330 Ritch, a SOMA nightclub that often hosted live hip-hop shows and DJs, closed indefinitely yesterday after three people were shot in and around the club early Sunday morning. The shooting victims -- two men in their 20s and one man in his 30s -- are expected to live, according to the SF Examiner ... More >>
It's still a tough call, but this week sure feels like the end of a significant chapter in San Francisco nightlife history. The catalyst is, of course, the decommissioning of Mighty's epic RLA soundsystem. But while it might be a sad note for some, remember that these kinds of ends usually signal ne ... More >>
Since editor Anna Roth recently put Hangtown Fry back in our brains, we've decided to revive an old tradition at SFoodie called the Dollar Oyster List. Like Taco Tuesdays, cheap oysters is still thankfully a thing around these parts. Feel free to let us know of any additions in the comments and we'l ... More >>
Craft beer has come a long way in Bay Area restaurants. Thanks to local chefs such as The Monk's Kettle's Adam Dulye and The Homebrew Chef, the phrase "beer dinner" no longer raises eyebrows. Neighborhoods are increasingly serviced by brew-centric bars, bottle shops, and restaurants with a knowledge ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Kasa Indian's second truck will take to the city's streets starting tonight. Eater SF reports the truck will park on Second Street (at Townsend) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. And the best part? The first 50 people ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Grub Street reports that yesterday's SOMA fire in the Park Hotel SRO has closed ground-floor restaurant Moya Ethiopian. The SFFD declared the building "structurally unsound" and the restaurant will remain ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Grub Street reports Roostertail Rotisserie's liquor license was approved, and hypothesizes the opening date of the Lower Pac Heights restaurant to be right around the corner. Also from Grub Street, they ... More >>
Cyclists finally get a portion of their due.Injunction Eased! Ridership Up! Is Tipping Point Near?On Aug. 6, 2010, a San Francisco judge lifted a ridiculous five-year court injunction that had prevented the city from making improvements to facilitate bicycle traffic. Soon thereafter, the city got ... More >>
John BirdsallCalling all beanie-rocking, studded-belt-wearing art students.Looks like Desi Danganan is engaging in a bit of old-school guerrilla marketing, Kinko's style. Summit, the ex-Poleng proprietor's café, restaurant, and art gallery slated for 780 Valencia, is due in September. Yester ... More >>
The newest dining and drinking spots around town
John BirdsallOven baked spaetzle gratin ($8).Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Requirements for opening a restaurant in SOMA's ballpark corridor: big bar, dishes you can eat without the dangly tails of your panda hat wicking up extraneous sauces, slouchy lounge. Once its liquor license arrives (possi ... More >>
Jonathan KauffmanGoza-Goza's no-nonsense, cheese-filled Cuban sandwich ($6).Thursday, June 4, 2010burritowingsWe confess ourselves taken with San Francisco's enduring Cuban sandwich fixation, one taken up by both forces at work in the food scene ― the facifiers and the gut-bombers ― and al ... More >>
John BirdsallThe Epiphany with cheddar ($6.25). Fri., May 7, 2010 Toro E./YelpEveryone knows there's burger dualism, two irreducible types you scarf on radically different occasions. The first you order from the Nopa barstool you were aggressive enough to ingratiate your ass cheek ont ... More >>
Cover price: $19.95. Sale price: $6.98Chronicle Books' annual warehouse sale starts tomorrow. From Thursday through Saturday, the San Francisco publishing house will be selling hundreds of titles from its back catalog ― for 65 percent off. (Note: The sale only takes place at the store located i ... More >>
Spotted at Townsend and 8th St.Really? The middle finger? How pedestrian.
J. BirdsallA la recherche de game days past.Mon., Feb. 22, 2010 Some restaurants you imprint with certain memories gleaned from your first meal there, impressions reproducible no matter how different the reality of later visits. Which is to say that a grilled cheese with tomato soup at Parag ... More >>
Ciscle, holding up the current issue of 7x7, whose cover features Little Skillet's chicken and waffles.After nearly nine months of warm reviews, Little Skillet chef Christian Ciscle is stepping down at the end of February for unstated reasons. In a clipped e-mail message addressed to "Friends ... More >>
J. BirdsallThe roll makes all the difference.Weds., Feb. 3, 2010 Your average pan cubano? A lardy-tasting slice of pork roast, bracketed with ham and Swiss in a bready roll. At Ironside, chef Bob Cina takes the Cuban sandwich to the border of ethereal. Mostly it's the airy roll, compressed o ... More >>
J. BirdsallIronside's flammkuchen, the anti-Cali.Tues., Jan. 19, 2010 It's as gray and sodden as Northern Europe out there, so why not lunch on something with roots in Alsace? Ironside's flammenkucken flatbread is a pizza not exactly in the Cal-Med tradition. Moistened with crème frâiche, ... More >>
J. BirdsallAs a windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here, a different one each day. Tweet your own nominations ― extra points for pics ― to @SFoodie. Number 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Littl ... More >>
Christine L./YelpThe Snuggie you wrap your insides in.Weds., Jan. 6, 2010 Little Skillet's grits with andouille and cheddar is the lunchtime equivalent of the Snuggie: grits haunted with butter -- gluey in a good way -- with an orange-gold scurf of melted cheese and hunks of sautéed sausage ... More >>
T. PalmerOrganizer Roger Feely of Soul Cocina in action.Chef Roger Feely of Soul Cocina has teamed up with Little Skillet to organize the sequel to last month's Outside In event, an indoor party featuring street-food carts and live DJs.The roster of mixmasters for the evening features popular hip ... More >>
Jen SiskaIronside's cuban sandwichAn early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review. Point your finger at the jobless rate or the housing bubble's bust: We're living through a moment of intense repurposing. And while we may not be at the point of sock darning, we're seriously digging ... More >>
Click to enlargeWe can't tell either. Found on Townsend and Fourth Street.
J. BirdsallDisplay plates behind the sneeze guard.Shouldn't every micro-neighborhood have its own Mission-style burrito place? The kind with a sneeze guard, pump tortilla steamer, and lady burrito makers with a flair for creative cosmetology? It's arguable. Today saw the launch of The Iron C ... More >>
Once it starts spinning, you should probably grab your train.An update on Iron Cactus (683 Fourth St. at Townsend), the SOMA taqueria adjacent to The Creamery (and from the same owners): The revised opening date is next Wednesday, Oct. 21. Iron Cactus' wagonwheel logo, an interior of repurpos ... More >>
J. BirdsallThe facade includes wooden doors reclaimed from an Argentinian hacienda.SOMA café The Creamery (685 Fourth St. at Townsend) is nearing a launch date for its adjacent taqueria, The Iron Cactus (683 Fourth St.), which has been rumored since March. A restaurant spokesman cited Wednes ... More >>
We know it sucks. In May, the U.S. Department of Labor reckoned the jobless rate in the S.F.-Oakland-Fremont area at 9.7 percent -- call it a leading indicator of all those steak-frites and dirty martinis not being consumed in local restaurants, either by those of us recently hustled out by securit ... More >>
Little Skillet 330 Ritch (near Townsend), 777-2777. Street food? These days, anything you can snarf while seated on a curb is smokin' hot. That's why today, the third day Little Skillet has been open, the line snaked down alleyesque Ritch Street in far eastern SOMA. Think Farmer Brown: Same owners, ... More >>
Upscale shisha? That's a new one.
Yeah, that's right, FREE oysters on Fridays at El Rio--until they run out.
It's been an exciting couple of days for those of us who have to forage for food in the somewhat sterile section of SoMa known as Mission Bay. Just last Thursday we got Tsunami, a new Japanese joint for after-hours sake and sushi. And yesterday The Creamery opened its doors on Fourth and Townse ... More >>
This exotic Australian spice tastes a lot like mocha.
It's finally here: Heirloom Tomato Week starts today! From August 14 -- 24 a whopping 52 area restaurants will tailor special tasting menus and dishes to showcase the taste-bud defying wonder that is the local heirloom tomato. Among the participating restaurants: North Beach's excellent and pricey C ... More >>
Many say homeless guys who help commuters find street parking provide a valuable service. But others complain that they cause trouble.
Dying to dance, brood, or peel the yellow wallpaper off the wall? Well, so are these fun freaks. Join them at “Death Guild,” won’t you? Every Monday night at Glas Kat, gaggles of 18-and-over moody bastards come to show off their blackest attire and eyeliner while pouting to Goth, industrial, n ... More >>
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