Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit!
Babu Ji Opens on Valencia
Babu Ji, the Indian restaurant from husband-and-wife duo Jessi and Jennifer Singh, opened its doors on Valencia street earlier this week. The restaurant, which has two other locations (the original in Australia and one in New York), brings a modern, playful twist to Indian dishes with menu items such as Colonel Tso's Cauliflower, an Indo-Chinese style cauliflower dish with tomato chili sauce, sesame and onion seed, and chives and the Unauthentic Butter Chicken marinated in yogurt, tomato, ginger and garlic with a fenugreek curry. Yum. // Closed Tuesdays, 280 Valencia St (Mission). babujisf.com
Red Dog's New Winter Menu
Chef Lauren Kiino of Red Dog Restaurant in SoMa has rolled out a new winter menu. New standouts include the Jerk Spiced Salt Spring Mussels with coconut-jalapeno fry bread, roasted honeynut squash and ricotta tortellini with hazelnuts, spinach, and sage brown butter, and the Clifford-free Red Dog Cioppino with local seafood, tomato broth, grilled bread and uni butter. Comfort food at its finest here. // Open Daily, 303 2nd St (SoMa). reddogrestaurant.com
Fine & Rare's 3RD Annual Crab Feast
What better way to celebrate Dungeness season than with Fine & Rare's 3rd Annual Crab Feast? Get your claws on unlimited crab, salad, garlic noodles, bread, and bottomless beer or mimosas. If this sounds too good to be true, it absolutely isn't. That is, unless tickets sell out, which they will. All proceeds will be donated to the Golden Gate Salmon association. // Saturday, December 3rd, 555 Golden Gate Ave (Civic Center). Get tickets here.
Mason Pacific Starts Brunch
Mason Pacific launched brunch last week. Chef Max is giving some delicious reasons to get out of bed on the weekends, including a sourdough waffle with maple and bacon, smoked trouth with crispy potato and braised leeks, NY strip steak and eggs, and of course, an avocado toast. Another brunch option is always welcome in San Francisco. // 10am-2pm, Saturday and Sundays, 1358 Mason St (Nob Hill). Masonpacific.com
New Chef in at Salt House
Chef Evan Gotanda is now at the helm of Salt House in SoMa. Gotanda, who is of Japanese descent and grew up in Los Angeles, has worked for some of the best chefs around the world, including Kyle Connaughton and Ludo Lefebvre. New menu item highlights include a Emmer & Co heritage chicken with stuffing, quince, pomegranates, yams, and brussel sprouts, and a foie gras crème brulee with huckleberry shrub, figs, spices nuts, and falafel bread, which sounds insanely delicious. // Open daily, 545 Mission St (SoMa), salthousesf.com
Civil Eats Celebration
Join a cornucopia of chefs, farmers, and food makers as they pay tribute to almost eight years of Civil Eats' independent food journalism. Civil Eats, which won publication of the year in 2014 from the James Beard Foundation, enlists over 100 contributors to help shine light on the American food system, publishing stories daily. Alice Waters will speak at the benefit, and you'll have an opportunity to hear from Editor-in-Chief Naomi Starkman. // 6:30pm-9:30pm, Tuesday November 29, 969 Market St (Mid-Market). Get tickets here.