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Foodie Agenda: The Ramen Bar Opens, New Brunch Options, & More

New brunch items and cocktails at Loló. Photo: Ryan Robles PR

Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit! 

Gourmet 4th of July Grillbox via Luke's Local 

Make this July 4th delicious and easy (super easy) by having your favorite cook-out foods delivered to your door. Seriously, it doesn't get any simplier than the grillbox from Luke's Local. Order items like pulled pork, Luke’s house-ground burgers, Marla Bakery burger buns, SRSLY gluten-free burger buns, 4505 Meats artisan hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork, marinated chicken and steak, corn on the cob, potato salad, and pesto pasta salad. Add condiments like Rib Whip’s Kansas City BBQ sauce, Rumiano cheddar, Paulie’s Pickling dill pickles, and Early Girl tomatoes for that perfect finishing touch. Get grillin'! 

Order here by Monday, June 30 at midnight, and Luke’s Local will deliver the goods to your doorstep on July 1-2.

Starbelly Alfresco Picnic Paired with Local Brews 

Last time Starbelly put on one of their family-style urban picnics (in June), the sucker sold out in days. So pay attention: this month features Brown Sugar and Honey Rubbed Ribs paired with beers from Anderson Valley Brewing Co., so you know they'll go fast. Chef Adam Timney will prepare American culinary classics like fried chicken, whole roasted pig, and honey rubbed ribs, each paired with delicious veggies, seasonal salads, a frew brew, and dessert. Sounds like heaven. 

Tuesday, July 8: $39, Various times, Starbelly, 3583 16th St. Get tickets here

Ken Tominaga and Michael Mina Introduce the Ramen Bar

Mina's first casual, fast-food concept, the Ramen Bar, opens this week in downtown San Francisco. Serving up Chef Tominaga's signature Tokyo-style ramen bowls, the spot will also include a selection of rice dishes and market-fresh salads that can be served upon a bed of chilled gluten free noodles, with a choice of Japanese-inspired toppings such as miso salmon, grilled short rib, and marinated tofu. Other menu highlights includes the Beef Kare Rice Bowl – a gorgeous combination of tender, slow-cooked beef, vibrant pickled daikon, short-grain rice, and a toss of paper-thin fried onion.

Opens Monday, June 30: 8 am - 9 p.m.101 California Street 

The Square Launches Brunch and Bar Bites 

Another new brunch spot to add to your rotation, the Square kicks off the weekend with new menu items like buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and apple bacon, shrimp & grits, Dark Hill egg benedict with braised greens, Surryano ham and crispy potato, and hickory smoked Idaho trout with pickled onion on a bagel. Starting Wednesday, the North Beach eatery will also offer bar bites with snack and drink specials. You're looking at: a Firebrand Pretzel with melted cheese ($5), Roasted Bone Marrow with parsley salad ($6); Corspe Reviver No. 2 made with gin, lemon, lillet, and absinthe ($8); and shot and a beer specials like Fernet and a can of Hamms American Lager ($6).

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m, Bar Bites: Wednesday to Friday 4 - 6:00 p.m. 1707 Powell

Loló's New Brunch Hours and Menu 

Starting this weekend you can enjoy a new brunch menu and new cocktails at Loló, with extended hours to boot. Opt for the Croissant French Toast with housemade maple syrup or the Mexican Benedict Eggs, and try one of the new cocktails inspired straight from a Loteria game board—e.g., La Sirena (Mezcal, Chareau, Aloe, Cantaloupe, Cucumber Liqueur, Lime, Bitters, Mezcal-Soaked Chia Seeds) or La Dama (Mezcal, St Germain, Watermelon, Bitters, Celery Seeds). Previously closed on Sunday, Loló's is now open seven days a week. ¡Hallelujah! 

Brunch: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 974 Valencia

Al Fresco Fútbol at Radius 

Radius completed an upgrade to their outdoor patio, just in time for choice World Cup viewing. In addition to new biergarten tables and bar seating, they installed two big flat screen TVs and will be open from 9 a.m. onward for all US games, knockout rounds, and playoff matches. Plus, $.50 from every beer and $1 from every half-carafe of wine sold during FIFA games will go to SF Food Bank and the SF Baykeeper. Get drinking for the cause! 

Brunch begins at 10 a.m. (Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. (Sunday-Monday); 1123 Folsom