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  • Ruth Lafler Nov 12, 2001 05:28 PM
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Despite all its failings, FoodTV is still better than 90 percent of what's out there, so now that baseball season is over, it's my "default" channel on the weekends.

This weekend I was rewarded by catching an episode of "Legendary Hangouts" devoted to San Francisco and narrated by Morley Safer. It was an interesting blend of history and food-talk, focusing on four "legendary hangouts": Tadich's, Yank Sing (probably the weakest segment, as they were trying to make a place that isn't particularly historic or representative of Chinatown seem to be just that), the St. Francis and The Top of the Mark (both these were more about their social history than food, although the descriptions of the kitchen of the St. Francis under Chef Victor were fabulous).

Actually, now that I think about it, these choices did make sense in that they each represent a different era in SF history: Gold Rush (Tadich's), early 1900s (the St. Francis), WWII (a lovely nostalgic bit about the significance to sevicemen at The Top of the Mark), and the post-modern Pacific Rim era (Yank Sing, with its fusion dim sum).

Anyway, I despite the fact that it wasn't very sophisticated on a food level, I really enjoyed it (although I could have done without commentary from da Mayor). Anyone else see it?

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  1. Saw it too and really enjoyed it. My wife and I were staying at the Clift a couple of years ago when Morley Safer came into the lobby with some other people he was working with. Maybe they were putting this show together, but I don't know how long it takes to get these types of shows finished and on the air? I think SF has some of the most interesting history, from restaurants to crime writers to you name it.