The cuisine of Asia is broad and diverse; luckily in the Bay Area you can sample many Asian specialties within a reasonable distance. Just within the San Francisco city limits, locals recommend Burmese at Mandalay, Cambodian at Angkor Borei, Vietnamese at Bodega Bistro, and Sichuan at Z & Y.
The current record-album-themed drinks and bites menu at Trick Dog surpasses even the last one according to regulars. Make a pit stop for a ginger-chicken rice plate and the She's Gone cocktail with white rum, pear brandy, and herbal syrup.
September is the time to lock down private rooms for holiday parties, and Chowhounds are chatting about the possibilities. Southern Pacific might be viable for a casual burgers-and-beers gathering; newcomer Muka in Hayes Valley seems like a good choice for wine, cocktails, and nibbles; and stalwarts in Embarcadero Center, like Osha Thai, offer the convenience of validated parking and easy BART access.
A lively conversation discusses the extent to which San Francisco and its surrounds had a thriving coffee culture in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Frappe, anyone?
A new Oakland wine shop offers wines on tap and by the bottle. Of note: Ordinaire's selection leans toward Californians, with many wines priced under $10 per glass.
Some call it a dive, others a dump, but Tu Lan on 6th Street certainly has its share of fans, and that remains true after its reopening following a closure prompted by health code violations. Early reports indicate that the restaurant hits the spot for nostalgia seekers, and the waits are as long as you remember.
With a layer of mashed taro filling on a sponge cake topped with whipped cream frosting, the taro cake at L'epi D'or in Cupertino is delicious enough to serve as a birthday cake. Where else can you find fantastic taro cake?
For diners going the healthy route and wanting clean, fresh flavors that might be gluten- or dairy-free, what's a good choice in the East Bay? Locals recommend Potala, Enssaro, and Shangri-La.
Lahore Karahi was a much-loved Tenderloin restaurant before the owner, Guddu, left and took his magic with him. Though Lahore Karahi was purchased by another owner and lives on in the original location (in name only), there's news on Chowhound that Guddu plans to open a new shop, Guddu de Karahi, on Noriega.
When Burning Man takes place in the Nevada desert, rumor has it that the city of San Francisco empties out, parking's a cinch, and reservations are easy to get. On Chowhound, locals discussed the ease (or not) of finding a table at typically packed restaurants like Flour + Water, and whether the Burning Man exodus might be an urban legend.