The recently opened Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in San Francisco (1330 Fillmore at Eddy) has been grabbing the foodie spotlight lately with its daring Japanese fusion preparations, not to mention a musical roster chockfull of jazz notables. But here at the Dish, it’s all about the food, and restaurant manager Jenny Schwarz has a few unlikely favorites. “Personally, I love the lamb [chops served with fresh wasabi, garlic mousse, and tamari herb oil] and the chicken [half chicken, homemade teriyaki-glazed with rosemary jus],” she says. “I know as a restaurant professional it sounds boring, but the dishes are so delicious.” For more info, call 655-5600.
Speaking of Japanese food, the newly revamped Hotel Kabuki’s O Izakaya Lounge (1625 Post at Laguna) and the Marina’s Hime (2353 Lombard at Scott) are both capturing local tastebuds with their elegant, Californian-inspired small plates. And although the eternal search for San Francisco’s perfect burger would seem a very far cry from modern Japanese, O Izakaya’s eight-ounce Meyer burger on a potato black-pepper bun is garnering high praise, in part because of its scrumptious topping options: try maitake mushrooms, charred negi onion, shishito pepper, or a fried egg. O Izakaya Lounge: call 614-5431; Hime: call 931-7900.
Capping the end of a busy Strong Beer Month in San Francisco comes the perfect opportunity for that last hangover in the form of the Slow Beer Festival at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (Ninth Ave. at Lincoln) on Saturday, March 1, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Presented by Slow Food San Francisco and the San Francisco Brewers Guild, the beery blowout features more than 25 local brews from the likes of Magnolia Pub & Brewery, 21st Amendment, and Gordon Biersch, as well as tastings of artisanal edibles from Fatted Calf, Hog Island Oyster Co., and Harley Farms Goat Dairy, because, after all, man cannot live by beer alone. Tickets are $50; the $75 VIP ticket includes a goodie bag and local brewery tour. For more info, call 650-873-6060.
Alas, science has yet to figure out how we can be in two places simultaneously, because this Saturday is also the Sixth Annual Celebrity Crab Festival at Union Square from noon to 3:00 p.m. Get your fill of Dungeness alongside local chefs and members of the 49ers at this benefit for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. A noon crab-cracking competition kicks things off, followed by a crab-cleaning and eating contest. The Wine and Beer Garden will provide libations to get things off on the right foot. Admission is free; tickets for food and the beer and wine tastings are $5, or 6 for $25. For more info, call 781-7880.
Mission District’s Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission at 21st St.) takes the concept of dinner and a movie to another level by combining its acclaimed Californian-Mediterranean cuisine with screenings of classic, independent, and foreign films every evening at dusk in the industrial chic ambience of its candlelit courtyard. This week, sip a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc, slurp some raw oysters, and catch the 1957 Federico Fellini classic Nights of Cabiria, which follows the tragicomic travails of a Roman prostitute, played by the director’s wife, Giulietta Masina. For more info, call 648-7600.
This Thursday, Feb. 28, grab a few cold ones at 12 Galaxies (2565 Mission at 22nd St.), where all the cool kids in the Mission hang out. Open your ears for the Noise Pop Festival’s Rebel Reading Series, which celebrates the creative intersection between musicians turned writers and vice versa, featuring local literary heavyweight Beth Lisick and Frank Portman of Berkeley’s own punk-rock originals the Mr. T Experience, among others. 7:00 p.m., $5. For more info, call 375-3370.
It's time again to make the rounds of new joints, starting in Hayes Valley at Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates (401 Hayes at Gough), the distinctively artistic chocolatiers straight out of Kansas City. For more info, call 355-1105. Sticking with the sweet theme this week, grab a fro-yo double-scoop at Outer Sunset newbie TuttiMelon(2150 Irving at 22nd Ave.)