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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Union Square's BDK Is Not Just A "Hotel Restaurant"

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Mini Truffle Butter Burger & "Saffron" at BDK - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Mini Truffle Butter Burger & "Saffron" at BDK

Apparently we’ve now entered the American Tavern-era of San Francisco dining. It sounds more like where George Washington and James Madison wined and dined and discussed the Constitution, but here in 2015 the idea just might be the next step beyond the now ubiquitous local, seasonal, organic, neighborhood bistro. What makes the month-and-a-half-old, self-described “American Tavern” BDK Restaurant any different than the aforementioned bistro concept escapes me, but hey, fun and worthwhile food are far more important than formal titles.

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Brrr....it's Cold in Here: 5 Frozen Drinks for Summer

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM


Mai Tai from Li Po Lounge - YELP.COM
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  • Mai Tai from Li Po Lounge

When I see a frozen cocktail on a menu, I have instant tunnel vision, becoming blind to all the other artfully crafted drinks on the carefully cultivated menus. A perfectly balanced Negroni made with housemade vermouth? Don’t care. But a refreshing blended beverage dispensed from a machine? Why, don’t mind if I do! Perhaps it's because they conjure childhood memories of 7-Eleven Slurpees sucked down on yearly road trips to Idaho, or later recollections of spiking said frosty beverages with confiscated alcohol from my parents’ liquor cabinet before high school dances. Whatever the reason, I have a deep, lasting love for them. One of the main reasons I always choose to stay at the ACE Hotel while in Palm Springs is their ever-rotating (and thankfully ever-present) frozen cocktails served at their poolside bar. Fortunately, wonderful versions of these icy concoctions can be found throughout San Francisco — no road trip required.

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Dive Bar Deathwatch: Mr. Bing's

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM

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We’re still smarting over the Lexington Club, and the impending demise of the Elbo Room, not to mention the unlucky fate of Lucky 13, and now it looks like Mr. Bing’s might go the way of the woolly mammoth and the Steller's sea cow.

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Tacorgasmico Is Legit Mexico City Street Food

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Cochinita pibil and rayas tacos - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Cochinita pibil and rayas tacos

There are lots of skulls to be found in Tacorgasmico, now open serving Mexico City street food with a bunch of Yucatán influences. The former Blue space on Market Street is now the fourth casual Mexican restaurant in the Castro (the others being Tacos Club, Chilango, Zapata’s, and La Tortilla, plus HECHO as their upscale sibling). We can never have too many, really. Nor can we have too many skulls. One of Tacorgasico’s is riding a bike whose wheels are lime slices, another is carrying a jug of pulque and wearing a hat labeled “El Jefe” (“the boss”).

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Artisanal Dessert Fix: Chef's Tasting at Dandelion Chocolate

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM

BETTY WANG
  • Betty Wang

There's a chef's single origin tasting featuring five items that's available at Dandelion Chocolate's cafe. For chocolate lovers and those who are fans of a well-executed platter of miniature desserts, this might be right up your alley.

The small-batch chocolatier is already a beloved institution. Situated in the Valencia corridor and wedged right between Craftsman and Wolves and Mission Cheese, Dandelion and its neighbors almost unintentionally (or intentionally?) make up a trifecta of small artisan bites. The factory-cafe is rolled into one industrial space that features shelves of their fancily wrapped chocolate bars — some of them single-origin, all of them made in small batches — plus their rotating selection of decadent pastries and staple chocolate drinks (including various hot chocolate and espresso drinks, European drinking chocolate, and even a cacao bean smoothie that surprisingly tastes more tropical and fruity than chocolate-y). Let's also not forget that they also have their delicious and, more importantly, free, house-made marshmallows to load up on.

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Wine Country Report: Buying Olive Oil from Local Wineries

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

MCEVOY RANCH
  • McEvoy Ranch
Harvested from local spots, olive oil on salmon, bread, veggies, and cheese rocks the farm-to-table vibe we know so well (to say nothing of its use on human skin to ensure youth and vitality). With the recent March passing of innovator Nan McEvoy, I’ve been pondering her gifts to eaters near and far. McEvoy was a food world pioneer for planting olive trees in Marin County in the 1980s, when she was in her sixth decade. She launched Northern California’s extra virgin organic olive oil scene, and the estate grown, Tuscan-influenced McEvoy olive oils still rack up awards nationally and on in the international marketplace. 

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Free Food Alert! E&O is Giving Away 100 Chicken Banh Mis Today

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM

E&O KITCHEN
  • E&O Kitchen

At 11:30 this morning and until they run out, E&O Kitchen & Bar will be giving out 100 free chicken banh mis. As part of the launch of an "E&Go Take Away," a grab-and-go style lunch menu, the restaurant is calling this their "Great Banh Mi Give Away." That's right, free banh mi. Free.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cat Town Cafe Expands Without Arching Its Back

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Note: cats not to scale. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Note: cats not to scale.


While we’re still waiting for KitTea to open, and also for someone to crowdfund a project that caters to the Tippi Hedrens of the world and anyone else who keeps big cats as pets, it seems that Oakland’s Cat Town Café is doing quite well for itself. The do-gooder café where you can reserve time to play with and possibly adopt some homeless felines opened last fall to great acclaim, and Inside Scoop reports that they’ve since been able to find forever homes for 184 little friends while cutting the euthanasia rate in half at Oakland Animal Services.

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Ba-Bite Brings Mediterranean to Oakland's Piedmont Avenue

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Ba-Bite on Oakland's Piedmont Avenue serves a hummus and falafel combo that is not to be missed. - ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
  • Ba-Bite on Oakland's Piedmont Avenue serves a hummus and falafel combo that is not to be missed.

Piedmont Avenue in Oakland is practically all restaurants, from low-end to high, including tons of pizza and burgers — especially with KronnerBurger having just opened.

So Robert Gott and Mica Talmor-Gott — who have spent the last 12 years catering, and continue to do so — set out to do something different. With the opening of Ba-Bite, ("ba bayit" in Hebrew means “at home”) they’re serving the food they want to.

“Here we have the freedom to do whatever we want. When you’re in someone’s home, you eat whatever’s there,” said Talmor-Gott, who grew up in northern Israel, in a family where “food is love, food is everything.”

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Super Duper Strikes Again, This Time With Breakfast

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 12:32 PM

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Super Duper
had better slow its roll, or it’s going to bump against the formula retail ban, which thwarts businesses from opening in certain neighborhoods if there are more than 11 or more locations across the galaxy. Until that happens, we’re going to keep enjoying all the free jalapeños and housemade pickles we can handle, to say nothing of the garlic fries.

(Not for nothing were they SF Weekly’s Best Homegrown Chain this month, but for the record, they’re up to nine locations, of which six are in San Francisco proper.) And a new location at 346 Kearny Street (at Pine) formally opens next Wednesday, May 27, with a free food giveaway from 6-8 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and 27. Watch out, though: Unlike the three other downtown locations, this one won’t be open weekends.

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