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Recent Openers July 10-16, 2013 

Wednesday, Jul 10 2013
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Aquitaine: French chef Laurent Manrique's wine bar is inspired by his home region in southwestern France, and will heavily feature wines from that area. In addition to the vin, there is a food menu that includes duck confit and oysters with bordelaise sausage salad. 175 Sutter, 402-5290. AquitaineSF.com.

Coffee Cultures: Adjacent to the lobby of 225 Bush, this new coffee bar and frozen yogurt vendor is exclusively making coffee with Counter Culture beans from North Carolina, as well as serving Bay Chai, Five Mountains tea, and Straus fro yo. 225 Bush, 788-7011. Coffee-Cultures.com.

The Crème Brûlée Shop: The Crème Brûlée Cart now has a second brick-and-mortar cousin at 24th and Mission. Expect to find a menu of crème-filled foil ramekins with flavors including s'mores, Nutella with strawberries, toasted coconut, and classic vanilla. 3338 24th St. TheCremeBruleeCart.com.

Kasa Indian Eatery: Lower Polk has been graced with the second location of the Castro Indian restaurant, and brings kati rolls, thali plates, and plenty of pink, orange, and purple décor to the neighborhood. A late-night window is forthcoming. 1356 Polk, 931-3991. kasaindian.com

Roka Akor: The third U.S. location of London-based Roka Akor has found a home in Jackson Square. The robata grill will also offer plenty of sushi options, with fish flown in from Japan. Roka Bar downstairs serves cocktails focusing on Japanese flavors. 801 Montgomery, 362-8887. RokaAkor.com.

Tierra Mia Coffee: This L.A. based, Latin-centric coffee bar now has a location open on the corner of Mission and Valencia. For now the beans are roasted in L.A. and shipped same day to the shop. Menu items include Mexican chocolate mochas and horchata lattes, and they are working on bringing pastries to the shop. 3188 Mission, TierraMiaCoffee.com.

Virgil's Sea Room: Taking up residence next to El Rio, this new bar is naming cocktails after local heroes including the Brown Sisters, Sugar Pie Desanto, and Frank Chu. A back patio is still being renovated, and there's a jukebox on premises. 3152 Mission, 829-2233. VirgilsSF.com.

The Willows: Brother and sister team Tim and Liz Ryan have taken a fun approach to their new spot, a spinoff of The Sycamore. Full bar, a beer den with 12 rare selections on tap, American classics for snacking, plus pinball, pool, and video games. 1582 Folsom, 529-2039.

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  • Nevada City and the South Yuba River: A gold country getaway

    Nestled in the green pine-covered hills of the Northern Sierra Nevada is the Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Beautiful Victorian houses line the streets, keeping the old-time charm alive, and a vibrant downtown is home to world-class art, theater and music. The nearby South Yuba River State Park is known for its emerald swimming holes during the summer and radiant leaf colors during autumn. These days the gold panning is more for tourists than prospectors, but the gold miner spirit is still in the air.

    South Yuba River State Park and Swimming Holes:
    The park runs along and below 20 miles of the South Yuba River, offering hiking, mountain biking, gold panning and swimming. The Highway 49 bridge swimming hole is seven-miles northwest of Nevada City where Highway 49 crosses the South Yuba River. Parking is readily available and it is a short, steep hike to a stunning swimming hole beneath a footbridge. For the more intrepid, trails extend along the river with access to secluded swim spots. The Bridgeport swimming hole has calm waters and a sandy beach -- good for families and cookouts -- and is located 14 miles northwest of Nevada City. Be sure to write down directions before heading out, GPS may not be available. Most swimming holes on the South Yuba River are best from July to September, while winter and spring can bring dangerous rapids. Always know the current before jumping in!

    Downtown Nevada City
    The welcoming, walkable downtown of Nevada City is laid back, yet full of life. Start your day at the cozy South Pine Cafe (110 S Pine St.) with a lobster benedict or a spicy Jamaican tofu scramble. Then stroll the streets and stop into the shop Kitkitdizzi (423 Broad St.) for handcrafted goods unique to the region, vintage wears and local art “all with California gold rush swagger,” as stated by owners Carrie Hawthorne and Kira Westly. Surrounded by Gold Rush history, modern gold jewelry is made from locally found nuggets and is found at Utopian Stone Custom Jewelers (301 Broad St.). For a coffee shop with Victorian charm try The Curly Wolf (217 Broad St.), an espresso house and music venue with German pastries and light fare. A perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months can be found at Treats (110 York St.) , an artisan ice cream shop with flavors like pear ginger sorbet or vegan chai coconut. Nightlife is aplenty with music halls, alehouses or dive bars like the Mine Shaft Saloon (222 Broad St.).

    The Willo Steakhouse (16898 State Hwy 49, Nevada City)
    Along Highway 49, just west of Nevada City, is The Willo, a classic roadhouse and bar where you’re welcomed by the smell of steak and a dining room full of locals. In 1947 a Quonset hut (a semi-cylindrical building) was purchased from the US Army and transported to its current location, and opened as a bar, which became popular with lumberjacks and miners. The bar was passed down through the decades and a covered structure was added to enlarge the bar and create a dining area. The original Quonset beams are still visible in the bar and current owners Mike Byrne and Nancy Wilson keep the roadhouse tradition going with carefully aged New York steaks and house made ingredients. Pair your steak or fish with a local wine, such as the Rough and Ready Red, or bring your own for a small corkage fee. Check the website for specials, such as rib-eye on Fridays.

    Outside Inn (575 E Broad St.)
    A 16-room motel a short walk from downtown, each room features a unique décor, such as the Paddlers’ Suite or the Wildflower Room. A friendly staff and an office full of information about local trails, swimming and biking gets you started on your outdoor exploration. Amenities include an outdoor shower, a summer swimming pool and picnic tables and barbeques. Don’t miss the free vegetable cart just outside the motel in the mornings.

    Written and photographed by Beth LaBerge for the SF Weekly.

  • Arcade Fire at Shoreline
    Arcade Fire opened their US tour at Shoreline Amphitheater to a full house who was there in support of their album "Reflector," which was released last fall. Dan Deacon opened the show to a happily surprised early audience and got the crowd actively dancing and warmed up. DEVO was originally on the bill to support Arcade Fire but a kayak accident last week had sidelined lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh and the duration of the west coast leg of the tour. Win Butler did a homage to DEVO by performing Uncontrollable Urge.

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