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Zach Mann

Daihatsu Days: A Brief Memoir From the Japanese Road

Daihatsu Days: A Brief Memoir From the Japanese Road

by Zach Mann January 10, 2016

A Japan food road trip, from Kochi City to Kyoto. Driving on the Left Side of the Pacific Ocean — Feb 9, 2012 The first time I stepped into a car in Japan was at the Kochi City train station. Josh met us in front […]

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Mission of Burma: An Exploration of Burmese Food in San Francisco

Mission of Burma: An Exploration of Burmese Food in San Francisco

by Zach Mann January 10, 2016

We Are Burmese If You Please — Jun 22, 2011 The middle-class white person is a fickle eater. We can be picky about our special diets, about unfamiliar ingredients, about foods that our palates might insist are too greasy or too salty, and we can […]

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Vaya Con Diego: A Deep Dive into the Mexican cuisines of San Diego

Vaya Con Diego: A Deep Dive into the Mexican cuisines of San Diego

by Zach Mann January 10, 2016

Cocina Roulette — Feb 11, 2010 The praises of San Diego’s Mexican food, when shared with me, have always fallen on deaf ears. I’m from LA, after all. Taco trucks saturated the mise en scène of my childhood, family restaurantes set the scene for most […]

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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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