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Zach Mann

A Street Food Named Desire

A Street Food Named Desire

by Zach Mann August 1, 2013

Her neighbor wasn’t no backcountry hillbilly. Our cab driver stressed this point. She was telling us about the annual barbecues she attended out in the New Orleans suburbs, hosted by her neighbor, the chef. His specialty was squirrel and raccoon. “But gourmet,” she insisted. “It’s […]

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Single Serving: Italian Beef Sandwich at Mr. Beef in Chicago

Single Serving: Italian Beef Sandwich at Mr. Beef in Chicago

by Zach Mann June 26, 2013

Chicago’s River North has been in constant change over the last few decades, from its heritage as an industrial shithole, to a warehouse district, then artists’ bohemia. The neighborhood is now the city’s dine-out frontrunner, home to more restaurants per inch than anywhere in the […]

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Sugarcoating Old New Orleans

Sugarcoating Old New Orleans

by Zach Mann June 10, 2013

“Did you see the Chris Owens special?” A wiry gentleman, in cargo shorts and Tilley hat, leaned back in a plastic chair and lit a cigarette. He was speaking to a Midwestern couple with daiquiris in hand, drunk and jovial on the back patio of […]

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Single Serving: Tortillas and Salsa at Casablanca in Venice, CA

Single Serving: Tortillas and Salsa at Casablanca in Venice, CA

by Zach Mann April 1, 2013

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Casablanca Restaurant is the most conflicted. The parking spaces are named after Bogey, Bergman and costars. A sign in the lot welcomes all comers to “Casablanca, Venice,” but another by the door […]

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The Burger Navel of the Universe

The Burger Navel of the Universe

by Zach Mann January 20, 2013

A late drive home in Los Angeles can cause fast food tunnel vision. Every highway exit is known to peckish nocturnals for its proximate combo-meal temptations. Fortunately, for my health, the two most convenient options between the 10 freeway and my place are Jack in […]

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Mission of Burma San Francisco

Mission of Burma San Francisco

by Zach Mann January 14, 2013

This post is retrospective (not a ranking) on six Burmese restaurants in San Francisco. Since completing the series, Zach has left the Bay Area for the broader pastures of Los Angeles, where he continues to write for The Eaten Path. Some friends and I were […]

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The Scent of Chili Oil Rises

The Scent of Chili Oil Rises

by Zach Mann August 1, 2012

Sometimes I glance at a clock and retroactively feel hungry. This happened often when I worked from home in San Francisco, when the sun would fall low enough to stab me in the eyes before I remembered to take my lunch break. Then I’d open […]

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Burmese Two Ways

Burmese Two Ways

by Zach Mann June 26, 2012

This story is fifth and last in a series on Burmese food in San Francisco. I’ve lived in Santa Monica a week now. Yet the other day, as I sat in a coffee shop, in walked a handsome man in his mid-thirties, designer sunglasses, with […]

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Once Upon a Time in The Richmond District

Once Upon a Time in The Richmond District

by Zach Mann May 2, 2012

San Francisco’s Richmond district is a long BART and bus ride away from where I once lived in the East Bay, a distant land as far as college me was concerned. But in 2003 I made the trek for a noir film festival and thought, […]

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