Posts for April 25, 2012

Way Out Café Opens in La Lengua; Split Bread Comes to SoMa

La Lengua: The Way Out Café just opened in the former Caffeinated Comics space at 3188 Mission. [Uptown Almanac]
Upper Haight: There's been some construction action at People's Cafe (1419 Haight), which was damaged by a fire last summer. A reopening date is still TBA. [Uppercasing]
Also, Taqueria El Balazo (1654 Haight) is in the process of being sold. [Uppercasing]
SoMa/Downtown: Something called Split Bread (could it be sandwiches?) is coming to 145 4th Street. [Grub Street]
Richmond: Angelo's Café at 2314 Clement (between 24th and 25th Avenues) is closed. [RichmondSF]

Grab a Ticket for the Brewtruc Beer Garden

Remember how we told you about Brewtruc, Hugh Schick's mobile tap room on a schoolbus? Well, it's been rolling around to various events in town, and Saturday they're hooking up with ForageSF for an event to benefit Forage Kitchen at 246 Ritch Street. $20 gets you in and gets you ten five-ounce pours of obscure beers like Muddy Puddle's Stupid Flanders, and Poplar Brewing Co.'s Rhubarb Red. Tickets are going fast, so buy one here. [Trucmeister/Twitter]

Sneak a Peek at the Menu at St. Vincent, Due (Probably) Next Week

The new signs at the former Heart space.Photo: Grub Street

Some new signage just went up yesterday outside St. Vincent (1270 Valencia at 24th), and owner and former Quince wine director David Lynch tells us the restaurant is likely going to open late next week, pending any last-minute delays. Also, chef Bill Niles (formerly sous chef at Bar Tartine) has unveiled his menu, and Lynch has let us in on a few more details about the place, which is basically a wine-centric tavern with a extra-deep wine list and a tight menu of New American plates. "I started out using the term 'American osteria,'" Lynch says of his initial marketing copy. "Then I realized there's a word for 'osteria' in English, and that's 'tavern.'"

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Fun New Blog Mocks Castro Haunts

The illustration for 'When you remember Blackbird is cash only.'

As big-city gay ghettos go, the Castro isn't exactly glamorous. It's ripe for parody, in fact. Enter Castro Gays, a new Tumblr that takes great pleasure in poking fun at various bars and restaurants in the 'hood, as well as various clichés of S.F. gay life, using a flickering onslaught of animated GIFs. Never has squeezing your way to the bathroom at Qbar been so amusing. [Castro Gays/Tumblr]

Hawk’s Tavern in Mill Valley Hires Third Chef in Five Months

Hawk's Tavern

We haven't heard a ton about Hawk's Tavern, the new restaurant that opened in December from restaurateur Peter Schumacher (Buckeye Roadhouse) and consulting chef Tyler Florence. Florence designed the menu, but the restaurant's had some trouble holding on to a day-to-day chef. As the Scoop reports, they've just hired Joe Waggoner, a former sous chef at Florence's Wayfare Tavern, but only after the departures of opening chef Michael Thiemann, who lasted a month, and Rob Lind, who's lasted three. In other news, they just started brunch. [Scoop]

Watch Mission Chinese Food’s Danny Bowien Eat His Way Through Sichuan on Bon App’s Dime

We already knew that Bon App's Andrew Knowlton loves S.F.'s Mission Chinese Food — and his was one of many accolades that led chef Danny Bowien to decide to expand to New York. Knowlton and Bowien just got back from touring around China's Sichuan Province, where Bowien had never been, and Bon App just uploaded a video montage of their gastronomic tour. There were, apparently, some good chile-braised chicken feet, but we don't think we saw them.

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Bayless: The Chef, the Actor ... and Now the App

Got an iPhone, $2.99, and a hunger for authentic Mexican food? Then Rick Bayless: Mexican Essentials is for you. The Frontera chef's first app has just been released by Chronicle Books, containing 35 interactive Mexican recipes, 40 instructional videos, a guide to storage and use of 32 key ingredients including Bayless's own audio instructions, and various other search tools and geegaws. For a limited time you can get it for $2 off the $4.99 price. [iTunes]

At Least One Michelin Inspector Not Down With the Poultry-Aging Trend

"[Had] aged duck and aged pigeon at two diff[erent] places recently. I say leave the aging to wine and cheese — poultry gets super gamey and leathery." — One of our anonymous, Twitter-happy local Michelin inspectors, who may have recently dined at Saison. [MichelinGuideSF/Twitter, Earlier]

Kauffman Says the New Original Joe’s Is Long on Charm, Short on Kitsch

The new red leatherette booths.

Jonathan Kauffman says it "feels like interloping" and is kind of like "walking into your new husband's family reunion" to dine at the new Original Joe's in North Beach. But, he notes, "There is no kitsch to the restaurant's evocation of its past: a marvel in itself." He admits to never having eaten at the original Original Joe's, on Taylor Street, and that's probably a good thing. He says the upgraded ingredients and warm, dark-wood vibe all work for the place, though not everything is cooked well. He finds they do a "fine job" with a New York strip, serve up a decadent plate of sweetbreads, and the spaghetti with his spaghetti and meatballs was a competent al dente. And, wittily, he notes that restaurants that make top-ten lists this days don't generally come with the kind of old-school charm of a place like this, where you might run into a guy at the next urinal who "claimed to have kissed Marilyn Monroe in the back of the restaurant when it was still Fior d'Italia," and where it feels like you stepped back in time to the days when North Beach was "teeming with Army and Navy men, and you could still hear Italian in Little Italy." [SF Weekly]

Burger King Will Go Humane ... In Half a Decade

As we all learned in Food, Inc., the fast-food industry plays a huge role in dictating the practices of industrial farms in this country. Today Burger King announced that they plan to get their pork and poultry products from 100 percent cage-free sources by 2017, inadvertently reminding us all that their eggs and bacon currently come from sad, dark places that reek of death and feces.

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Oprah Winfrey Hits Scarpetta, Buys Homeless Man a Meal

"You get pasta! And you get pasta!"

Oprah Winfrey continues to be the closest thing America has to a real wizard, materializing new cars, free therapy, and fistfuls of cash for those in need with just a simple snap of her fingers. Today, "Page Six" reveals that Big O was recently eating a five-course dinner on the patio of Scarpetta in Beverly Hills with a few power players from her OWN Network. During the meal, a man approached and asked, "Oprah can you help a homeless guy get a bowl of soup, please?" Check this out: Instead of screaming for security, Oprah literally just said out loud, possibly to no one in particular, "Please, can we get him some money, get him a meal," and lo, it was done. A tablemate immediately handed the dude a "wad of cash" and the restaurant began serving him. Now that's magic. Then again, maybe it's just Scarpetta that has people feeling generous, as similarly juicy Jay-Z dropped a $50,000 tip on the waitstaff here in August. [NYP]

Mr. Bauer Is Back in the Building, Blogging About Fried Chicken

Fried chicken with hush puppies and some wan green beans at Atlanta's Busy Bee Cafe.

Michael Bauer just returned from his vacation down south (he was in L.A. visiting friends and then in Kansas City for his annual homecoming sojourn, as well as making jaunts to Atlanta, Memphis, and elsewhere). As he did when he was there last year and because he loves the stuff, he went on a fried-chicken tour, testing out battered birds in several southern cities. He declares his favorite of the bunch to be Atlanta's Busy Bee Cafe, and he also adds that he had "excellent" meals in L.A. at Farmshop, Son of a Gun, and Michael Voltaggio's new place Ink (Editors' Note: We didn't think it was all that). [Between Meals/Scoop]

Annnd the Latest Teen-Drinking Trend Is ... Hand Sanitizer

Oh, kids. If they're not stealing their parents' prescription meds or sniffing Pixy Stix (is that still a thing?), they're ... guzzling hand sanitizer. That's right: The latest trend in teen intoxication involves squirting back Purell and its ilk, which contain 62 percent ethyl alcohol. Six youngsters have already been rushed to emergency rooms in Southern California, and doctors are reporting that they were pretty drunk but completely bacteria-free, which is more than you can claim about a Four Loko habit. [NYDN]

Fan Accidentally Douses Obama in Fro-Yo, But He’s Cool With It

He's been hit with worse.Photo: Daily Camera

There's a moral in here somewhere: The POTUS dropped by Boulder college pub the Sink en route to an engagement at the University of Colorado ... and ended up with pants covered in purple fro-yo. An excited bystander dropped her dessert on the ground as he strode past, splashing his trousers, but Obama gamely cleaned it up himself, even saying to the woman: "Getting yogurt on the president, that's a good story." Hopefully he had a change of clothes in his motorcade. Untroubled by his soiled attire, Obama even autographed the ceiling next to man-about-town Guy Fieri's signature and listened while a pub patron told him about her plans to open a cheese-fry shop. What would obesity opponent MObama think of that idea? [Daily Camera]


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  • 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