Posts for February 20, 2013

Curry Up Now Open on Valencia; Peko Peko at KronnerBurger, Frogs & Snails at Grand Cafe

Mission: Curry Up Now is now open on Valencia Street to satisfy your Indian burrito cravings. See the menu here. [Eater, Earlier] Also in the Mission, KronnerBurger is hosting a Peko Peko takeover on Thursday, February 21st, which entail giant fish heads and beef tendons. Get your tickets here.
Union Square/Tenderloin: Grand Cafe is offering a special menu with frogs and snails, if you're into that kind of thing, at their Misfit Dinners held from Thursday, February 21st through Sunday, February 24th. [Website]
Mission/Potrero: Rice Paper Scissors is having a Lion Dance Party replete with Vietnamese street food, DJ, and traditional lion dance performance this Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets here.
Hayes Valley: Marlena's is closing but not without a few last hurrahs. Don your gay apparel and catch the drag-centric events held from now through Sunday, March 3rd. [Hayeswire]

Miller Recommends Drinks at Comstock, Chambers, and Brasserie S&P

Good drinks and good food.

Virginia Miller recommends the "blessedly grown-up" Smith & Cross Sour at Comstock Saloon, a cocktail of rum, lemon, sugar, and frothy egg white, to be imbibed alongside the "melting soft" mashed potato fritters, raw kale salad, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. At Brasserie S&P, she likes the upscale gin and tonics paired with "light, clean" kanpachi crudo and the chicken paillard breaded in anchovy-garlic crumbs. And she also approves of Chambers' Whiskey Cider Sour and the tea-smoked tombo tuna, which is slowly smoked table side. [SFBG]

Saison’s Bar Tasting Menu Revised, Repriced

Last week, we brought you news that Saison (178 Townsend) chef Joshua Skenes is offering a $48 tasting menu of canap├ęs in the restaurant's bar and lounge area. That idea has now been scrapped in favor of a less rigid one without a set price or format. Skenes explains that instead, "a guest comes in, we start a conversation, and we write a menu spontaneously." Expect a minimum price of around $88, which is steep but still a bargain compared to the restaurant's $248 tasting menu option. [Scoop, Earlier]

Here’s How Astronauts Make Peanut Butter Sandwiches in Space

Canadian astronaut extraordinaire Chris Hadfield gives us the lowdown on food in space. As we've learned to travel farther and farther away from Earth, we've also greatly improved our snacking capabilities. In Zero-G, it turns out, nothing quite hits the spot like a peanut butter and honey sandwich on a tortilla. Plus, dude uses space scissors! Check it out straight ahead, but please save room for astronaut ice cream.

"I noticed something cool about the honey." »

Michael Bauer Adores the Burger at Hog & Rocks

Look no further for a good burger.

Over at the Scoop, Michael Bauer praises the Hog & Rocks signature hamburger. What makes the burger more special to him than "simply slabs of beef between a bun" is newish-chef Robin Song's use of aged Kobe-style chuck mixed with suet and "leftover ham ends," which is formed into 4-ounce patties and quickly seared on a hot plancha. All in all, $14 gets you two patties, two slices of American cheese, and other burger accoutrements sandwiched between challah buns with a side of house-made potato chips. [Scoop, Earlier] Update: And here's his full update review from Thursday's paper. He says the place is much improved, two and a half stars worth.

Does The Taste Have an Anthony Bourdain Problem?

Why aren't any of these people smiling? (Ludo's grin does not count.)Photo: Craig Sjodin/ABC

Andy Greenwald writes an essay for Grantland that basically tries to sink the unsinkable Anthony Bourdain and excoriate all of the benignly conspicuous conceits of ABC's show The Taste, described as a "a bland, underseasoned mess" that's overrun with "yoga-bowing amateurs" and "deluded Capoeira instructors who make 'food for awesomeness.'" (Greenwald also comes out here, it should be noted, against dessert as a legitimate dinner course.) The show is predictably awful, he writes, though Nigella Lawson is great, and, also, no one will ever dislike Nigella Lawson. Meanwhile, co-hosts Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey are nonstarters who don't do much to offer culinary expertise or entertain viewers, but worst of all is Bourdain, described here as a once-great "knight-errant of good taste," depicted "on a garishly lit soundstage, defanged like an aging circus lion" and a shadow of his former self up high atop a pyramid scheme of supreme boringness.

Hey, look, it worked. »

Morrissey Insists On a Vegetarian Concert

"Why do you come here? And why do you hang around?"

How's this for a high-maintenace rider? The British singer and animal-rights activist has requested that the Staples Center in Los Angeles not sell any meat during his concert. The arena will close McDonald's for the night, and offer special meatless food concessions such as vegan sushi and Sloppy Joes. Because that's exactly what people want to eat while swaying to songs about doomed relationships. "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals," says the artist behind the album Meat Is Murder. [Reuters]

Are We Ready for Lower-Alcohol Beers?

Drink all this, and still bike home.Photo: courtesy jronaldlee

As the hangovers subside from Toronado's Barleywine Festival last weekend and its celebration of the notoriously high ABV beers, the answer may very well be yes. At least that's what Bay Area brewers are betting. Pete Slosberg, of the famed but now-discontinued Pete’s Wicked Ale and an early pioneer in local craft brewing, is teaming up with Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. to release a lineup of "Not yet world famous session beers”, clocking in around 3.75% ABV, under the name Mavericks. Newly founded FreeWheel Brewing Co. in Redwood City and San Francisco's Pine Street Brewery are also dedicated to crafting session beers, which refer to low-alcohol beers that can be enjoyed in quantities in a sitting without getting completely sloshed. While there's no universal agreement on the appropriate ABV levels for session beers, which can range from under 4% to 6.5%, the brewers do share a desire to remove the stigma that low-alcohol beers are watery or flavorless. [KQED]

Little Saigon's Turtle Tower Relocating Down the Street

Northern-style pho is moving north.

After 13 years at 631 Larkin Street, everyone's favorite northern-style pho joint Turtle Tower is on the move. The restaurant isn't straying very far, however, and is in fact just moving a few doors down to 645 Larkin Street. Turtle Tower will permanently close the doors to its original location on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm and plans to reopen in its newer digs in the spring. In the meantime, you can still get your Hanoi pho fix at any of its other three locations in SoMa, Outer Richmond, and SF State University. [SFist via The Tens]

Watch Jon Stewart Take On the European Horse Scandal

The ever-growing horse meat crisis in Europe is no doubt disturbing for those involved, but it's also the kind of story that's given a lot of fodder to comedians. The latest: Jon Stewart, who points out that even though things in the U.S. seem bad, at least our meat supply (probably) isn't tainted with rogue horse DNA. Then again, as Stewart himself says, What kind of a world do we live in where we can no longer trust the product purity — the regulatory oversight — of Transylvanian meat slaughterhouses? Check out the full clip, straight ahead.

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Here’s the Greatest, Fakest Guy’s American Kitchen Parody Website Ever

Is the Hobo Lobo Bordello Slam Jam fresh tonight?Photo: Guy's American Kitchen and Bar

"Guy Fieri didn't register his restaurant's domain name," a Brooklyn-based programmer named Bryan Mytko tweeted yesterday, "so I picked it up. I think this new menu look great." Indeed. The fake menu that's now parked proudly at the spoof site Guy's American Kitchen and Bar now proudly offers "Panamania!," a boisterous entrée of deep-fried snake that comes with a "a printed out picture of David Lee Roth stapled on it and a sparkler sticking out of each eye," not to mention a "side of Bud Light you have to wring out of a Hawaiian shirt." It's sort of like the greatest thing ever. Also, it's a little more than depressing.

How fresh is that deep-fried snake? »


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