China Live Will Open in January
The multi-floor Eataly of Chinese food, giant marketplace China Live was supposed to open in early 2015, but Eater reports that the much-delayed reveal is now scheduled for January 2017, in time for Chinese New Year (which is Jan. 28). Expect several bars, a fine-dining joint called Eight Tables that’ll have a tasting menu, a retail-centric Marketplace, a Market Restaurant & Bar, and something called Oolong Cafe, plus spaces for banquets and other events.
Dandelion’s 12 Nights of Chocolate Is Really Something Else This Year
Normally, we grit our teeth around here when asked to sail right through Thanksgiving and land on the holidays, but this is such a good reason to do it. Dandelion Chocolate’s 12 Nights of Chocolate runs from Dec. 1-12, and includes Avery Ruzicka (Manresa Bread), Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière), William Werner (Craftsman & Wolves), Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood), Melissa Chou and Brandon Jew (Mister Jiu’s) and more. While tickets start at $20 for film screenings and other events, most everything is in the $75-$95 range, and often include wine pairings along with inventive things like mezcal-cocoa husk cocktails. Everything benefits the S.F.-Marin Food Bank, and tickets are here.
Mason Pacific Starts Brunch This Weekend
As of Saturday, Nov 19, Mason Pacific (1358 Mason) will roll out a brunch menu from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays — and it’s not content to stick with dainty carbs. Highlights on chef Max McKinnon’s menu include a daily scone, avocado toast with sesame and herbs, beef tartare, and a New York strip steak with potato and hollandaise.
TOMORROW: Barbacco’s Second Pasta Dinner
These prix fine dinners need to be on everyone’s radar, because they’re such a steal. For only $35, Barbacco (200 California) will feed you braised broccoli rabe with burrata, baked celery root, and three different pastas — including— plus a glass of Barbacco Nero d’Avola. $35!
The Adventures of Fat Rice, at Motze
Motze (983 Valencia) is brand-new, but it’s not taking its time to settle in. This Wednesday, Nov. 16, it’ll host Chicago chefs Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo with a release party for their graphic novel cookbook, The Adventures of Fat Rice, which gets deep into the culinary history of Macau. Being a project by Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, there will be food, too: a three-course, $58 dinner. (You can buy the book for $35.)
Starbelly’s Crab Fest Returns Dec. 6
Because Dungeness crab season isn’t all kinds of messed up this year, Chef Adam Timney of Starbelly (3583 16th St.) will not only serve it with love at his restaurant’s annual Crab Feast, there will be sourdough garlic bread too. (Also a little gem salad, grilled broccoli, and warm apple cobbler for dessert, with wine available for purchase.) Tickets are $80 including tax and tip, and it all goes down Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
Horsefeather Gets a New Menu for Fall
Horsefeather (528 Divisadero) launched to some fanfare a few months ago, and now it’s got a new menu for the autumnal quarter of the year. While you’re deciding between the short rib pastrami or the halibut ceviche, consider the new signature cocktail, The Minstrel (pear- and clove-infused bourbon with Cocchi Americano, Nocino, and Crème de Cacao).
Retirement-Age Dive Bar Doctor’s Lounge to Shutter
Hoodline reports that Doctor’s Lounge (4826 Mission) — which is 65 years old and last caught our attention when it played home to an awesome Puerto Rican pop-up called Eat Gorda Eat last month — will shutter Nov. 30 owing to an 82-percent rent increase. Lame.
S.F. Will Get a Cannabis Gym
Hoodline reports that, in the wake of Prop 64, Plant Power Fitness will open a gym at an unspecified location near the corner of 16th and Guerrero streets. You won’t be able to buy edibles on-site, but you’ll be able to buy them from partner businesses and also vape while you’re there. Is cannabis a protein-powder replacement? A supplement to supplements? You’ll get a performance assessment to answer whether it’s right for you.
Nobody Knows Who Paul Newman Is Anymore So Newman’s Own Had to Change
Because millennials don’t recognize Paul Newman (who was an actor who died in 2008), The New York Times reports that his altruistic company has new packaging, and changed its slogan from “All Profits to Charity” slogan to “100 Percent to Charity,” because “all profits” is a very confusing phrase indeed.