Kale Tacos in a Dive Bar -- How Totally S.F.

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Yelp/Ann L.
Here we are in the midst of what may as well be the Decade of Kale. You can't walk a block without seeing the super green on a menu in this city. Kale is the new pork belly -- in terms of its ubiquitous presence, not necessarily in regards to nutritional value -- and while we've seen it on pizzas and in all manner of smoothies and salads, we're surprised it's taken this long to encounter it in taco form.


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Nopa's Moroccan Vegetable Tagine Is an S.F. Classic No Matter the Season

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Trevor Felch
We could get into a heated argument about which came first: the restaurant or the neighborhood name. But there is no denying the importance of Nopa the restaurant on the city's dining spectrum, and the absolute joy that is spending an evening in the bustling the dining room, the handsome bar, or upstairs in the quieter mezzanine. Whether you are or aren't such a fan of the Divisadero corridor's obvious gentrification since the restaurant's 2009 opening, there is no doubt that it has had a profound impact on why the area looks like it does now and the direction it's going.

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Namu Gaji's Refreshing Bibim Should Be S.F.'s Official Warm-Weather Salad

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Trevor Felch
With Dennis Lee, one of our fair city's most exciting chefs, now busy with the April 1 barbeque-centric opening menu at Magnolia Brewery's new Dogpatch location, now is a great time to step back and revisit the city's definitive destination for New Korean meets New California cuisine, Namu Gaji. It feels like decades since Lee and his brothers David and Daniel opened the original Namu in the Inner Richmond, a world away from the corner it now occupies at 18th and Dolores.


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Angkor Borei's Make-Your-Own Spinach Wraps Are a Fun Vegetarian Start to the Meal

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Trevor Felch
Angkor Borei's spinach wraps are a fun, great-tasting vegetarian starter.
Southeast Asian cuisines are nothing new to the San Francisco culinary scene, but the city's focus is mostly on the food of Thailand and Vietnam. Nestled between the two countries, Cambodia's cuisine shares many of the same bold attributes. There's lots of spice, lots of comforting noodles, and plenty of sweet vs. sour clashes that make the palate go crazy with joy.

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Gold Medal Blinchiki for Vegetarians at Cinderella

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Trevor Felch
With the second week of the Winter Olympics in Sochi underway, we turn our attention to Russia. Though San Francisco's Little Russia is in the Outer Richmond, Russian eating in the city is centered on Cinderella Bakery and Café in the Inner Richmond. Mostly a bakery, Cinderella does have a tiny café component with mostly outside seating. Just pretend Balboa Street is Red Square as you dine al fresco on blinis and be glad San Francisco winters aren't quite like Moscow's.

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Il Cane Rosso's Vegetarian Lunches Make Great Midday Meals For Carnivores, Too

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Trevor Felch
Sandwiched between Ferry Building heavyweights The Slanted Door and the temporarily-closed-for-expansion Hog Island Oyster Co., it's not hard to initially overlook Il Cane Rosso. That's fortunate for locals since the tourists join lines elsewhere, leaving this gem from chef Lauren Kiino for us.

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Savory Rice Porridge Makes for a Thrilling Lunch at Samovar

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Trevor Felch
Samovar's rice porridge: More fun than it sounds.
If braised tempeh atop a bowl of rice porridge doesn't sound particularly sexy or exciting, you haven't had the version at Samovar Tea Lounge.

Part of the same slushy rice family as jook and congee, this short-grain brown rice gets boiled with a sheet of seaweed, sea salt, and Japanese sweet potatoes with lots of water for two hours to a consistency between creamy and custardy. But rice porridge on its own won't make you the envy of other diners. It's the garnishes that add the fun ($12).


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Amidst Espresso and Belgian Waffles, Linea Caffe's Salads Shine

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Trevor Felch
Anchoring a sliver of a sun-drenched corner space in the Mission, it's hard to figure out how Linea Caffe has enough space to fit the espresso machine and food prep area that produce the café's unlikely trio of specialties: coffee/espresso, Belgian waffles (savory and sweet), and salads. It's such a small-scale, but brilliant niche carved out by Mission Chinese's Anthony Myint, who's partnered with the founder of the now departed Ecco Caffe, Andrew Barnett.

See also: Linea Caffe: A Coffee Shop A-Team
Lt. Waffle, Inside Linea Caffe in the Mission


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Mission Bowling Club's Vegan Burger Bowls a Strike

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Alanna Hale
This is not the usual tale of woe for the veggie/garden/"other" burger that the non-meat version of one of the world's favorite food creations is often relegated to. With the enormous demand for vegetarian burgers and with so many amazing vegetarian sandwiches out there, why does it seem vegetarian burgers are always a bland, dry afterthought?

Fortunately, we have Anthony Myint here in San Francisco. Not only at his Mission Bowling Club can you order one of the city's finest vegetarian burgers, but it also happens to be vegan and you can go bowling at the same time.

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Vegetables Are Front-and-Center at Sri Lankan 1601 Bar & Kitchen

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Trevor Felch
Of the many, many global cuisines inspiring restaurants across San Francisco, Sri Lankan has to be one of the most under-represented, despite being a country of more than 20 million people. When chef Brian Fernando opened 1601 Bar & Kitchen earlier this year, the city collectively wondered, "What in the world is Sri Lankan cuisine?"

See also: 1601 Bar & Kitchen: S.F.'s First Sri Lankan Restaurant Focuses on Small Plates

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