Posts for April 10, 2012

Locanda Chef Anthony Strong, Samin Nosrat to Tell Their Kitchen War Stories

Something called the Porch Light Storytelling Series, which devotes nights of readings to people from various professions, is doing a night next week devoted to restaurant industry tales called "Kitchen Confidential" (borrowing a title from Mr. Bourdain). Monday's event will feature true-life tales from Locanda chef Anthony Strong, BBQ expert Dontaye Ball, food writer Stephanie Lucianovic, and cook/teacher/writer Samin Nosrat. The cover is $15, and this all happens at 8 p.m., April 16, at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa Street). [SFoodie]

Actually Pretty Awesome: Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken at Brasa

Our favorite was the green stuff.Photo: J. Barmann/Grub Street

We recently had a chance to check out Brasa, the new, fast-casual replacement for eVe in Berkeley from the same couple who opened eVe, Christopher and Veronica Laramie. The Laramies have another, bigger project in the works, which sounds like an expanded version of eVe in an as-yet-undisclosed location. But for now they decided to concentrate on a Peruvian chicken joint that pays tribute to Veronica's heritage, and which will hopefully run itself once they begin work on the new project. And if the chicken we tasted is any indication, we think Brasa will be there for a long time.

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Local Edition, From the Bourbon & Branch Guys, Opens Thursday in the Hearst Building

Swanky new downtown digs.

Grub Street broke the news about Local Edition last summer, and though we've been trying to get an update out of the Bourbon & Branch guys recently, Urban Daddy and Tablehopper beat us to the punch with word that the bar is opening way ahead of schedule this Thursday, April 12. As reported earlier, the bar replaces what was formerly The Manhattan Lounge in an underground space below the Hearst Building at 691 Market Street — the room was historically the printing room for William Randolph Hearst's Examiner and The Call back in the day, thus the name Local Edition. And rather than a speakeasy theme, this time the retro theme will the 1950s, and the cocktail list from bar manager Ian Scalzo uses names of people and events from that era.

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Pop-Up Watch: Hapa Ramen Preview Tonight at WingWings; Sweet Jo’s Chili at The Window

Nakano at work on ramen bowls.

It's icky out today. So it's quite timely that there are two pop-up options this evening that should do a good job of warming you up and helping you get through the rain. First off, Richie Nakano brings his Hapa Ramen magic to Wing Wings (422 Haight Street near Webster) tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is actually a preview of potential menu items for Hapa Ramen's upcoming brick-and-mortar spot next door to State Bird Provisions at 1527 Fillmore Street, which will be called, simply, Hapa.

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Drunk Marina Lady Attacks Local Restaurant Guy With Stiletto [Updated]

Matt Meidinger, the general manager at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen who formerly managed Clock Bar over at the St. Francis, is eagerly seeking out a belligerent drunk woman who clocked him on the head with her high-heeled shoes before fleeing in a cab the other night. Meidinger tweets that he "spent the night in the ER" on Saturday/early Sunday following the incident because the blonde suspect apparently "cracked [his] skull" with the force of her blow.

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Kippu Opens in Japantown

Grub Street discovers a new addition to Japantown today: Kippu (1707 Buchanan Street at Sutter), in the space formerly occupied by Miyako. They're softly open now, and have a pair of Yelp reviews to show for themselves, and it looks like there'll be a grand opening shortly. Also: The short ribs are allegedly quite good. [Grub Street]

What to Eat at Namu Gaji, Opening Tomorrow

Namu Gaji, Dolores and 18th

Namu Gaji, the Dolores Park-adjacent rebirth of Namu, makes its debut tomorrow, April 11, at the corner of 18th and Dolores, and fans of chef Dennis Lee are damn excited. We brought you some photos on Friday, and just now the team sent us the full menu, which includes a variety of small and larger plates for sharing, including dumplings, sizzling charred octopus; pickles; a mixed tempura with shiso leaf, uni, and market vegetables; as well as some raw items. At the center of the menu are some unique Japanese grill items, including "fish parts"; pickled beef tongue with spring onion; "semi-dried" Monterey squid with green garlic and cured salmon roe; and what are sure to be interesting skewers of "chicken parts" and "pig parts."

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Copita, Complete With 24-Hour Carnitas, Arrives in Sausalito April 28

Joanne Weir and Larry Mindel

Last fall we first heard the news that PBS chef and cookbook author Joanne Weir was teaming with restaurateur Larry Mindel (Il Fornaio, Poggio) to open a new tequila bar and restaurant on Sausalito's main drag. The name of the place is Copita (739 Bridgeway), and the concept comes straight out of one of Weir's most recent books, Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites. The place is now set to softly open on April 28, with a grand opening May 1, and we've got a few more menu details for you.

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Many of Bauer’s Readers Dislike Noise, Live in Walnut Creek

Mr. Bauer takes to the blog this a.m. to review some of the most common complaints he receives in the weeks after the annual release of his Top 100 list. He says he's "still getting emails" with various reactions, many of which have to do with favorite neighborhood gems that got left off. But chief among the examples he shares today are complaints about all the noisy restaurants he chose (58 out of this year's 100 had a four-bell or "bomb" rating), and how little attention gets paid to the Peninsula and the outer East Bay. "Give me the 'lesser restaurants' on the Peninsula where I can park and I can feel safe getting to my car," proclaims one South Bay reader who clearly doesn't get the point of a best-of list. To all of these complaints Bauer responds, "The simple answer is that the restaurants are better in San Francisco and Napa Valley." So, sorry, Walnut Creek. You've got Va de Vi. Deal with it. [Between Meals/Scoop, Earlier]

22 Other Things Pizza Hut Should Stuff Into Its Crusts

This is only the beginning.

Now that Pizza Huts in the UK are offering pizza crusts stuffed with hot dogs, it would seem we've reached the pinnacle of human achievement. Hardly. Here's a bunch of other crap that, to the best of our knowledge, has yet to be stuffed into a pizza crust.

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Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Lucca Food Store See the menu

    “Billy's Philly”

    Billy is only there after 5 pm but if you are around go there and ask for his billy philly, the best philly you'll find this side of the Mississippi.

  • Le P'tit Laurent See the menu

    “Elegant Sauces & Fabulous Bread”

    It is the place me and my love go for every intimate moment.

  • Hidive See the menu

    “Are you kidding?”

    You have to be totally drunk to think that this is even acceptable as a public watering hole.


Jay Barmann
NY Mag