Posts for December 28, 2012

Bike Basket Pies Returns for a Day; Make Mochi in Japantown

Mission: Bike Basket Pies will be selling miniature pies in flavors like potato, leek and cheddar and pear ginger this Sunday, December 30th, at verbosely named bar The Unresolved Love Life of Evelyn Lee. [Mission Mission]
Japantown: George Yamada will transform hot rice into mochi and teach you how to do it, too, in 30-minute sessions held on Saturday, December 29th, at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. [Mercury News]
Hayes Valley: Tablehopper reports bread pudding shop Schulzies (364 Hayes) had its final inspections last Friday. Equator coffee and espresso will be on hand to ward off sugar crashes. [Tablehopper]
Lower Nob Hill: Cafe Zitouna (1201 Sutter) is back in action after five months of darkness and with the addition of a takeout window. Owner Najib Rebia plans to start selling casse-croutes, which are baguettes filled with homemade lamb sausages, Moroccan meatballs cooked in piperade, and other goodies. [Scoop]

Last Minute Tables for New Year's Eve

It's almost party time, folksPhoto: SSPL/Getty Images

Okay, you've seen the posts about New Year's Eve prix fixe deals, but still haven't made a reservation? Not to worry, as we've rounded up a list of places still taking reservations for all you procrastinators out there.

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American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Soft Opens Mission Spot

Eat this, right now

Get over to the corner of Harrison and 20th right now if you're craving hot, gooey cheese pressed between slices of buttery toast. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, which took over the old Cafe Gratitude space, plans to sling their signature sandwiches today for takeout until they run out, as a soft opening. They will officially open sometime next week, presumably when they get their tables. Expect to see some new specials on their Mission menu, in addition to wine and beer on tap. Their normal hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with plans to add dinner service in the near future. [Scoop, Earlier]

Bauer Let Down by Bistro Aix; Hirsch Pleasantly Surprised by Pacific Catch

The latest restaurant reviews are a lesson in expectations, with Jesse Hirsch of the Examiner stating it best, "There’s nothing like misplaced expectations to muck everything up."

Michael Bauer at the Chron thought his last two visits to Bistro Aix, one of his top 100 Bay Area restaurants, was a "bit disappointing" and missing the "exacting skill that made it so compelling in the past." While the "food is still good" at the Marina restaurant, he found the chicory salad to be under-salted, the tarte Tatin under-baked, the tenderloin skewers under-marinated, and the hamburger under-seasoned. However, the haricot verts were "precisely cooked" and the persimmon pudding was a "good seasonal soother." He also noted the staff seemed "somewhat taxed" and ends the review with the summary, "Bistro Aix is still a good neighborhood restaurant that deserves to remain popular, but it's missing that extra spark that made it special." Ouch. Verdict: two and a half stars. [Chron]

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Here’s How Dining Changed Across Grub Street USA in 2012

Ramen: no longer only big in Japan.Photo: Jakob N. Layman/Time Out New York

New York critic Adam Platt's Where to Eat 2013, which is on newsstands this week, breaks down some 60 clutch recommendations based on the thousands of restaurant meals Platt has eaten and the emerging trends — like the sudden flourish of small Italian places and resurgence of old-school French — he's noticed along the way. While we look forward to the New Year, we figured it'd be an ideal time to take one good look at how dining changed everywhere else in 2012.

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