Posts for May 15, 2012

SoMa Streat Food Park Nears; a Wine Bar Pops Up at El Rio; and More

SoMa: The much anticipated new food-truck pod, the SoMa Streat Food Park (346 11th Street at Division) is getting close, and organizer Carlos Muela has just a few more permit hurdles before opening. There will be free wifi, bathrooms, covered seating, room for ten trucks per shift, and, eventually, a beer garden. Stay tuned. [SFist, Earlier]
Mission: This Friday, May 18, a wine bar called Mugsy will be popping up at El Rio, featuring wines from four urban wineries in the inner Bay Area, and free oysters. [Tablehopper]
Outer Sunset: A very persnickety reader of Michael Bauer's recently found that the tip calculations on the bottom of their bill at the surfer-staffed Pizza Place on Noriega are a whopping 1.3% off. They felt cheated. Bauer blogged about it. But c'mon... they're surfers. And we're talking about nickels here. [Between Meals/Scoop]
Bayview: The Wholesale Produce Market is getting a $100 million influx of cash from the city to expand and modernize over the next ten years. [Chron]

Emily Luchetti Elected Chair of James Beard Board

San Francisco's own pastry chef extraordinaire, Emily Luchetti (Waterbar, Farallon), was just elected chair of the board of the James Beard Foundation in New York. She's served on the board for six years already, and was most recently vice-chair. Just last week she was named to the org's prestigious Who's Who at the James Beard Awards. [Scoop]

Reminder: Del Popolo Launches Tonight

Del Popolo

Former Flour + Water pizzaiolo Jon Darsky and his team have been skulking around downtown with their somewhat conspicuous, awesome, glass-walled, wood-oven pizza truck Del Popolo for the past week. Tonight, however, they're taking it fully public with a launch event outside Bar Agricole (11th and Harrison), starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending whenever they run out of pizza. Look for them in the coming days near Jackson Square at Jackson and Front Streets at lunch time, and other TBA locations, by watching their Twitter. As for tonight, please don't all come at once.

Forage Kitchen Launches Kickstarter Campaign, Raises Thousands In a Few Hours

Forage Kitchen, the upcoming new venture from Underground Market founder Iso Rabins, is finally taking shape. Rabins launched a Kickstarter campaign today to raise $150,000 to build out the SoMa-based community kitchen/café/ office space that will serve as a hub for both curious home cooks and budding food crafters alike. And because the topic of urban homesteading and artisan pickle-making is so close to so many San Franciscans' hearts, the project has already raised almost $4,000 in just a few hours. That puts Rabins and ForageSF well on their way to their goal, which they've got 45 days to reach.

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How Bad Can Eating at Your Desk Really Be?

Not actually lethal.

Have you heard? If you eat at your desk, something you might be doing right this very moment, you could be doubling your risk of developing fatal blood clots. So says a new study, maybe, possibly. But we've been hearing for years about how bad eating at your desk is, and yet Americans, including us, continue to do it with alarming frequency, yet here we are. Alive and free of blood clots. So we're calling bullshit.

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Butter Love Bakeshop Brings Pies to the Castro, at Least Two Days a Week

Butter Love's apricot-cherry pie.

Butter Love Bakeshop is a one-woman, mostly delivery venture started by baker Esa Yonn-Braun. It was talked up twice in the pages of SF Weekly last year (Kauffman named her apricot-cherry pie one of his five favorite dishes of the year), and now Yonn-Braun is starting her first brick-and-mortar operation, from a counter inside Adorabella's Deli (4401 18th Street at Eureka). As of tomorrow she'll only be there twice a week, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and this is the first time she'll be doing something besides the wholesale and delivery thing — also the first time she's venturing into savory pies and sandwiches, too.

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West of Pecos Opens for Real on Valencia Street

Apart from Green Chile Kitchen and the soon-to-shutter Four Corners, San Francisco hasn't had a lot of southwestern food to choose from. Well, as of tonight, there is a new cowboy-themed eatery moseying onto the scene, and it's called West of Pecos (550 Valencia between 16th and 17th). It's a new venture from the MacNiven family, including brothers Dylan (who brought us Woodhouse Fish Co.) and Tyler (who's best known for being one of the "hippies" on the ninth season of Amazing Race). They had a soft opening last night, but tonight's the official real deal, and the menu, as discussed, features Southwestern-American fare like a green-chile burger, and lamb albondigas. Update: See the full menu right here.

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Kama Sushi Debuts Second Location on 9th and Folsom

We warned you last week, and now Kama Sushi has swung open its doors a little ahead of schedule, in the former Schnitzel Haus/Daddy O's space on Folsom and 9th. It's the second outpost for the restaurant, which just last year took over the former Amberjack Sushi in Noe Valley, and you'll find a similar menu of sashimi, $15 sushi combos, and specialty maki like the salmon-skin roll, and the Mango Dessert Roll, with snow crab, mango, tobiko, and mango wasabi. [Earlier]

Playland, a New Funhouse-Themed Bar, Opens in the Old Kimo’s Space


The storied space that was once Kimo's (1351 Polk at Pine), which began life as a gay bar in 1978 only to morph into more of a rock venue in the eighties and nineties, has a new, very different tenant called Playland. As Urban Daddy shows us today, the bar has been renovated, the upstairs windows uncovered, and some hardwood (or faux hardwood) floors have gone in to the once dark and divey space. Yes, it's a makeover that is sure to please some folks in the Russian Hill and Lower Nob Hill environs who are looking for a new place to enjoy a decent drink, but it's also sure to sadden everyone who ever loved Kimo's, and who feared that its replacement might look like this.

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Protein Shakes: Lady Gaga Debuts Meat Dress 2.0

Most singers just butcher the National Anthem.Photo: Terry Richardson

Does this mean Gaga might finally be running out of ideas for crazy outfits? She donned a new-look meat frock in Tokyo last night for her Born This Way Ball and tweeted a photo to her 24 million followers.

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Kauffman Gushes Over Bar Tartine’s Blood Sausage

In his final published submission to SFoodie, two weeks after his actual departure, we find Jonathan Kauffman naming Bar Tartine's blood sausage as his number-one favorite dish of 2012, in his 50-dish countdown. (Balla's mullet-roe toast was also one of Kauffman's favorites of 2011.) It's pretty high praise all around as he says that chef Nick Balla's creative efforts are "reaching the poetic" in their authenticity and artisan-ality. [SFoodie]

El Faro Expands to the Upper Haight, Takes Former El Balazo Spot

The original El Faro in the Mission.

El Faro, the 50-year-old Mission taqueria owned by Febronio Ontiveros that's credited with the invention of the super burrito, is expanding once again, this time to the former Taqueria El Balazo space at 1654 Haight Street. As you may recall, the whole El Balazo chain got into some big trouble last year over the hiring of illegal immigrants, and both of their San Francisco locations have since shuttered. This will be the fourth location for El Faro, now, with two downtown and the flagship at 20th and Folsom. They've got hiring signs up on the windows, so this opening should be happening fairly soon. [Uppercasing]

Stiffed: Eleven Celebrities Who Are Terrible Tippers

When celebrities hit restaurants, they're marked diners. Servers and other customers will inevitably report on a famous person's dinner out, which is why plenty of celebs know that leaving a big tip can turn into good P.R. Unfortunately, some celebs just haven't gotten the hint. (Even Grub Street, during our table-waiting days, once got stiffed by a Hollywood hot shot.) So we've put together this list of stories about stingy celebs. Think of this as part fun, part public service. When these boldfaced names walk into your restaurants, you'd be better off letting someone else handle the table.

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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