Friday 11: Soylent Opens an Embarcadero Arcade

Plus S.F. has three of the world's 50 best bars but only five KFC/Taco Bells remaining, and the James Beard tour comes to town Nov. 4.

From the 2015 James Beard Taste America reception (Marc Fiorito, Gammamine)

The World’s 50 Best Bars Includes Three S.F. Spots

Although New York and London hog nine of the top 10 spots — is that truly accurate, or could it just possibly be a product of bias on the part of alpha global-city snobs? — we’re pleased to note that three San Francisco bars were included in Drinks International’s World’s Top 50 list. ABV is no. 47. Trick Dog, which had been no. 40 in 2015, now rates at 35th place. And Smuggler’s Cove, which was no. 31 in 2015, moved up to no. 29. The list is heavy on European capitals, although New York does have eight of the 50. But three ain’t bad: Elsewhere in the U.S., only Chicago (Aviary), Los Angeles (Walker Inn), Miami Beach (Broken Shaker) and San Juan, P.R., (La Factoria) made the cut.

TONIGHT: Party on the 3300 Block of Mission to Help Fire Victims

The Mission Bernal Merchants Association requests the honor of your presence this evening to help people recover from the fire in June that took out Cole Hardware, the 3300 Club, and many people’s homes. From 6-9 p.m., Secession Art & Design (3235 Mission) will have a party, where the 3300 Club will be hawking T-shirts. Nearby bars Coronitas (3326 Mission) and Old Devil Moon (3472 Mission) are in on the action as well. MBMA wants to raise $25,000, so help them out!

Soylent Has an … Arcade?

Although I don’t especially enjoy the taste of it, I’m increasingly fascinated with Soylent, which has expanded its offerings from a mere nutritional slurry to include meal-replacement bars with weirdly lit Instagram ads (that appear to be making people ill). Now the company is launching an arcade at Embarcadero Station that will run for two weeks, Oct. 14-27 from noon to 6 p.m. You can play Galaga, Invaders, and Gorf, as well as a game they invented called Hungry Hungry Astronaut, all presumably while optimizing your caloric intake.

Filipino-Asian Pop-Up Elena Una Debuts in the Marina Oct. 27

Details are fairly slim at this point — as in, neither the website nor the Facebook page nor the press release mentions a specific street address beyond “Fillmore Street” — but the Marina is set to get a Filipino-Asian restaurant later this month. Elena Una is a project by chef-owners Janice Lazaga and Kaye Otbo named for Lazaga’s grandmother and the Tagalog word for “first”. It is to be a lounge, serving dishes like lumpia (with pork, shrimp, white cheese in serrano peppers, and lemon aioli) and champorado, a breakfast item made with white chocolate rice porridge, fresh fruit, trail mix, toasted coconut, and dark chocolate. Wherever it is, we’re excited for more Filipino food!

Get Tix Now for the James Beard Taste America Dinner

For the S.F. leg of the James Beard Foundation’s 10-city Taste America tour, on Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m., Anita Lo of NYC’s Annisa — who’s the Taste America all-star — will prepare a dinner at the InterContinental with Charles Phan of The Slanted Door and Belinda Leong of B. Patisserie. Look for hors d’oeuvres from a wide swath of local talent, like Tim Archuleta (ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar), Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu’s), Martin Yan (M.Y. China), Pim Techamuanvivit and Narciso Salvador (Kin Khao), Srijith Gopinathan (Campton Place) and Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji).

Omakase’s Sushi-Making Class

Executive chef Jackson Yu of SoMa sushi restaurant Omakase (665 Townsend) will launch a new cooking class, Edomae Sushi 101, beginning Sunday, Nov. 13, covering topics like rice preparation, sushi-rolling, fish selection, and Japanese etiquette. For $95 (inclusive), students will learn to make seafood salads, uni hand rolls, tekka maki, an omakase roll, and nine pieces of nigiri. Also: Yu is quite a character, so this should be a ton of fun.

Don’t Forget to Vote This November

For the Saucy Awards, that is. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has 16 categories that industry insiders vote on, plus a lifetime achievement award, but there is one other open to the public, a People’s Choice Award for Restaurant of the Year. (The voting period runs from Oct. 26 – Nov. 9). And if you want to attend the awards dinner at the Herbst Theater on Monday, Nov. 14, tickets are $150.

The Hidden Vine Turns Five, Parties All Week

Financial District wine bar The Hidden Vine (447 Battery) turns five next week, and to celebrate, it’ll be stretching out the fun for four straight nights. Staff will pouring complimentary glasses of Gloria Ferrer Sparkling wine for the first 60 people in the door on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and a $40, Sonoma-centric wine tasting is on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 5-9 p.m. (Five wines are officially on the roster, making it a pretty good deal as is, but they’re dangling the possibility of extra treats.) Thursday has a throwback happy hour offering a complimentary cheese plate with the purchase of a bottle of wine, and Friday will be given over to a private party — but three people plus their guests can get your way in the door by tagging photos of a past visit to the bar on Instagram with a caption of why you love it.

Seven Stills Brewery Acquires Lawton Trading Post

Hoodline reports that Bayview craft brewery-distillery Seven Stills (1439 Egbert) has taken over the Sunset’s Lawton Trading Post (3645 Lawton). Having run into trouble in its original home over what types of alcohol it can legally sell — owing to a neighborhood restriction that supersedes the recent change in state law allowing hard-spirit tastings — Seven Stills is teaming up with Hard Frescos to create a “Mexican surfer beach vibe” that continues to sell food. This should be neat.

S.F. Continues to Lose Fast-Food Joints

The McDonald’s at Third and Townsend — which was at one time the site of the faux-cafe where Clint Eastwood uttered the words, “Go ahead, make my day” — is currently getting demolished. Hoodline also reports that the Taco Bell/KFC in the Sunset at 1900 Irving St. has been closed for unknown reasons.

With the KFC/Taco Bell at 2101 Lombard Street having become Poki Time (until the building is razed, anyway) and the one at 1881 Geary in the Fillmore also having shut down, San Francisco is down to just five that I can think of: the one in the Tenderloin (691 Eddy), the one crowning KFC Heights (200 Duboce), the one in the Bayview (1661 Jerrold), the one by the Parkside Library (1150 Taraval), and the one in the Excelsior (4285 Mission). Just five, in a city of 865,000 people! I blame fast-casual.

And Two in Five Women in the Fast-Food Industry Report Sexual Harassment

A study by the Hart Institute released this week claims that 40 percent of women who work in the fast-food industry have experienced sexual harassment on the job, with 28 percent citing “multiple” forms of harassment. Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon tends to go unreported because women fear reprisals: “A large majority (60 percent) of women who experienced three or more types of unwanted behaviors say they have to put up with it because they cannot afford to quit their job, meaning that, overall, one in eight women in fast food faces extensive sexual harassment at work but feels trapped and unable to leave.”

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