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The new and improved menu at Herbivore on Valencia is delicious. My favorites so far are the fajitas with soy chicken chunks and the nachos! If you didn’t like Herbivore before, you should give the new menu a go. There are some tasty new items to try.
— Natasha Barnes

Stopped by Zeitgeist on the beautiful Saturday afternoon this past weekend. Hadn’t had a burger there in a while. Prices have gone up, now $8 for a cheeseburger. Still worth it, but tasted just a little better when it felt like a steal! — Holly Wojcak

My love affair with Knead began two months back when I was on my way to pick up my morning coffee from Philz. In the doorway of what I thought was Local: Mission Eatery, there it was: a cart filled with all sorts of freshly baked pastries and cookies taunting me, tempting me to say to hell with those skinny jeans and indulge my cravings. It took me a whole, ummmmmm, three seconds to cave in, and now I can say it was the best decision I’ve ever made. In my opinion, the Pomme de Amore should go on a top 10 list of the best pastries ever. To read more about Knead’s pastries, click here. — Kelsey Elliot

Tried the mix [sic] vegetable uthappam for the first time at the all-vegetarian Udupi Palace. I’ve had several good dishes here in the past, but I guess my luck ran out. It’s best described as Indian flat-bread pizza, if you can use the word pizza to describe big slabs of mushy dough. I was hoping for big, fresh, chunky, curried vegetables on top, but instead got what looked like vegetable flakes that had been brought back to life. The three chutneys and soup on the side were actually quite tasty, so I used the uthappam as a medium for eating those. I finished it, but with about as much enthusiasm as you would a form at the DMV. — Carlisle Haworth

I had an amazing pastrami sandwich at Jablow’s Meats, a pop-up that operates out of Beast and the Hare on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., where Wise Sons Deli used to be. Dan Jablow, owner/operator, called pastrami “The king of all meats,” and said it was his best seller — I see why. It’s perfectly salted and seasoned, soft and smoky, the result of his “low and slow” cooking method that utilizes charcoal for texture and mesquite wood for depth of flavor. — Noah Arroyo

Panang curry at Krua Thai. I checked this place out, went on the early side of the dinner hour, and it wasn’t crowded. My curry was delicious and filling, and the food was beautifully presented. I usually don’t love tofu in curries, but this was nicely seasoned and crispy, and the dish was full of veggies, too. When the plate arrived I thought it was too much food, but ended up finishing it all. Most of the people at my table were happy with their dishes, but I had a bite of a friend’s pad thai and I advise you to skip it; have the pad see ew if you want a noodle dish. I think this place has better Thai food than any other around, but that’s not saying much. Also, the service was terrible. I’d definitely think about it for takeout. — Hadley Robinson

Grilled flatbread at Universal Cafe. In many ways, this is the best pizza in the neighborhood — or at least the thinnest. It’s almost cracker-like, but can take the cheese, fennel and caramelized onions spread on today’s without getting soggy. — Lydia Chavez

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