Cantina Wins Bloody Mary Contest; Absinthe Offers Two Prix Fixes; and More
Union Square: Cantina barkeep Shahir Misif took home the prize of Best Bloody Mary at Sunday's second annual Bloody Sunday contest at Scala's Bistro for his very simple Cara Mia Skyy vodka, Campari, tomato juice, fresh lime, and muddled green olives. [Grub Street]
Also, there's a big Scotch tasting brought to you by The Whisky Shop on September 21 at Farallon, with Ian MacMillan, Master Distiller at Tobermory, Deanston, Ledaig and Bunnahabhain. Call 415-989-1030 to reserve a spot. Tickets are $75.
Hayes Valley: Absinthe chef Adam Keough is offering two prix fixe special menus in the coming weeks. From September 5 to 8 he'll be doing a three-course menu ($65) of highlights from that James Beard House dinner the team did last month. And from September 12 to 15 he'll be doing a three-course menu ($55) of dishes inspired by a recent stage in France and travels in Basque country. [Grub Street]
SoMa/Downtown: Eddie Rickenbacker's (133 2nd Street), which closed and changed hands in June, is being taken over by Rick Howard, who's previously given facelifts to the Owl Tree and Bruno's. [Eater, Earlier]
Marina: At the former Marina & Kebab (2257 Chestnut), there appears to be a wine bar and bistro moving in. [Eater]