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Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

It was 100 degrees when I pulled up to a plaza of small Vietnamese restaurants and markets at Story Road and McLaughlin Avenue. Barren and aged, this looked to be the last place on earth to host the freshest, most Insta-worthy cafe in the South…

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Pizzetta 408: Slice to Meet You

Pizzetta 408: Slice to Meet You

To understand the power of pizza in this country, one need only consider it’s the only specific type of food that has its own Washington, D.C., lobbying group. And for good reason: Americans reportedly eat 41 million slices of pizza on any given day from…

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Authentic as the Moon: Luna Mexican Kitchen

Authentic as the Moon: Luna Mexican Kitchen

The nose starts to run and the tongue begins to burn, but the senses demand more. More beans, more corn and more chile. These are the holy trinity, says Jo Lerma-Lopez, owner and chef of Luna Mexican Kitchen, the newest restaurant on The Alameda in…

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Coconut’s Fish Cafe Brings Island Spirit to Cupertino

Coconut’s Fish Cafe Brings Island Spirit to Cupertino

Chad and Lisa Webb want to bring the “Aloha Spirit” to Cupertino. Never an easy feat. But for those unfamiliar with the highly touted Hawaiian fast-casual dining chain, which got its start in Maui, Coconut’s Fish Cafe is one of those rare restaurants that receive…

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Finding Paradise in a Poke Bowl

Finding Paradise in a Poke Bowl

A hidden oasis welcomes guests with views of giant lakes, a forest of green, red and orange leaves. Up above, colorful butterflies hover. As the angels sing, a light shines down on the golden fish lying behind the glass. Poke Paradise clearly has higher aspirations…

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Uproar Brewing Co. Makes Long-Anticipated Debut

Uproar Brewing Co. Makes Long-Anticipated Debut

Just a little ways out from Uproar Brewing Co.’s grand opening, the guys were getting a little annoyed with how often they had to turn away the local fire department. It wasn’t a fire code concern—the off duty firefighters were just looking for a cold…

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1621 Bistro Has a Passion for Island-Inspired Cuisine

1621 Bistro Has a Passion for Island-Inspired Cuisine

Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes it comes from modest goals, as is the case for Lawrence Lemery, owner of 1621 Bistro—the newest gastropub in San Jose’s Northside. “Our real inspiration is to offer good food to the neighborhood we grew up in,” he says….

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Rootstock Wine Bar: Wine Tips for 2017

Rootstock Wine Bar: Wine Tips for 2017

Summer is coming. That may not sound as ominous as winter, but here in breezy Northern California the number of wine options can sometimes leave non-sommeliers in a state of paralysis by analysis. In steps Will Sundquist, wine director for Rootstock Wine Bar. A Los…

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IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop: Craft Beer Tips

IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop: Craft Beer Tips

One of the first things people notice when they look up IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop in Milpitas is that the 6-month-old craft beer bar has no phone. Anyone interested in finding out what’s available on the 50 taps, or what’s featured in the rotating…

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Haberdasher: Drink Well in Summer 2017

Haberdasher: Drink Well in Summer 2017

We live in an age when people revel in their ignorance, even when good information has never been easier to access. Save the politics. We’re talking cocktails. Not too long ago Haberdasher owner Cache Bouren—the progenitor of craft cocktails in Silicon Valley—sent along an instructional…

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