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  • John's Grill

    John's Grill

    This landmark restaurant claims to be "home of the Maltese Falcon" - due to the fact that Dashiell Hammett was a John's Grill regular during the time he penned the iconic detective novel - and the building's second floor is a veritable shrine to... More on John's Grill »

  • Tuba Restaurant and Grill

    Tuba Restaurant and Grill

    This Turkish neighborhood bistro revives a San Francisco restaurant meme that seemed to fade out at the end of the 1990s: the red room. There's a whiff of the boudoir to the place, aided by Euroclub music that usually accompanies too much cologne... More on Tuba Restaurant and Grill »

  • 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 »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Oakland Metro Operahouse

    Oakland Metro Operahouse

    If the word "operahouse" makes you think of Charles Garnier's opulent theatrical monument in Paris, think again - this multi-use performance space is located inside an adapted industrial warehouse on the edge of modern Jack London Square. The... More on Oakland Metro Operahouse »

  • Northstar Cafe

    Northstar Cafe

    From outside, you can hear the click-clack of pool balls colliding. The windows are large and there's a backdoor leading from the pool table to a quiet, tree-lined street. The bar itself is inconspicuous, so the sounds of the break shot or the... More on Northstar Cafe »

  • Monroe

    Monroe

    A new upscale bar in the former Dragon Bar location. More on Monroe »

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Music Venues

  • Sheba Piano Lounge

    Sheba Piano Lounge

    Don't let the hokey exterior fool you, this place offers a comfortable, even classy setting in the heart of the Fillmore. Perhaps Meatless Mondays will draw you in, as all Ethiopian restaurants seem to have great vegetarian menus. This one costs... More on Sheba Piano Lounge »

  • Hemlock Tavern

    Hemlock Tavern

    By showcasing some of the world's best underground indie-rock bands, this microvenue has quickly become one of the city's best. A crowded, clamorous bar up front - decorated with kitschy thrift-shop art, vintage beer paraphernalia, and some... More on Hemlock Tavern »

  • 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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Movie Theaters

  • Foreign Cinema

    Foreign Cinema

    Chic, neo-industrial restaurant offers large outdoor patio with nightly film screenings and revamped French menu from former Zuni CafĂ© chefs. Main courses are fantastic. Dessert choices include beautifully composed cheese plates. Full bar,... More on Foreign Cinema »

  • CineArts at the Empire

    CineArts at the Empire

    The West Portal theater offers listening devices, closed-captioning, descriptive narrative, and the option to print tickets at home. Located by the West Portal Muni station, it features independent films alongside blockbusters. More on CineArts at the Empire »

  • Paramount Theatre

    Paramount Theatre

    Built in 1931 and restored in 1973, this magnificent example of Art Deco architecture and furnishings is one of Oakland's primary performing arts centers. It hosts the symphony, ballet, and classic movie nights as well. More on Paramount Theatre »

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Food Trucks

  • Let's Be Frank

    Let's Be Frank

    This Let's Be Frank cart is sometimes posted at a spot outside AT&T Park and was founded by Sue Moore, former "meat forager" for Berkeley and Larry Bain, a member of the San Francisco Sustainable Food Systems team. Together they advocate the... More on Let's Be Frank »

  • Kung Fu Tacos

    Kung Fu Tacos

    An active member of S.F.'s street food community, Kung Fu Tacos serves up Chinese-fusion tacos that karate-chop your taste buds. Tan Truong and Jonathan Ward offer wittily named menu items like Asian Asada (served with a spicy Asian salsa) and... More on Kung Fu Tacos »

  • Casey's Pizza

    Casey's Pizza

    Casey Crynes started out making pizzas -- fantastic pizzas -- on a couple of hacked Weber grills, but in the fall of 2011 he graduated up to a food truck with a proper gas-fired oven. He sells four types of pies per outing, either whole or by the... More on Casey's Pizza »

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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 »

  • 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 »

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RecentReviews

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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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