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Friday, May 22, 2015

Relax, the Gross-Sounding Replacement for Hapa Ramen Is Just a Pop-Up

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 2:16 PM

  • Doctor Popular, via Uptown Almanac

Earlier today, the inestimable Uptown Almanac posted a pic this menu in the former Hapa Ramen space. The fleur-de-lys doesn't portend the return of Hubert Keller, but definitely refers to New Orleans (you can see the crawfish, Sazerac, and beignets on the menu). A little sleuthing revealed that it's only a pop-up, not the permanent replacement to Hapa Ramen.

Spokeswoman Lisa Nourse told SF Weekly by email that "Thus far, the owner/operators have hosted crawfish boils, pan Asian dinners, and a bao dinner. They haven't made any decisions about the space's future."

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Pop-Up Radar: Cheesesteaks (and Wings) at Deli Board

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:21 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

We love a good pop-up around here. Their fleeting nature makes stopping by a little tricky (and we sometimes have to review them on Day One, which has the potential to be less than fair). But Deli Board knows their sandwiches, and our trust that they would know how to do a cheesesteak properly was not misplaced.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Get in Line Now: Austin's Franklin Barbecue Is Popping Up in S.F. in May

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 10:20 AM

It's just a typical morning — you're drinking your coffee, skimming your RSS feed — and then the world screeches to a halt when you see Eater SF's scoop that Austin's esteemed brisket-peddler Franklin Barbecue is coming to San Francisco for a few days in mid-May.

We've never waited in the hours-long line in Austin, though we have on good authority that it's worth doing at least once just for a taste of the ambrosial brisket. We've spent plenty of time drooling over money shots in magazines and its cameo in Chef. And now, like magic, it will be transported to S.F.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Satisfy Your Fish-and-Chips Craving at Batter by the Bay

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

  • Anna Roth
There was one winter where fish and chips saved my life. Or at least it felt that way at the time. I was living in Edinburgh, and I'm not sure I could have endured some of those long, cold walks home in the dark afternoons, with the wind off the North Sea whistling through the narrow stone alleys, without a stop at the chippie's for some battered haddock and chips.

That was more than a decade ago but I can still vividly remember way that steam would rise from the fish as I tore into it, letting it warm me from the inside as I walked down those gloomy streets. Though context obviously matters are great deal with these types of food memories, I've spent my adult life trying to find a place that served fish and chips as satisfying as the kind you could get at any old chip shop in the U.K. And I finally found it a few months back at Gillian Fitzgerald's first fish-and-chips pop-up, Batter by the Bay.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Burger Battle Going Down in Mission Oct. 21-22

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

An earlier iteration of the rare, salty Kronnerburger. - ANNA LATINO
  • Anna Latino
  • An earlier iteration of the rare, salty Kronnerburger.

Heads up, burger fans: You're about to get a twofer. On Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22, burgermaster Chris Kronner will be popping up in the ABV kitchen. He'll be working alongside ABV chef Kevin Cimino, who makes a mean pimento cheese burger in his own right, so hungry patrons like you and me will be able to judge for ourselves which burger reigns supreme in the bar that night.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tickets for Lazy Bear's Brick and Mortar Now Available

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The brick and mortar outpost of Lazy Bear, the Mission's super-popular supper club, are currently on sale. The restaurant is using the same ticketing system as Chicago's Next and Alinea and Daniel Patterson's Coi.

Tickets to the 11+ course prix fixe menu are $120 per person, with an optional $50 add-on for drink pairings. They're not refundable, but they are transferable — just like a ticket to a theater show or a baseball game.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Paniolo Social Brings the Crowds to Bloodhound

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Tuna poke at Paniolo Social. - FACEBOOK/LILHOLIHO YACHT CLUB

Word's gotten out about Paniolo Social. Bloodhound was packed with wall-to-wall people last night thanks to Ravi Kapur's new Thursday pop-up. The chef has been serving his signature Hawaiian fusiony food at the SOMA bar as he readies his brick-and-mortar, Liholiho Yacht Club, which he's opening with Nopa's Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak this fall. At Paniolo Social he's keeping things simple — five menu items, a few drink specials at the bar. Judging by the hordes there last night, he doesn't need to complicate them.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month at a Pop-Up Old Fashioned Bar This Friday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The Demerara Old Fashioned at SlingBAR. - THE DAPPER DINER
  • The Dapper Diner
  • The Demerara Old Fashioned at SlingBAR.

“Why are you putting black olives in my Old Fashioned?,” the young man wearing a shirt with a popped collar asked. The bartender paused and quizzically looked up at his customer. The live jazz band wailed away on the stage of the lounge area in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans. The young man asked his question again, thinking the bartender’s hesitation was due to him not hearing the original question, rather than it being out of confusion. The bartender replied, “These aren’t olives. They’re Luxardo cherries.” At least he was trying and wasn’t out on Bourbon Street drinking an awful drink out of a plastic hand grenade, I thought to myself upon overhearing the interaction.

And now that September has rolled around, you are obligated to enjoy more Old Fashioneds with “black olives.” Why? Because September is Bourbon Heritage Month, which means you have a bonafide excuse to drink bourbon every day this month, as opposed to those other months where you shamefully drink bourbon every day.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dispatches from the Hog & Rocks' Thursday Night Korean Pop-Up

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Bibimbap (namul -- or seasoned Korean vegetables, smoked egg, and beef) - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Bibimbap (namul -- or seasoned Korean vegetables, smoked egg, and beef)
For the past three Thursdays, Hog & Rocks, the ever-popular ham-and-oysters hotspot, has been even more phenomenal than it already is, offering a Korean pop-up from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Chef Robin Song is scratching San Francisco’s perpetual itch with a menu of late-night snacks, the kind that on paper look like they’re meant to ward off a hangover, but are certainly meant for people whose palates haven’t been compromised by a night of drinking.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pop-Up Planner: Brandy, Brunch, Late Night Korean, Aug. 19 - Aug. 24

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Share some brandies with friends a bites from Bar Agricole. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Share some brandies with friends a bites from Bar Agricole.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 8-10 p.m.
Where: Bar Agricole, 355 11th St., 355-9400.
Cost: $75
The rundown: K&L is teaming up with Bar Agricole to bring the first annual Brandyfest. The ticket includes access to unlimited brandy tastings, cocktails, and bites for either of the two sessions. More than 15 brandies will be showcased by K&L.

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