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Monday, June 1, 2015

Pad See-Ew in Paradise: The Craziest SF Food Truck Expansion Yet

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

The Phat Thai trucked parked in Union Plaza on a foggy Monday. - JESSICA FENDER
  • Jessica Fender
  • The Phat Thai trucked parked in Union Plaza on a foggy Monday.

When you work inside a 22-foot-by-7-foot box, there are only so many places you can go. So when the champs of San Francisco's food truck scene want to expand, they get creative.

Trucks like the perennially popular Chairman (nee Chairman Bao) put down brick-and mortar roots — see the new Tenderloin storefront that opened in April. Shops like olfactory favorite Bacon Bacon go wide, growing to three trucks, a trailer, and a cafe. And if you're Bobby Hossain, the mastermind behind Phat Thai, you get wild. Real wild.

After four-plus years as a fixture in the city’s food truck parks, the 32-year-old purveyor of homestyle Thai is expanding his brand – to a 14-room motel on Lake Tahoe’s south side.

Hossain is pushing for a grand opening of the newly remodeled Paradice Motel – soon to be redubbed “Phat Thai Paradice” – on July 4. And, in lieu of a motel restaurant, a more stationary version of his food truck will be parked out front, dishing up classics like pad thai and steamy bowls of pho at peak times throughout the year.

“Our food will be something different,” Hossain told SF Weekly. “It’s all pizza and barbecue up there now.”

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French Laundry is the 50th Best Restaurant in the World

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Moulard Duck at the French Laundry. - LEENAEATS.COM
  • leenaeats.com
  • Moulard Duck at the French Laundry.

Well, that was a squeaker. The World's 50 Best Restaurants were announced earlier today in London, and Thomas Keller’s French Laundry just barely made the cut, falling six places from its 2014 ranking of 44th best. Coi, last year’s 49th best, tumbled out of the Top 50 altogether.

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McDonald's at 16th and Mission Suddenly Closes

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM

SCREENGRAB: GOOGLE MAPS
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SocketSite is reporting that the McDonald’s on 16th and Mission has suddenly been shut down. Not the hipster McDonald’s with the reclaimed wood cladding where the revamped Hamburglar charges his iPhone — that’s on 24th and Mission. This is the comparatively proletarian one next to that Bank of America ATM where the screens are all scratched out.

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Mastering the Art of Belgian Baking, at Vive La Tarte

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

A rhubarb tart and a focaccia pizza with side salad. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • A rhubarb tart and a focaccia pizza with side salad.

Softly open in a former printing plant is Vive La Tarte, a fairly enormous bakery on Howard Street run by the Belgian husband-and-wife team of Julie Vandermeesch and Arnaud Goethals. It’s shocking to find out that there are still spaces of this size available in Soma, so bully for them.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

The Extremely Comprehensive Negroni Week Crawl

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Pup-Groni from Aatxe made with Campari, Aperol, Big Gin house-infused with saffron and orange peel, and Alessio Torino. - WES ROWE
  • Wes Rowe
  • Pup-Groni from Aatxe made with Campari, Aperol, Big Gin house-infused with saffron and orange peel, and Alessio Torino.

As of Monday, June 1 and running until Sunday, June 7, the third annual Negroni Week descends on San Francisco (along with the rest of the world). For the uninitiated, Negroni Week seems simply like an excuse to drink gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, but purchasing a Negroni means a portion of the proceeds raised from Negroni sales goes towards charity of their choosing. As everyone knows, drinking for a charitable cause is better than drinking for the sake of drinking.

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Mr. Mikkeller Does San Francsico

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 3:05 PM

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Did you know that one of the world’s most famous beer gods was just in town? It’s true, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the man behind Mikkeller Beer and SF’s world-class beer joint, Mikkeller Bar, was here on May 28 to celebrate the recent release of his book, Mikkeller’s Book of Beer.

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Between Two Slices: Arguello Market's Turkey Sandwich

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 8:16 AM


ADRIAN SPINELLI
  • Adrian Spinelli

I went to grad school at USF and a classmate of mine grew up right off of Anza and Stanyan Streets. He knew I had a thing for sandwiches and one day before class he took me to Arguello Market with the promise of "The best turkey sandwich you've ever had!" I was calling major bullshit right from the start. I mean...how does one even quantify what makes the best turkey sandwich? Is that even possible? It's just a turkey sandwich, right? Every sandwich shop has its own rendition, and the ones that could be a part of the "best" conversation rely on sauces, or fancy bacon, to make them really stand out. Then I was introduced to Arguello Market's turkey sandwich.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blue Bottle Open in the Market on Market, Market on Polk Plan Unveiled

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Update: This post has been corrected to specify that it is the Ferry Building Blue Bottle cart and not the kiosk that is closing as of Friday, May 29.

While the Ferry building Blue Bottle cart is shuttering tomorrow, San Francisco has experienced a net gain/loss of zero this week, because another outpost has popped up inside Market Square (popularly known as the Twitter Building, even though the name rankles its tenants.)

Blue Bottle isn’t actually inside the gastro-cery store that is the Market on Market, but out back, with its own entrance. Like dog owners keeping two mutually suspicious, on-leash boxers apart, it’s about as far away from the existing Four Barrel as you can get and still be at the same mailing address.

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The Art of the Burn, at Hearth Coffee

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

ERIC S. BURKETT
  • Eric S. Burkett

Given the rapid comings and goings of businesses in the Castro lately, particularly cafes, I had completely missed the opening last fall of Hearth Coffee at 17th and Castro. That's my loss, because Hearth is worth seeking out.

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Pints, Pints, Pints: Three Great Upcoming Beer Events

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

THE YARD
  • The Yard

As usual, the Bay Area is exploding with amazing beer focused events. Here are a few that look to be highlights in the upcoming weeks.

Two big weekly tastings at the Jug Shop
Certified Cicerone Eric Cripe has been running the beer program at The Jug Shop in Nob Hill for many years. He does weekly beer tastings there on Friday evenings that have turned into a regular beer geek gathering for tasting rare and interesting brews. This Friday evening, Eric will be leading a tasting of 20 new arrivals spanning a variety of styles including sours, barrel aged stouts, lagers, and IPAs. Early bird tickets are still available.

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