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  • Cecil's Famouse Burgers & Sandwiches Take Out in Hayward

    Cecil's Famouse Burgers & Sandwiches Take Out

    Cecilís Famous Burgers gets bonus points for the shake selection, the value, and the great burger overall. More meat flavor and crisper fries and lettuce would have put them over the edge into my best ranking. As is, Cecilís offers a solid burger worth repeating.

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  • Ribs N Things

    This was my second visit to Ribs ĎN Things, and I was as impressed by this soul food and barbecue joint as I was the first time.

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  • Afghan Village in Newark

    Afghan Village

    My stomach was primed to enjoy Afghan Village, and it did. Boy, did it. I am no expert in Afghan cuisine, have only had it maybe twice before, but I will remember how satisfied this meal made me for good long time.

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  • Cafe Kefa in Oakland

    Cafe Kefa

    It is a simple fact of life that egg-and-cheeses are heaven on earth, and Kefaís workers know how to offer them proper tribute. They take their preparations seriously, which results in a longer wait than you might expect for an egg-and-cheese. English muffins are toasted to a deep crisp, and the cheese is broiled to the point that it gets a plasticine outer shell

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  • Martha and Bros Coffee Company in San Francisco

    Martha and Bros Coffee Company

    The crust was buttery and perfectly flaky, and the egg flavor was uniquely strong. My only complaint would be that the spinach wasnít incorporated into the batter so much as plopped in the middle of the pastry with the cheeses, so most of the quiche was plain egg. But it was delicious egg, so Iím not sure Iím complaining at all. The quiche is small enough to make it easy to get spinach in every bite if you want.

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  • The Crow's Nest Restaurant in Santa Cruz

    The Crow's Nest Restaurant

    The restaurant is typical ďbig night outĒ with white tablecloths, medium-toned wood, dim lighting. It didnít have much personality, though I imagine the ocean gives it plenty in the daytime. The blue-lit engraved glass panels around the entryway made it feel dated to me.

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  • Chop Bar in Oakland

    Chop Bar

    More attentive service would have been nice, but overall, I would definitely go back for brunch, and I appreciated their thoughtful versions of classic dishes round these parts. That pineapple french toast also needs its chance to shineÖin my belly

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  • Zocalo Coffeehouse in San Leandro

    Zocalo Coffeehouse

    Thereís a small selection of baked goods, but that doesnít mean an uninteresting one. I had a bacon-scallion scone, which bore a lot of resemblance to a cheddar biscuit both texturally and in flavor.

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  • Hambrick's Giant Burgers in Hayward

    Hambrick's Giant Burgers

    You have two options for ordering here. Either place an order to go at the window or walk inside to dine in at the cute counter with a row of red stools. Okay, three options. Place an order at the window then realize thereís a cute counter inside and ask for your food there. Thatís what I did.

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  • Sidebar in Oakland

    Sidebar

    Did I mention the cocktails? That is most definitely where Sidebar excels. I believe this beauty is the Locavore ($10) with Crusoe organic spiced rum, Fruitlab organic orange liqueur, house-made ginger syrup, lime juice, seltzer, and mint.

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  • The Cheese Steak Shop in Castro Valley

    The Cheese Steak Shop

    Oh my word, fellow lovers of food, those are exceptional. I've had them twice now, and I will assuredly have them again. The thick-cut chips are fried fresh and tossed in a seasoning mix that is full of flavor without the sometimes repulsive garlic heat. I love that some of the chips are just plain huge, and that they are fried just seconds short of too long.

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  • Pappo in Alameda

    Pappo

    My own meal was penne pasta bolognese made with ground beef from Prather Ranch, cream, Pecorino cheese, and fresh herbs. It wasn't a revelatory combination of ingredients, but that didn't matter - the bolognese was simply excellent. I would guess the tomato sauce included either sundried or oven-roasted tomatoes to produce its springlike vibrancy, and the basil, and perhaps tarragon, shone in the simple sauce. It was delicious.

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  • Star Bene Inc in Santa Cruz

    Star Bene Inc

    I'd stick with the pasta-or better yet, the Argentinian specials-if I were you. Star Bene is an average Italian restaurant, though the empanada was memorable enough to make me think it's an above average Argentinian one. Unfortunately, it also had my years of expectations from college fantasies to contend with, and thus I was satisfied but not overly impressed.

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  • Tartine Bakery in San Francisco

    Tartine Bakery

    The morning buns are the most hyped of Tartine's baked goods, and for good reason. The whole bun is dusted in sugar. It features wonderfully crunchy edges and a bottom soaked in a faintly orange syrup, which creates a hard coating that was too hard in a few spots. But once you taste that butter soaked into the morning bun's layers, your appreciation for it can only deepen.

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  • Caffe Greco in San Francisco

    Caffe Greco

    Brass rails, cherry wood chairs, and fake marble tables appeal to me in a way that only Italian cafes in US metropolitan areas can. The wall decorations could be more imaginative than vintage Italian food advertisements, but I suppose thatís part of what makes it classic.

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  • Cafe Rumi in Castro Valley

    Cafe Rumi

    I fear I may be eating far more gyros than I should in the near future. Cafe Rumi also offers platters of their kebab and gyro meat, and you can get Turkish-style coffee if youíre in the mood, which I plan to do with my husband sometime soon. Both times Iíve been, a steady stream of patrons have wandered in and out of the space, and I couldn't help but overhear many of them compliment the cafe on the coffee, food, and desserts. Free Wi-Fi, wonderful food, unique coffee? Iím set.

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  • Bijou Restaurant & Bar in Hayward

    Bijou Restaurant & Bar

    For this dinner, the best course ended up being my first one, a puff pastry served with lobster, carrots, and peas in a Pernod sauce. The puff pastry was almost overbrowned, which is the perfect time to serve it in my opinion. The delicate sauce showed off the succulent lobster bites, and the peas and carrots hearkened back to a traditional pot pie.

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  • Olea in San Francisco

    Olea

    That cast-iron pan contained a rich stew of bacon, pork, garbanzo beans, spinach, parmesan, tomatillo sauce, and two eggs cooked right to the edge of runny. My friend could not stop praising its savoriness. My one bite was enough to confirm her opinion. It was stew done well, with each ingredient lending the others its best properties.

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  • The Bulldog in New Orleans

    The Bulldog

    This time around, we'll walk through the Garden district, stop for meals, beers, and streetcar rides, and finish the visit up with bourbon, breakfast, and one last Jackson Square view. Let's go!

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  • Bourbon House in New Orleans

    Bourbon House

    This time around, we'll walk through the Garden district, stop for meals, beers, and streetcar rides, and finish the visit up with bourbon, breakfast, and one last Jackson Square view. Let's go!

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  • Stanley in New Orleans

    Stanley

    This time around, we'll walk through the Garden district, stop for meals, beers, and streetcar rides, and finish the visit up with bourbon, breakfast, and one last Jackson Square view. Let's go!

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  • Parizade in Durham

    Parizade

    If you are interested in celebrating the Mediterranean and want to spend a relaxing Friday night indulging your taste buds, you will get your money's worth with Parizade's prix fixe offerings.

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  • City Beverage in Durham

    City Beverage

    This restaurant has a reputation for playful dishes and decor with occasionally lax service and a hipsterish vibe that some folks interpret as unwelcoming, finding the whole place overhyped. My opinion is much less complicated: itís within walking distance of my house, and I could live off the chicken nachos if I needed to. In fact, I might welcome it.

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  • Saint Jacques French Cuisine

    Saint Jacques is an expensive choice but one with plenty of creativity and the refined technique needed to pull it off. Despite a few qualms, itís worthy of the occasional splurge for Triangle diners.

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  • Noodles and Company in Durham

    Noodles and Company

    So if you're in the mood for a spring asparagus dish, Noodles & Company has your back! All three special items are worth ordering, though I give the flatbread an edge. And go ahead and spoil yourself with that tres leches cake.

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  • Rapture in Charlottesville

    Rapture

    I can definitely recommend Rapture for brunch on the downtown mall. It was close to ideal, and what wasn't ideal captured my curiosity regardless.

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  • FLIGHTS North Hills Restaurant and Lounge in Raleigh

    FLIGHTS North Hills Restaurant and Lounge

    The small plates are affordable and plenty of food, in my experience, so I'd recommend ordering from it. But before we ordered at all, we were given amuse bouches of crab and shrimp on parmesan crostini with raspberry coulis and pesto.

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  • Chef & The Farmer in Kinston

    Chef & The Farmer

    I can recommend Chef and the Farmer without reservations - though you should probably make some of those. My complaints are confined to the entrée, and it was a good dish despite a few qualms. The rest of the food was beyond impressive and well worth a day trip to Kinston.

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  • Bahama Breeze in Raleigh

    Bahama Breeze

    We went for the pulled pork sliders, served with a sweet barbecue sauce. NC readers, these didnít try to mimic the vinegar-tang of your local barbecue, so no need to rise up in arms! The meat was juicy, closer to chopped than pulled in texture, and came on soft, buttery buns. They need the vinegar- and tomato-based sauce to liven them up, and crisper pickles with a strong bite would do wonders to make them more memorable, but it was a nice way to round out the meal.

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  • Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill

    Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at the Carolina Inn

    I want to extend my thanks to the Carolina Crossroads team for a delicious feast that conquered us all with the sheer magnitude of food and the imagination shown in the creative pairings. Try that winter menu while you can, especially the oysters, red velvet mousse, lamb terrine, and pulled duck and tuna sandwiches.

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  • Firehouse Subs in Cary

    Firehouse Subs

    Two weeks ago, I was invited to the Firehouse Subs on Kildaire Farms Road in Cary for a night of sub sandwich and soda tasting with my blogging peers. The real draw for me was the chance to hear Robin Sorenson, who founded Firehouse Subs with his brother Chris, speak about the origins of the company, their goals, and their nonprofit work.

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  • Carousel Bar in New Orleans

    Carousel Bar

    In this post, we'll take a look at all the tantalizing libations Ben and I imbibed in the Big Easy in early December. You may question this claim by the end, but I swear we weren't drinking at all times. Sometimes, we were walking. Walking off-kilter, but walking nonetheless.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant in New Orleans

    Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant

    In this post, we'll take a look at all the tantalizing libations Ben and I imbibed in the Big Easy in early December. You may question this claim by the end, but I swear we weren't drinking at all times. Sometimes, we were walking. Walking off-kilter, but walking nonetheless.

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  • Old Absinthe House in New Orleans

    Old Absinthe House

    In this post, we'll take a look at all the tantalizing libations Ben and I imbibed in the Big Easy in early December. You may question this claim by the end, but I swear we weren't drinking at all times. Sometimes, we were walking. Walking off-kilter, but walking nonetheless.

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  • East Coast Chinese Food Express in Durham

    East Coast Chinese Food Express

    Iím bummed I didn't notice the chicken-stuffed tofu skins until after I ordered. The Americanized options didn't blow me away except for those spare ribs, but they were a lot better than my other nearby Chinese spots.

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  • Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar in Cary

    Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar

    Maximillian's follows the school of huge entrée portions. Each one was easily two meals, and they were all served with four slices of deliciously charred zucchini. I loved the unusual chile rellano filling; usually, a rellano is chockfull of cheese with or without meat.

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  • The Marigny Brasserie in New Orleans

    The Marigny Brasserie

    Why, you might ask, are you focusing on dining at night in New Orleans? Isn't the food there good anytime? Of course it is! But one must make distinctions between their blog posts somehow, and with the massive amount of eating we did in New Orleans.

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  • Cafe du Monde Coffee Stand Office in New Orleans

    Cafe du Monde Coffee Stand Office

    Why, you might ask, are you focusing on dining at night in New Orleans? Isn't the food there good anytime? Of course it is! But one must make distinctions between their blog posts somehow, and with the massive amount of eating we did in New Orleans.

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  • Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans

    Crescent City Brewhouse

    Why, you might ask, are you focusing on dining at night in New Orleans? Isn't the food there good anytime? Of course it is! But one must make distinctions between their blog posts somehow, and with the massive amount of eating we did in New Orleans.

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  • Ahoy Fish and Chips in Yakima

    Ahoy Fish and Chips

    Different quantities of fish and chips and hamburgers are about all that's on the menu. Their batter is tempura, which also works quite well for ... tempura vegetables! Zucchini, onion, and carrots were the stars.

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  • Weathervane in Chapel Hill

    Weathervane

    The restaurant is done in creams and browns, and thereís a swooping feel to the inviting bar on the right as you enter and the main dining room that manages to feel intimate.

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  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh

    Poole's Downtown Diner

    At the end of the evening, I was convinced that Poole's designation as a required stop for Triangle foodies is earned, but I questioned whether the inconveniences would make it worthwhile for the average patron who just wants a good meal.

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