Posts for November 7, 2012

Cocktails Tonight at Ferry Plaza; Nido Starts Dinner Service in Oakland

Ferry Building: There's another of those fun CUESA farmers' market cocktail events in Ferry Plaza this evening. It starts at 5:30 and you should probably purchase your $40 at the door. Details here.
Mission: Izakaya Yuzuki is celebrating their first anniversary tomorrow night by giving out free sake, beer, or shochu (one glass per customer), and half-price oysters. [Tablehopper]
Castro: Blackbird just started serving Bar Jars, the jarred foodstuffs from former 15 Romolo chef Larry Piaskowy that he's marketing to bars that don't serve food. Offerings include smoked trout dip, chicken liver mousse, and fava bean hummus, and they come with crackers. [Eater]
Oakland: Nido, a new Mexican place near Jack London Square, just recently began dinner service. [KQED]

What to Eat on Central Kitchen’s New Brunch Menu

Central Kitchen's patio will make for a nice brunch spot, at least in good weather.Photo: Grub Street

Central Kitchen is launching brunch this Sunday, November 11, and the menu is looking pretty tasty. There's stuff like olive oil fried eggs with romanesco, barley, and bagna cauda; a pork belly Benedict; and a corned beef sandwich with cabbage. Also, as Tablehopper notes, once Trick Dog opens (which should be soon), there will be brunch cocktails available from over there, too. See the full menu below.

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Josh Sens Is Not a Fan of the Dough at Farina Pizza; Roth Loves the Taramosalata at Orexi

Farina Pizza

SF Mag critic Josh Sens sounds fairly irritated with the way notions of "authenticity" get thrown around in the food world these days, and he's especially annoyed when confronted with the proud "authenticity" of Farina Pizza, where he encounters some soggy pizza and dough that isn't quite right. He compliments the pizza toppings, and a few of the other dishes like a "honking" ribeye that comes served atop a focaccia slab. He also says the "gleamingly modern" design of the place is pretty cool, and the service friendly and un-rushed. But in the end, it's not a rave. [SF Mag, Roth's earlier take]

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Mill Valley’s Hawk’s Tavern Closes After Less Than a Year [Updated]

Hawk's Tavern debuted in Mill Valley last December, and it was a venture from partners Peter Schumacher (Buckeye Roadhouse), Rick Ronald, and Mike House. Four chefs and eleven months later, it has closed "indefinitely" as the Scoop reports, with no word on how or when or if it may reopen. They just had their fourth chef shuffle in September, and when you see a new restaurant have that kind of turnover it's never a good sign. Alas, dunzo. [Scoop] Updated: Rick Ronald says that the partners were "bleeding money" in the endeavor, and they are still undecided as to whether they'll be turning the space back over to the landlord, or attempting to rebrand and reopen as something else.

Reminder: Top Chef: Seattle Premieres Tonight

This is just a friendly heads up that tonight is the tenth season premiere of Top Chef, and one of our own hometown gals is among the cast this season: Lizzie Binder, formerly of Bar Bambino. Bravo has provided us with this preview of the first ten minutes of tonight's episode, which kicks off in Los Angeles, and features Binder gushing about Tom Colicchio's "beautiful blue eyes."

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Deco Lounge Closes in the Tenderloin, Will Become New Bar From Benders Team

Gay no more...

Deco Lounge, the Tenderloin gay bar at 510 Larkin Street, closed its doors last week. It was long rumored that new owners were stepping in, and now Mission Mission reports that those owners are the same guys who own Benders Bar (806 South Van Ness), the beloved dive with the fried pickles and Wednesday whiskey deals. Deco is a fairly huge space, with an elaborate, antique back bar, three rooms on the main floor, an upstairs, and a basement room as well. Reportedly the name is going to change, and it won't be a gay bar anymore, but stay tuned for further details. [Mission Mission]

Food Trucks May Soon Inch Closer to Schools

Earlier this year we heard about Supervisor Scott Wiener's plans to reduce the buffer zone that food trucks have to keep between themselves and schools from three blocks, or 1,500 feet, to one block, or 500 feet. (The law as it is forces a lot of trucks to gather in specific areas, like the Mission.) At yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Wiener proposed legislation that would do just that in the case of middle schools, while maintaining 750 to 1,000 foot distances from high schools, and 50 feet from any existing brick-and-mortar restaurants. Wiener calls this a "balanced approach," though it is likely that restaurant owners, especially in the Financial District, are still going to object. The proposed law, which has yet to be approved, would also allow trucks on college campuses and around hospitals in residential districts. [SF Business Times, Earlier]

Cooking Modernist Cuisine at Home, at Home

Let me just get the sous-vide machine warmed up...Photo: Tyson Stole/Modernist Cuisine

When I think about "home cooking," I picture the same things you probably do: meatloaf, spaghetti, maybe some mac & cheese with carrot sticks. As far back as I can remember, neither mom nor dad ever made short ribs that had been cooked sous-vide for 72 hours or salmon that was crisped with a blowtorch. Yet as its name implies, Modernist Cuisine at Home — the $140 diffusion brand to Modernist Cuisine's six-volume, $625 tome — has different ideas about home cooking, ones that involve whipping siphons and 56˚(centigrade) water baths.

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Bravas Bar de Tapas and Taverna Sofia Both Debut in Healdsburg

Bravas, in the former Ravenous.

Two new restaurants have arrived in little Healdsburg, one of which, Bravas Bar de Tapas (420 Center Street), opens tonight in the former Ravenous space. As earlier reported, it's a new Spanish restaurant from owner Mark Stark featuring tapas, cheese, sangria, Spanish cocktails, and jamón Ibérico hand sliced by one of the staff "ham boners." (See one of their Master Ham Boner t-shirts here.) Also, a new Greek bistro called Taverna Sofia (244 Healdsburg Avenue), from chef Sofia Petridis-Lim, just opened a couple of weeks ago. See that menu here. [BiteClub, Earlier]

Dynamo Donuts Opens Outpost at Marina Green

As foreshadowed earlier, Dynamo Donuts' Marina Green doughnut stand has opened for business. On the menu are their well loved doughnuts, as well as Four Barrel Coffee, and it's all within view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Also coming at Marina Green is that crab shack from the Woodhouse boys. Stay tuned for updates on that. [Tablehopper]

Dynamo Donuts - 110 Yacht Road near Baker - Open Tuesday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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