Tuesday Twelve: House of Prime Rib's Secret Menu, NYT Crowns L.A. “City of Breakfast”

Plus Mensho proves that people's willingness to wait more than three hours for ramen has not abated, and San Francisco is once again voted the best foodie city.

[jump] The House of Prime Rib Has a Secret Menu
7×7's Omar Mamoon discovered that the House of Prime Rib has super-secret options, and none of them is a King Henry VIII Cut, animal-style. Rather, you can get Henry VIII served in the style of another steak option, the English Cut, which is to say it will be thinner, potentially more flavorful, and also on the bone. For sides, there's also spinach that's been sauteed instead of creamed, and three types of horseradish (pickled, freshly grated, and with Tabasco).

The Lines at Mensho Ramen are Very Long
I'm still haunted by that time at the Ramen Festival when I talked to people who'd waited several hours for a bowl of soup, but apparently San Francisco's appetite for ramen is insatiable. Inside Scoop found that Mensho Ramen is creating lines of three-and-a-half hours, also known as half an entire workday, even though Katana-Ya is what, three blocks away? (Or go to Ju-Ni, an omakase restaurant that Hoodline reports is open at 1355 Fulton.) Either way, Mensho might adjust its late-night closing time as a result, because it's consistently running out of food.
Mensho Ramen, 676 Geary, mensho.tokyo.

Old Bus Tavern's Pop-Up Pulqueria
Pulque, the nowhere-near-as-well-known-as-mezcal, agave-derived liquor will get its time to shine the Sunday after next when beverage expert Salvador Gonzales shares what just might be the only commercially available pulque in the U.S. (along with a taste of Wahaka mezcal). Old Bus Tavern's Ryan Linden will create a speciality pulque cocktail for the occasion, and there will be pozole, too!
Pop-Up Pulqueria, Sunday, March 6, 4-7 p.m., $35, at Old Bus Tavern, 3193 Mission, oldbustavern.com.

Shinola Hosts a Cheese and Beer Tasting
Shinola, the artisan makers of lots of cool stuff, will host Mission Cheese and Fort Point Brewery this Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2-4 p.m. Why? Just because, really.
Shinola, 722 Montgomery St., shinola.com.

Peter Mondavi Dies at 101
The wine pioneer led Krug, the oldest winery in the Napa Valley, but it was his brother Robert (who passed away in 2008) who ran the company that bears their surname. Eventually controlling over 800 acres of prime land, Peter Mondavi was the first winemaker in Napa to import French oak barrels, which is now almost universal. According to the Napa Valley Register, he prospered by planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in what had previously been grazing land.

John Hong Is the New Sous Chef at Meadowwood
According to Eater, Katianna Hong has left Meadowood to run her former boss Christopher Kostow's new project The Charter Oak. In her place is her husband, John Hong.

Charles Phan Gets a Cafe at UC Berkeley
The Slanted Door's Charles Phan, who used to run the California Academy of Sciences' Moss Room, is set to replace UC Berkeley's Ramona's Cafe. According to Inside Scoop, there's no menu yet, although it will be “organic” and “international” as befits a building that includes the College of Environmental Design.

Another Consumer Org You've Never Heard Of Calls S.F. the No. 1 Foodie City
According to Infogroup, San Francisco is the foodiest city in all the land (although Santa Cruz tied for second and Santa Rosa is up there, too). They came up with the list by measuring six criteria, including how much people like to cook, how many single-location restaurants there are per 10,000 people, and what percentage of grocery stores are upscale. What always makes me skeptical of these things is how cities like Trenton, N.J. — an impoverished, deindustrialized hulk of its former self, with a population of under 85,000 — make the cut in a survey that would appear to be weighted strongly toward favoring cities whose residents have high disposable incomes.

However, L.A. Might Be Creeping Up on Our Coveted Brunch Status

The New York Times crowned Los Angeles the “City of Breakfast,” but the article really talks about all the inventive brunches found down south, from breakfast pizza to Korean latkes to Amanda Chantal Bacon's Moon Juice. The kicker? Eggs. The presence of a runny egg atop a brunch dish “increases your Instagram likes by 87 percent.”

Cereal is Over
The NYT also notes that things are changing for cereal now that college kids don't like to eat it for breakfast, lunch, an dinner: “Consumers over all are less interested in industrially processed grains as a meaningful start to their day.” At the same time, chefs love cereal because it's what's available at 2 a.m. after they've been cooking for hours. Me, I miss Honey Smacks.

Salon Calls Michael Pollan's Show Cooked Condescending

Michael Pollan: hero, or god among men? Not so fast with your accolades, according to Salon's TV critic Sonia Saraiya, who calls his show Cooked “condescending” and accuses it of a blinkered worldview: “In India, he points to the legendary tiffin system as a way to get home-cooked food at convenience — without acknowledging well, I think, the typically female and low-paying labor that goes into those meals.”

Starbucks Revamps Rewards Program
Are you a power user of Starbucks? If so, pay attention to McNewspaper USA Today, which says that under the old system of one star per visit, you typically spent $48 to get a reward beverage, while under the new system of two stars per dollar spent, you will have to shell out $60.

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