The Elite Cafe Re-Opens, and the Meetinghouse Biscuits are Still There
Although the address has housed restaurants since the 1920s, After changing hands and shuttering earlier this year, The Elite Cafe (2049 Fillmore) has reopened with a new menu from a new executive chef, New Orleans native Chris Borges. (Sidecar Hospitality, the brains behind the Shroeder’s revamp, as well as Press Club and P.C.H., revived it.) At two for $5, the famous Meetinghouse Biscuits are still there, as is a muffaletta chopped salad, crawfish etouffee, a shrimp-and-blue-crab remoulade salad, and naturally, fried chicken. The classics never die, but sometimes they do get reincarnated.
FRIDAY: Free Breakfast Burritos at Uno Dos Tacos
This Friday, Oct. 14 is International Egg Day, and Uno Dos Tacos (595 Market) will give away breakfast burritos made with eggs, potatoes, cheese, and house-made salsa fresca, from 8-10 a.m. or while supplies hold out. Get it!
Union Square Cocktail Bar and Restaurant Rambler Opens Thursday, in the Former Postrio
This place is sex-yyy. There are lamps like you wouldn’t believe, and beneath the bar and brasserie is a downstairs that forgoes Art Deco restraint in favor of Skee-ball and a whole lot of whoop-de-do. Rambler (inside the Hotel Zeppelin, at 545 Post) is heavy on the seafood (cured King salmon, octopus, clams casino) and on cool-sounding cocktails like the Miyata Mule (Iwai Japanese Whiskey, yuzu/kaffir lime/lemongrass puree, ginger beer, Peychaud’s bitters, shiso). While opening day for dinner is Thursday, breakfast, brunch, and lunch are coming soon.
The Wharf Fest and Chowder Competition Is Oct. 22
Yes, yes, we know: You avoid the tourist quadrant at all costs and haven’t ventured north of Turk Street since 1973. But if you could reconsider being too cool for school for just one second, Saturday, Oct. 22 is the Wharf Fest and Chowder Competition at Pier 43, which brings together 50 booths of crafts, beverage tastings, and a mechanical bull. There’s also a Segway obstacle course where you can test yourself against Steve Wozniak (if only in your mind). But the best part is the Chowder Competition at noon ($15/$20 at the door), which pits more than a dozen chowder purveyors against one another, including Boudin Bakery, Cioppino’s, and Pescatore. Support your hometown heroes! Don’t let the Rainforest Cafe win!
The Tenderloin Will Get a Rum Bar
The former Castle Club space at 823 Geary will become Rum & Sugar, which Hoodline says will have lots of rum and black-and-white movies projected on the wall. The space looks pretty raw from the pics, but the owners are aiming for a mid-November opening.
Tag + Jug Releases Flora, a Brut Cider-Viognier Blend
San Francisco’s only cidery, Tag + Jug (995 Ninth St., Treasure Island) has released a unique-sounding blend of Brut Cider and Sierra Foothills Viognier called Flora. It’s rather a limited release — only 11 five-gallon kegs and 24 cases of 750-mL bottles were produced — and the wine was barrel-fermented and aged 10 months in French oak. Intriguing!
Pilsner Urquell Comes to Barrel Head Brewhouse
Next Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 5-8 p.m., Barrel Head Brewhouse (1785 Fulton) will host Pilsner Urquell, the Czech maker of the world’s first golden pilsner. If you’ve ever wanted to sample it straight from the source, this stuff’s being flown in from Plzen, Czechia. You have to RSVP, but everyone 21 and over gets a free beer!
This Robot Learns Recipes, Cooks, and Cleans Up Afterwards
There exists a cooking robot, and parent company Moley Robotics is currently crowd-funding the project to the tune of 1 million pounds sterling. Supposedly, it can mimic master chefs’ hand motions — remember that scene in I, Robot where Will Smith’s grandma lets her robot chop vegetables for her at like the speed of sound? — and the accompanying video seems fiercely determined to downplay any creepiness. After a minute and 15 seconds, I actually felt bad for it, because the humans are exchanging love while it’s relegated to sponging up stovetop spills. But whoa, the future is (almost) now.
Make Way for Big Vegan
Tyson Foods, the massive chicken corporation from Arkansas, has acquired Beyond Meat, a company that makes a “plant-protein burger sold fresh that sizzles and oozes fats while cooking on a griddle,” according to The New York Times. Get used to it scaling up, because it’s already found in Whole Foods.
Iggy Pop Has Really Fallen
According to The Hard Times, the punk Onion founded by former SF Weekly music editor Matt Saincome, Iggy Pop is asking kids to buy him beer.