San Francisco is deservedly famous for Cal-Italian restaurants where house-made pasta is prized. But without a reservation (or the desire to wait in line), where do you go? Locals suggest Perbacco, Piccino, and SPQR.
The creamy, sweet cheesecake at Gregory's Gourmet Desserts is killer, one Chowhound member says. The tiny shop's only open on Wednesdays and Fridays, when you can find far-out flavors like banana pudding, "ugly duckling lemon cookie," and coconut Thai chili.
Chowdowns—shared meals organized by Chowhound participants—are a great way to sample an array of offerings at a restaurant among friendly and adventurous diners, and it seems the Sichuan chowdown at China Village exceeded expectations. Check out the write-ups and glamour shots of beloved dishes like cooked bitter melon and lamb with cumin.
If the hair of the dog cures a hangover, perhaps poutine is a worthy follow-up after a Thanksgiving feast? Those who dare hop on the cheese and gravy train say Box and Bells in Rockridge has a great version with blood pudding gravy, but you can also make your own at home with local Spring Hill cheese curds.
A spate of new breweries have opened in San Francisco in the last few years, but how do they stack up against established brands like Anchor and 21st Amendment? A Chowhound thread lists many of the newer breweries—including Southern Pacific, Cervecería de MateVeza, and Southpaw BBQ—and asks which, if any, merit a visit.
The opening of Guddu de Karahi, the new restaurant from the former owner of Lahore Karahi, strikes a sentimental note for Chef Guddu's admirers from his Tenderloin days, and wins over new fans as well. Go for the coriander-crusted tandoori fish washed down with a mango lassi, and expect friendly service that can be overwhelmed by the hungry masses.
Impress your friends with off-menu cred at Northern Vietnamese favorite Turtle Tower. One Chowhound user uncovered a steaming bowl of pho tai ga, chicken pho with rare beef added, at the beloved Larkin Street soup joint, though you won't see it on the printed menu.
Sure, Potrero Hill's views charm many, but what's for dinner? In this neighborhood, both Chez Maman and Pera have fans; in neighboring Dogpatch, pick up an order of pupusas at New Spot—one Chowhound user says they're the best she's ever tasted.
Most cafés offer a basic tea selection, but when you're on the hunt for higher quality or a wide selection, where do you go? Locals recommend Tillerman Tea in Napa, Teance in the East Bay, and Red Blossom or Aroma Tea Shop in San Francisco.