Eat + Drink
The setup looks like a magic trick. Ten tulip-shaped champagne glasses side-by-side on a grated rail behind Buena Vista Cafe’s crowded saloon bar. Two cubes of C&H sugar drop into each glass. The bartender tips a pot of Peerless coffee and partly fills each glass down the line. A spoon follows, briskly pitching steam into the air. The heat is extinguished with a unbroken pour of Tullamore Dew whiskey and a white dollop of whipped cream.
The weather may not call for popsicles, but we don't really care.
Warning: Your check liver light may come on this week.
In this week's Scenes of the City, we peek behind the chocolate curtain with local confectioner Charles Siegel of Charles Chocolates to take a look at his sweet operation. Charles and his dedicated crew mix up pounds of fresh, handmade chocolate every day at their 7,400-square-foot HQ at the site of the old Potrero Brewing Company in the Mission.
Proper Food's Red Quinoa and Beet Pesto Salad is a popular lunch item among SoMa and FiDi worker bees, and it's not hard to see why: the hearty medley of quinoa, beets, wild baby arugula, walnuts, goat cheese, mint, basil, and red wine vinaigrette is both totally healthy and totally delicious.
Plus more new drinking destinations and In-N-Out in Alameda.
Want something a bit more special this holiday season for you and your friends? Nab a reservation at one of these choice private dining rooms in San Francisco. Clink, clink.
San Francisco may be famous for sourdough, calf-crunching hills, and beloved eccentrics, but nothing characterizes the city quite like the long lines people stand in to eat, drink, and be entertained. It’s as if the ice cream tastes sweeter if you’ve had to stand on shaking legs in the quickly approaching fog for over an hour. And SF not only promotes this behavior, it makes a business out of it. The general understanding is that lines boast the quality of what people are waiting for, and the hundreds of exceptional restaurants in SF know it. But are they worth the wait? We got in line to find out.