When it comes to beer, the sky's the limit. Want to try a pineapple rye porter aged in used Tabasco barrels with wild yeast and smoked herring? Somebody's probably considering brewing it as we speak. And we're all for keeping it fun -- sometimes bells and whistles go a long way. That being said, the ... More >>
Mason Pacific has only been open a week, but that doesn't stop people from asking me, "should I go," "what should I get," or "how soft is the toilet paper" when they hear I've tried the new bistro/wine bar that took over the Lalola spot on the corner of, you guessed it, Mason and Pacific in the Russ ... More >>
On Saturday, Chipotle brings its Cultivate Festival to Golden Gate Park, an event that blends cooking demos from well known chefs, interactive lessons on sustainable food practice and musical acts like Mayer Hawthorne, The Walkmen, and Walk the Moon. Even though it's a major marketing effort for Chi ... More >>
Our three days spent wandering the aisles at the Fancy Food Show yielded the observation of an awful lot of convenience food and packaging and a lot of the same items we've seen on display there for the past five years. But amidst all that mainstream sameness was a strong pocket of companies actuall ... More >>
SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition The subtitle to April Spears' Bayview restaurant is "Chicken & Waffles," but her signature dish is overshadowed by "Grandad's Fisher's catfish." If it seems like the easiest thing in the world to fry catfish proper ... More >>
SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition "Arrange lettuce leaves around the inside of a salad bowl, with a few sliced leaves on the bottom," writes Victor Hirtzler, chef of the St. Francis Hotel, in his 1910 recipe for Crab Louis. "Put crab meat on top of the ... More >>
When asked to share a recipe with SFoodie readers, Chris Beerman of Citizens Band and Pinkie's Bakery quickly admitted his current obsession with Bloody Marys: "I'm forever tinkering and perfecting my Bloody Mary recipe," he said. The obsession began when the restaurant started making pickles a ... More >>
When San Francisco Police came calling in June of 1995, 37-year-old Aaron Williams probably didn't think it would be his last day on Earth. But as the pet-store-burglary suspect emerged from his house, a dozen officers piled on him. Police pepper-sprayed him, restrained him, and placed him face-d ... More >>
Dining at Absinthe is a reminder of what eating out used to be like, perhaps before good food became available to the masses. Hostesses offer to take your coat upon walking in the door, classic cocktails are part of every meal and waiters refill water glasses almost obsessively. In the Hayes ... More >>
Photos by W. Blake GrayWhen Swedish chocolatier Emanuel Andrén offered to visit us with chocolate truffles that cost $29 each, we were intrigued. We thought they might be the most expensive chocolates in the world, but were disappointed to learn they aren't even in the ballpark. Still ... More >>
Robin Jolin ProductionsThe dish is called "Can't Kill the Beast," but it looks dead to us"Hotel California" by the Eagles is best known as a slightly spooky song that every dummy at a party will bust out on the guitar in an effort to impress girls. At least that's what I remember from college ... More >>
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1Oct. 2, 2010 @ Golden Gate ParkBetter than: chasing a fox out the hen house. San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival sings America. The annual outdoor concert is about coming together: scores of rootsy musicians, a half-million or more conc ... More >>
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 >>
Yes Becky/FlickrKitty likes celery.Halloween, and with it the question of what to imbibe on this most ghoulish of holidays. For years humankind has attempted to concoct a passable drink out of a bright orange liqueur called Pumpkin Smash, but the stuff is so overwhelmingly sweet it demands a ... More >>
Those of a certain age may remember the wonderful Chris Guest-Billy Crystal sketches from Saturday Night Live in which Willie and Frankie, a pair of none-too-bright New York City characters who enjoyed nothing more than comparing notes of the twisted, masochistic self-mutilation they needlessly e ... More >>
Mary LaddSpirits snobs may gag over the notion of spicy tequila, but heat lovers (including this blogger) have definitely warmed up to the notion of adult drinks with a kick. Tabasco's premium tequila is labeled hecho en Mexico. It adds a touch of heat to the usual margarita, Bloody Mary, or shot. ... More >>
Janine KahnWhen there are excellent pork ribs, baby back ribs, pulled pork, and brisket on the menu, a burger might be the last thing on your mind. But if you're in a burger mood, head to Baby Blues for the superb Lasker ($8.95), a big, loosely-packed, 10-ounce beauty made of chuck ground with ... More >>
Dirk Dirksen, seen here stomping the shit out of Frankie Fix of the band CRIME, will soon have a plaque honoring him on the street where his club helped establish West Coast punk. The city plans to later name this street in Dirksen's honor; can a sewer grate honoring Mr. Fix be far behind? Photo by ... More >>
Succulent steaks and sides create an epic dinner.
A little luxury in the a.m., worshiping oysters, smoked salmon, and eggs, eggs, eggs!
Television awards make us hungry for an S.F. burger and Maine lobster
S.F.'s Global Exchange wins publicity by pushing a vote recount Mexico doesn't need
A carnivorous odyssey around the Bay Area pinpoints three very different meats
When a chef just can't let a certain dish go
The second edition of this modern classic is an even more thoroughgoing amalgam of history, science, literature, and cooking tips
Karaoke, bail bonds, and Irish Cowboys. Must be Annie's Cocktail Lounge.
How a breakfast and lunch place became a habit
Buckets o' crab at Art's Crab Shak and overflowing bowls o' seafood at the Old Clam House
Jon Brumit and Marc Horowitz have made it their business to be the best-known art idiots in San Francisco.
So ... y'wanna ride a Big Wheel down Lombard?
Swan Oyster Depot
New Orleans comes to Noe Valley
Remembrance of Fries Past
A Sunday in search of a great Bloody Mary
Monte Carlo Restaurant & Bar
Golden Gate Ferry
Babaloo does tapas the Cuban way
The little French pancake is making it big
Bustling and informal, Le Charm is a true French bistro