Ryan Ostler

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    March 6, 2013
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    April 2, 2012

    Number 31: Kung Pao Pastrami from Mission Chinese Food

    ​SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition. ​Kung pao pastrami all started, Anthony Myint says, when Ryan Ostler, the former chef of Broken Record and a southern-food popup at Bruno's, loaned the Mission Chinese Food team a smoker, and Danny Bowien got all exc ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Tonight: Final Meatpaper Event at SFMOMA

    Meatpaper/FlickrRyan Ostler and Katharine Zacher.​Tonight: Final Meatpaper Event at SFMOMA Where: Rooftop Garden at SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000 When: Thurs., April 21, 6-8 p.m. Cost: Free with half-price museum entry; Tasting plates $5 (3 for $12) The rundown: It only started ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Dolores Park NIMBY Vows to Strike Again, This Time Against Chaac Mool

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Alexx C./YelpQuality of life destroyer: Chaac Mool's Luis Vazquez.​The Examiner's Ken Garcia catches word that La Cocina incubator business Chaac Mool will take over the nonprofit Dolores Park vendi ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Mission Chinese Food's Kung Pao Corned Beef

    Alex HochmanCorned beef? Pastrami? It doesn't seem to matter.​"This shit is no joke," Mission Chinese Food's Danny Bowien warned yesterday as he set down a plate of kung pao corned beef ($11) on day one of MCF's new BBQ menu. Corned beef? To paraphrase Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins, was this ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

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    December 28, 2010

    Ten 2010 Restaurant Closures That Hurt

    joebeone/FlickrWas Le Cheval too big to fail? Apparently not, thanks to an adversarial landlord.​With the great scything-down of 2008 well past us, San Francisco's restaurant industry sent up hundreds of blooms, some of them quite brilliant. Yet competition, normal restaurant-world pressures, and ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Curing Whiz Dave Knopp Departs Pal's Takeaway

    Jesse Friedman/Beer & NoshDave Knopp, right, with Pal's Takeaway's Jeff Mason.​Call it bittersweet. Mission deli Pal's Takeaway says goodbye to sidekick Dave Knopp tomorrow with a final Knopp creation, a pulled chicken sandwich with pepper gravy and house-pickled onions. Turns out Knopp cut ba ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Onigilly, Pal's Takeaway: Two Lunch Options Outside the Ordinary

    OnigillyOnigilly rolls out its six-day-a-week food cart in Justin Herman Plaza today.​Looking for an al fresco lunch option? The Wednesday guest-chef sandwich at Pal's is designed by Ryan Ostler, the guy who (with Kat Zacher) spawned a cult of adulation first at Broken Record, then at Bruno's. ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Bruno's Chefs Reunite for Bar BQ Tartine Dinners

    Jen SiskaThe brisket from Bruno's, back when Ryan Ostler was smoking beef there.​Last week, Tablehopper announced that Ryan Ostler was going to be doing a guest chef stint at Bar Tartine, throwing a three- or four-course barbecue dinner on August 23 with his partner, Kat Zacher, who is now Bar Tar ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Bruno's Chefs Out, Nopa Bar Shuffles, Sons and Daughters Arrives

    ​Day 2 of SFoodie's new morning roundup of the past 24 hours of rumor, innuendo, and straight-up facts about San Francisco restaurant openings and closings. We keep our heads stuck in the buzz chamber so you don't have to.First up, Paolo L. at Inside Scoop reports that Bruno's, the Mission bar and ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    'Where Can I Get Tex-Mex Food?'

    Houston PressBeef Enchiladas From Larry's (in Houston): Real Tex-Mex​This week's reader question comes from E.T., who moved to the Bay Area from Houston a few years ago:I totally have a question, but after three and a half years of asking it, I'm beginning to suspect that the answer is "no." Is th ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Checking Back In at the Broken Record

    James Moisey​This week's review of Bruno's followed chefs Ryan Ostler and Katharine Zacher, who'd made a name for themselves revamping bar food at The Broken Record in the Excelsior. Right after Ostler and Zacher left the bar last July, John Birdsall talked with Zach Braff lookalike James Moisey, ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010
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    January 19, 2010

    Early Bird Special: Jonathan Kauffman Takes a Look at Bruno's

    Kat Zacher and Ryan Ostler​An early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review. In the first single-venue review filed by SF Weekly food critic Jonathan Kauffman, the Southern roadhouse cooking of Ryan Ostler and Kat Zacher at Bruno's (2389 Mission at 20th St.), goes under the 'scope. Bet ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Hot Meal: Ryan Kat at Bruno's

    J. BirdsallThe BBQ Pork Rib Plate: A successful mashup of snarl and finesse.​In July, Ryan Ostler and Kat Zacher wadded up their aprons and split from The Broken Record, where they'd racked up critical hype as independent kitchen operators at the rough-edged Excelsior bar. They're back, this t ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    New Broken Record Chef Not So New

    James Moisey/Twitter James Moisey (left) It's been three weeks since the Frito pie hit the fan at the Broken Record (1166 Geneva at Edinburgh): chefs Ryan Ostler and Katharine Zacher got the hell out, citing burnout in interviews. And even though Tablehopper reported that a new chef would b ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    Our favorite morsels from the food blogs and beyond. Eighty-sixed in the Excelsior: What killed the Broken Record? Yesterday, Hot Food Porn laid a burly man hug on the Geneva Avenue tavern that closed suddenly earlier this month, suggesting it was a victim of plain old chef burnout. Here's Porn: Th ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009
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    June 2, 2009

    Early Bird Special: The Broken Record

    Jen SiskaHoodies and ball caps allowedIf you've ever wondered what the hell a gastropub is, get the ultimate schooling by reading SF Weekly food critic Matthew Stafford's review of the Broken Record (1166 Geneva at Edinburgh) in the Excelsior. Think bar food done by serious chefs who actually love t ... More >>

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