Posts for January 9, 2013

Abbot’s Cellar Presents Special Menu Tonight; A Peek at the 20th Century Café Menu

Mission: Abbot's Cellar chef Adam Dulye was just in New York doing a dinner at the James Beard House, and tonight he's offering a menu of what he served there (along with a special Dogfish Head brew) for $75. [SFoodie]
Hayes Valley: Eater's got a draft menu for Michelle Polzine's upcoming, aforementioned bakery-café, 20th Century Café (198 Gough). [Eater, Earlier]
Oakland: Patty Unterman provides us a fresh review of Boot & Shoe Service. [Unterman on Food]
Also, reminder, Rosamunde opens tonight in Old Oakland.

First Look at Wine Kitchen, Now Open on Divisadero

Yesterday we alerted you to the soft opening of Wine Kitchen (507 Divisadero), the new NoPa restaurant and wine bar from a pair of chefs who've put in time at Bar Tartine, Spruce, and Commonwealth to name a few. Today we bring you a look inside the space, which makes it's official debut tomorrow night, January 10, at which point the full menu will be in place. (We'll link you to that shortly.) For now they're serving a slightly limited menu, as well as an international list of 50 wines, with about half of those by the glass.

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What to Eat at Trick Dog, Whilst Drinking

The brand-spankin' new, finished bar, next door to Salumeria.Photo: J. Barmann/Grub Street

This week's big new bar opening in the Mission, Trick Dog (3010 20th Street at Florida), is finally ready for its close-up. We've added some photos to our slideshow, to get a better look at the finished space, and today we bring you the bar snack menu, which will be complete by Friday. Suffice it to say, they're doing a new twist on the burger dog, called the Trick Dog, and it's an homage to a long-gone S.F. snack shack out by the ocean.

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Seattle Man Hit by Bus, Grabs Morning Coffee Anyhow

A city bus hit a 32-year-old man in downtown Seattle yesterday morning with such force that the airborne pedestrian hit and cracked the windshield, the Today File notes. Yet the man, whom the Seattle Times describes as "a downtown business professional," was able to get up after the incident and walk a block over to a coffee shop, where he proceeded to place an order — after getting knocked down, it turns out, the man just needed a good pick-me-up. The unidentified man was declined service because he had a concussion, however, and was instead taken to the hospital. [ST]

Another Rockridge Restaurant Space Up For Grabs

A broker informs Diablo Dish that the former Water Lounge space at 5634 College Avenue is back on the market after a deal to open a bistro there with a chef from S.F.'s Café Claude fell through — about which we heard a rumor back in August. Email this guy if you're interested. Given all the new restaurant activity in the neighborhood, and the location across the street from Oliveto, this plum spot will likely get snapped up fast. [Diablo Dish]

The French Are Annoyed That Obama Is Serving California ‘Champagne’ at Inauguration

Didn't go through customs.

Korbel has made a special cuvée for President Obama's second inauguration, which they're bottling as "Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California," and once again the French wine lobby is annoyed that Americans are co-opting the word "Champagne." Per U.S. law, the label is supposed to read "California Champagne," and the French would actually prefer it say "sparkling wine" anyway.

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Don Pisto’s Owner Taking Gatip Thai Space in the Marina

Details are few at this point, but apparently Peter Mrabe, chef-owner of Don Pisto's, Chubby Noodle, and an upcoming North Beach sandwich shop, is taking over the recently vacated Gatip Classic Thai at 2205 Lombard Street. The Scoop reports that he and his partners have something planned for the spot "before summer 2013." File under: Developing. [Scoop, Earlier]

Marlena’s in Hayes Valley Closing In March [Updated]

So long, Marlena's?Photo: Facebook

22-year-old Hayes Valley gay bar Marlena's is rumored to be closing in the very near future, possibly within weeks, and a tipster tells Grub Street today that someone has laid claim to the space.* The bar, with one of the few full liquor licenses in Hayes Valley, sits on some prime real estate at Octavia and Hayes, and even has the potential for some covered outdoor seating on what is now a smoking porch. Sadly, it's one of the last gay bars in the city outside the enclaves of the Castro and SoMa, when there used to multiple neighborhood watering holes for the LG set in the Polk, the Tenderloin, Pacific Heights, and the Financial District (anyone remember Ginger's Deux and Ginger's Trois?).

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Good-bye, Gourmet Live

Condé Nast is killing its Gourmet Live tablet app, which survived for two years, three months, and some days. After the company shut down 90-year-old Gourmet magazine in 2009, it appeased readers by creating a free, advertising-supported app. Though it was one of the most popular downloads in the iTunes store at its prime, it "no longer helps fuel the brand’s evolution," according to a company spokeswoman. Content will continue to go up on, which currently has an optimistic "Welcome 2013" headline on its homepage. Dream big. [NYP]

Tosca Taken Over By New York Chef April Bloomfield and Spotted Pig/Breslin Group

Whoa. Huge news today over in North Beach. The group behind very popular New York City gastropubs The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar, including Michelin-starred executive chef-partner April Bloomfield, have signed a ten-year lease to take over the Tosca Café (242 Columbus Avenue). As the Business Times is reporting, the group has swooped in following the much reported on kerfuffle last year between property owner Roger Forbes and prickly longtime Tosca Café owner Jeannette Etheredge, in which Etheredge allegedly owed over $100,000 in back rent.

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West of Pecos Reclaims Some More Wood

Photo: Dylan MacNiven

Over at West of Pecos (550 Valencia), they put up some new, reclaimed barn wood on the exterior yesterday, adding to the faux Western air of the place. As co-owner Dylan MacNiven tells us, the wood comes from a 150-year-old tobacco barn in Kentucky, and they'll be putting the finishing touches on it today. Also, in case you've been wondering about that side dining room that only sometimes sees any use, on weekends, MacNiven says they're looking to start a weeknight acoustic music series that will make use of that space.


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