Tea has been making a "comeback" for years but it finally seems like it's on the verge of breaking out. You've heard of so-called "third-wave coffee" -- the single-origin, pour-over, absurdly tasting-noted brew that you find at places like Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, Sightglass, and just about every ... More >>
The Galley, Justin Navarro's pop-up at Clooney's, has acquired a cult following for serving vegan flatbreads and French onion soup sandwiches at a dyed-in-the-wool dive bar on lower Valencia. (He also pickles eggs, if you want to get really old-school about it.) While most pop-ups aspire to brick-a ... More >>
Good news for all cyclists who would really like to not get hit by a car this year. The notoriously menacing intersection at Octavia Boulevard and Market Street will finally get an automated traffic camera so catch those speeding drivers. After years of lobbying, legislative wrangling, and legal d ... More >>
A 17-year-old girl is clinging to life today after she was brutally stabbed after a fight broke out in the Mission District last night.Sgt. Michael Andraychak says that at about 7 p.m. police were called to the the intersection of 21st and Valencia where they found the victim bleeding on the sidewal ... More >>
West of Pecos (550 Valencia) opened May 15 in the completely transformed Bombay Bazar space. The former Indian ice cream parlor and market would have never conceived of a Texas longhorn skull as the centerpiece, but it's a perfect touch for this new Old West restaurant from Dylan MacNiven, who also ... More >>
SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition Artichokes were originally a Jewish specialty in Italy, writes Cucina Ebraica author Joyce Goldstein, but now carciofi alla giudia are considered a Roman specialty as well. Considering that we live less ... More >>
Courtesy dosasf.comThe paper dosa from Dosa on Valencia.Before the Tenderloin became the Tandoorloin a decade ago, Indian food in San Francisco was a restrained, almost elegant affair. Linens and goblets, muted sauces, rather doctrinaire menus of tandoori chicken and mixed vegetable sabzi. A wave ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Wine tasting at Safeway? Maybe. Haighteration reports there is an "Instructional Tasting" liquor license application pending for the Duboce Triangle Safeway (2020 Market at Dolores). While no one at this ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Marie Callender's evokes images of pies rotating in a display case, country cottage decor, and portions that don't skimp on calories. And now, without warning, many of those pie display cases have gone da ... More >>
John BirdsallIt's baaaack.Almost a week after the ball dropped on New Year's Eve, things are just about back to normal. The tree's no more than a few dry needles lurking in the carpet, photo cards have been recycled, and Off the Grid is poised to return to the streets of San Francisco. OTG's ... More >>
Have you seen this coin and 999 others like it? There have to be easier ways of making a living than this. Last week, police were called to a laundromat on the 1600 Block of Valencia. The proprietor said a burglar had broken in, pried open the washers' coin boxes, and jangled off with some $250 i ... More >>
Ha! The mother lode.One man's trash is another man's treasure -- and, over the weekend, one man's recycling became another man's swag.A 36-year-old Hispanic man at the corner of Valencia and Mission found himself at the wrong end of a kitchen knife Saturday night. But the blade-wielding assailant ... More >>
The past 72 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.Carolyn A. of Eater shares some good news. Francis Ford Coppola's new winery in Geyserville is opening July 30, and along with it, the winery restaurant, named Rustic, Francis's Favorites (300 ... More >>
John BirdsallSlices of rotisserie lamb, broiled tomatoes, onions, and tahini wrapped in lavash ($7.95).Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Owner of the three-week-old Valencia wrap shop is the scion of the sprawling clan that claims Mission munchy merchants Phat Philly and Urban Burger. Zaytoon works fro ... More >>
Spotted at Valencia and 18th Street What this sign lacks in style, it makes up for in directness. It's the equivalent of a restaurant called "Good Food." We appreciate the solid approach, and also the impeccable penmanship.
Survival AnnexThis Sunday, at the lovably bedraggled park across from The Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia, Survival Annex (the "shop" within that shoppe) is hosting its second plant exchange. This is a swap, so don't expect giveaways or show up with fistfuls of cash to rain down. The idea is to ... More >>
Judy ParkerScene from Heart's pre-launch party last Saturday.Murmurs have been circulating for months, as the broad street-side window at 1270 Valencia (a garage and ― reputedly ― a house of ill repute in prior incarnations) has revealed an ongoing tumult of construction, decoration, and ... More >>
DrewMacKenzie.com/FlickrWhat was keeping us away all this time?We have walked down Valencia a lot over the years and inhaled a variety of good smells curling from the stoves of the strip's eateries, like hissing vats of chile verde and burritos meeting grills for quick sizzles. Between 22nd a ... More >>
Yan M./FlickrDosa's chennai chicken: Smuggle-worthy.On the painful days following Thanksgiving, we like to recover by enjoying foods bearing little resemblance to those we spooned up on Thursday. Sometimes, with health or digestive relief in mind, we gravitate to raw salads or restorative sou ... More >>
This slogan was scrawled on the window of not-yet-open restaurant, Grub, on Valencia between 17th and 18th Streets. It's nice to see people getting excited about new businesses.
Cheers to Tablehopper for tipping us off to the existence of a foodie film with a trailer that sucked us right in with its blend of combative tension, sheer novelty, and sociological curiosity. Ready, Set, Bag! -- a quest for the championship title at the National Grocer's Association's Best Bagger ... More >>
R.I.P. 26 Valencia. On this Day of the Dead, you will be missed.Soon the beloved 26 will be a relic, just like this '69 GMC fossil We waited for you on Valencia for half hours at a time, expectantly stepping out on the street to see if your lights beckoned from afar. As you approac ... More >>
View Larger Map A man on the scene has informed us that a suicidal person is threatening to leap off a building on Valencia between 16th and 17th Streets, and the area has been closed off since around 5:45. Police spokeswoman Sergeant Lyn Tomioka confirmed that the 500 block of Valencia -- the "old ... More >>
Maybe it's something in the food?This poster was hanging up inside a pet supply store on Valencia and 18th Street. The 14-year-old boy in me thought this was hilarious. Also, did I just trot out a Friends reference? Oh, yes. Yes I did.
It's not easy being a newspaper dispenser in the Mission. We were walking down Valencia this week and saw that many of the SF Weekly boxes had been adorned/defaced with graffiti, but this poor, beat-up guy in particular had been turned into: 1. Homeless clot ... More >>
Photo by Pengrin, via YelpSuriya Thai steak.Score one for SOMA, and zero for the Mission. Before being evicted earlier this year after nearly two decades of service, Suriya Thai was a Mission standby for authentic Thai food in a calm setting. Knowing Pi Bar (a pizza joint) is on the way in the old V ... More >>
Mary Ladd Double the meat, double the delcious.Though some may gripe that this place has all the makings of a restaurant that exists solely to cater to drunks, Thrill of the Grill has more to offer than that. Sure, it's a super casual restaurant that may at first glance seem like a logical me ... More >>
JonnyGdeCA/FlickrScore a prime example at Ramblas on Valencia.Sangria is as delectable and as open to experiment and interpretation as paella, its great culinary cohort of the Spanish table. This fruity, sparkling concoction is the perfect light-spirited libation for the summer months and is malleab ... More >>
A couple weeks ago I was walking around Valencia, Spain, looking for street art, when I came across an ancient Roman bridge with graffiti all over it. First it struck me as offensive, like who would dare deface something so old and hallowed? But then I started thinking about the ep ... More >>
The Urban Cowboy: Excessively accesorizedUrban Burger 581 Valencia (at 17th St.), 551-2483. You can practically smell the ambition here, a burger joint open barely two weeks. The concept has all the signs of incipient burger empire, and why not? The owners' extended family can claim Toast in Noe Val ... More >>
If you're going to spend top dollar for your fancy java, there might as well be some perks thrown in (pun intended). Four Barrel Coffee, open for four months on Valencia in the Mission, boasts a huge room with a lofty ceiling featuring beautiful exposed beams. The vast space is adorned with sculptur ... More >>
(Junior Panthers)Holiday block parties are a smart idea. I hit the one in Hayes Valley last weekend, where various galleries and boutiques offered delicious drinks (cider with brandy!) and snacks, as well as discounts for folks doing their holiday shopping. This week there are two block parties com ... More >>
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