Hayes Valley's New Kids On the Block
The line at San Francisco’s newest beer garden can sometimes wrap around the block on weekends, so why not skip out of work a little early to enjoy a brew without the mayhem? Biergarten starts getting busy around 5:30 p.m. regardless of the weather—servers bring around heavy blankets to keep imbibers warm in the absence of heat lamps. No worries though. A half liter of Stiegl Pils and a brat basket (two brats and a pretzel) should be distraction enough. 424 Octavia St., 415-252-9289.
Schulzies Bread Pudding
Slated to open on Feb. 14 (as of press time), the snack shop boasts a mind-boggling 108 flavors of freshly baked, not-too-sweet bread pudding. With a following already in Venice, Calif., it’s bound to appeal to our local foodie set. Don’t miss the best-selling Earl Grey—you’ll never look at bread pudding the same way again. 364 Hayes St., 510-783-3464.
The Tenderloin Thai restaurant with a cult following opened its Hayes Valley location in November. Happily, the new outpost adds wine to its menu of authentic eats. Order the pad kra prow moo krob—stir-fried pork belly with crispy rind and basil leaves. Pair it with a traditional glass of Riesling. 307 Hayes St., 415-874-9661.
Art on the Green
This month, a new art installation takes the place of the giant metal woman sculpture on Patricia’s Green. Look for an intricately carved steel pyramid topped with a bodhi tree. Called Future’s Past, the piece is a nod to ancient civilizations by New York artist Kate Raudenbush.
Get a dose of New York chic at Steven Alan, the Manhattan retailer known for his keen eye for emerging designers. Formerly a dry cleaners, the space is outfitted in men’s and women’s wear, handbags from Steven Alan’s house line, small-batch gifts, and apothecary goods. Be on the lookout for silky dresses from Nolita’s No. 6 Store collection and classic unisex bags by J.W. Hulme Co. 445 Hayes St., 415-558-8944.
The Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk may soon have company just across Linden Alley where a new restaurant is reportedly set to open (it will have a second entrance from the Steven Alan store). Neighbors speculate that Wise Sons Deli may make a new home here.