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.
Visiting Walnut Creek? Chowhounds say that Guanatos Ice Cream, Sichuan House, and Chopin Café are worth a look.
Sichuan food's all the rage in San Francisco right now, so don't be surprised if you find yourself suddenly addicted to the numbing quality of Sichuan peppercorns. For a ma la hit between meals, Chowhounds love a particular brand of spicy peanuts with Sichuan peppercorns sold at area 99 Ranch supermarkets.
For a diner eating alone on an unlimited budget, what are the best places to go in the Bay Area? Locals suggest a range of styles and price points, including Saison, Commis, Benu, and Kiss Seafood.
A Chowhound conversation about dishes only available on certain days of the week reveals must-try meals you should plot on your calendar. One example: Canela's Sunday-only paella, which takes at least 45 minutes to prepare.
With Dungeness crab season opening in November (recreational is open now; commercial is scheduled to open November 15), Chowhounds are speculating about this year's catch. One early report noticed a decrease in the catch compared to earlier years, but many prognosticators are optimistic. Results should show up on your plate at area restaurants later this month.