Food & Drink

COURTESY  PHOTOThe varied menu at Prime Dip in Pacifica offers sandwiches with tasty beef

Many tasty sandwiches at Prime Dip and King’s

Sandwiches are the theme this week. Prime Dip, which has three San…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe varied menu at Prime Dip in Pacifica offers sandwiches with tasty beef
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERAll of the pupusas – from bean and cheese (pictured) to beef and pork – are delicious at Panchita’s

Panchita’s keeps on serving satisfying pupusas on 16th Street

Every night around 6 or so, the women of Panchita's Pupuseria set…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERAll of the pupusas – from bean and cheese (pictured) to beef and pork – are delicious at Panchita’s
COURTESY  PHOTOOne of Carmel’s most adorable places to stay is Hosfas House

Carmel is the jewel of the Central Coast

Monterey may have the aquarium and Morro Bay has sun-lit seafood shacks…

COURTESY  PHOTOOne of Carmel’s most adorable places to stay is Hosfas House
COURTESY  PHOTOMaguro nigiri is among the tasty offerings at Sushi Yoshizumi

Indulge in chef's choice menu at Sushi Yoshizumi

The only choice for diners at San Mateo’s Sushi Yoshizumi is whether…

COURTESY  PHOTOMaguro nigiri is among the tasty offerings at Sushi Yoshizumi
COURTESY  PHOTOTony Gemignani spins dough in front of Tony’s Slice House

Take me out to the ball game for gluten-free flatbread with sausage

During a recent appearance on KNBR, Giants CEO Larry Baer scoffed at…

COURTESY  PHOTOTony Gemignani spins dough in front of Tony’s Slice House
Mike Koozmin/S.F. ExaminerPatrons enjoy beer and food at Mikkeller in the Union Square-Nob Hill area

The rise of the beer bar in SF

With a full-scale liquor license, called a Type 47 and costing upward…

Mike Koozmin/S.F. ExaminerPatrons enjoy beer and food at Mikkeller in the Union Square-Nob Hill area
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERZereshk polo

Anar’s Persian setting an oasis of warmth on a cold S.F. street

I liked going to Anar, a Persian restaurant on a desolate stretch…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERZereshk polo
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerJeffrey Crolius tends bar

Big 4 might be a small bar but it's big on history

There's a lot of history tucked into the tiny bar and restaurant…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerJeffrey Crolius tends bar
COURTESY  PHOTOEdwin and Stacia Williams have opened the multifaceted Cairdean Estate

Exploring new destinations in Napa Valley

Napa Valley has long been an easy day trip from San Francisco,…

COURTESY  PHOTOEdwin and Stacia Williams have opened the multifaceted Cairdean Estate
COURTESY  PHOTOSan Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company is hosting a beer-pairing dinner at Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park on May 1.

Fill up on big sandwiches at Bonne Sante

Burlingame’s popular sandwich café Bonne Sante has a new Bay Area sibling,…

COURTESY  PHOTOSan Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company is hosting a beer-pairing dinner at Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park on May 1.
COURTESY  PHOTOElise Losfelt

Champagne, the perfect everyday drink

Ubiquitous at New Year’s Eve, wedding and anniversary celebrations, Champagne is a…

COURTESY  PHOTOElise Losfelt
COURTESY  PHOTOChatime

Create your own personal pizza at Pieology

It sounds like an academic subject, but it’s not. Pieology, in the…

COURTESY  PHOTOChatime
GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERIn addition to great oysters

Hog Island defies no-great-food-with-a-view theory

There’s a widely-held belief in the restaurant world that you can have…

GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINERIn addition to great oysters
COURTESY  PHOTOFor the best wine country experience

How to plan a stress-free trip to the wine country

Wine growing areas are among the most beautiful, and highly trafficked, destinations…

COURTESY  PHOTOFor the best wine country experience
COURTESY  PHOTODiners who want to bring their own wine to restaurants ought to observe a few simple rules.

How to BYOB at Bay Area restaurants

Most restaurants in California are, thankfully, open to guests bringing their own…

COURTESY  PHOTODiners who want to bring their own wine to restaurants ought to observe a few simple rules.
MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERChef Aaron London’s asparagus dish at Al’s Place is a brilliant combination of textures and flavors.

Inventive Al’s Place exemplifies new Mission eateries at their best

At the beginning of this year, I decided to focus my reviews…

MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERChef Aaron London’s asparagus dish at Al’s Place is a brilliant combination of textures and flavors.
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLongtime bartender

King of craft cocktails is back on the SF bar scene

Kevin Diedrich is putting drinks in the glass that will awaken even…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerLongtime bartender
COURTESY  PHOTOTurkish and Mediterranean dishes are on the menu at Cobani Gyro and Kebab in San Mateo.

Tasty Turkish fare at Cobani Gyro and Kebab

Hummus, falafel and shish kebabs are just a few of the tempting…

COURTESY  PHOTOTurkish and Mediterranean dishes are on the menu at Cobani Gyro and Kebab in San Mateo.
COURTESY  PHOTOOsteria Coppa in San Mateo is serving special Sunday suppers featuring four courses _ starter

Blue Bottle Coffee drips into Palo Alto’s HanaHaus

The source of buzz in every sense of the word, Blue Bottle…

COURTESY  PHOTOOsteria Coppa in San Mateo is serving special Sunday suppers featuring four courses _ starter
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerLa Mar bar manager Aphiradi Lee knows her pisco

Don’t tell this La Mar bartender she can’t make a Manhattan

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana’s story began over a decade ago when celebrity…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.f. ExaminerLa Mar bar manager Aphiradi Lee knows her pisco