hall »

  • Abbey Tavern

    Abbey Tavern

    This Irish sports bar in the Inner Richmond features occasional live bands and DJs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A mixture of pop, rock, '80s, and Top 40 dance music caters to a mostly collegiate crowd. More on Abbey Tavern »

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Music Venues

  • Make-Out Room

    Make-Out Room

    It feels almost like a bingo parlor at the community church. Fortunately, the quirky Midwestern atmosphere of this bar lends itself to the mostly folk and country acts that perform here. Regular DJ nights also expand the soundtrack to include... More on Make-Out Room »

  • Swedish American Hall

    Swedish American Hall

    Located right upstairs from Cafe Du Nord is its auditoriumlike sister venue, the Swedish American Hall. Music usually ranges from country and folk to indie rock and beyond. More on Swedish American Hall »

  • Abbey Tavern

    Abbey Tavern

    This Irish sports bar in the Inner Richmond features occasional live bands and DJs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A mixture of pop, rock, '80s, and Top 40 dance music caters to a mostly collegiate crowd. More on Abbey Tavern »

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Food Trucks

  • SOMA StrEat Food Park

    SOMA StrEat Food Park

    Unlike temporary food truck gatherings like Off the Grid or the more permanent pods in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, SOMA StrEat Food Park feels like more than a parking lot for food trucks. It's separated from the street by a chain-link... More on SOMA StrEat Food Park »

  • Curry Up Now

    Curry Up Now

    This food truck serves up Indian street food and Indo-American hybrids like tikka masala burritos with pickled onions and fenugreek and Indian-Trinidadian garbanzo-filled frybread. Dishes like the "inside-out" samosas can be a mess, but the kathi... More on Curry Up Now »

  • Cranky Boots

    Cranky Boots

    The Popsicle was invented in Oakland, but it's being dressed up in San Francisco, where husband-and-wife team Amanda Yee and Aland Welford man a small cart at the Cortland Marketplace. The shop, dubbed Cranky Boots after what Yee calls Welford... More on Cranky Boots »

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Coffee Shops

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in San Francisco / Bay Area and around the world. Named for the... More on Starbucks »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in San Francisco / Bay Area and around the world. Named for the... More on Starbucks »

  • Atlas Cafe

    Atlas Cafe

    What's not to love about Atlas Cafe? With strong coffee and delicious California-style menu selections, this cool little spot, located in the heart of the Mission also has free Wifi, magazines to peruse, and local art featured on its walls. It... More on Atlas Cafe »

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    • This season, the Fort Mason edition of Off the Grid features market-exclusive items from 32 vendors, ranging from the simple and comforting to the exotic and extreme. In this first part of five we attempt to taste all of them -- one bite at a time. If there's one thing that the food truck scene has cultivated, it is an expanded menu of global food (much of it thanks to both Off the Grid and La Cocina). Regional Mexican, Mamak Malaysian, Nepalese, and cuisine from other countries around the world mingle comfortably with the burgers and... More on Fort Mason »

    • A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra conjures elements of Afrobeat — complex polyrhythms, call and response, native African harmonies, steady presence of clave — but the group, according to bandleader and saxophonist Skerik, is inherently "a funk band." "There isn't a concerted effort to emulate any one thing," Skerik said. "All rhythmic musics are... More on Boom Boom Room »

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