Eat + Drink
Sometimes you need to talk biz and your usual salad bar joint or sandwich shop isn’t going to cut it. Here are five downtown (or downtown-adjacent) spots where you can have a range of lunch meetings, from casual to more dialed, to a boozy lunch!
Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit!
Here's your Pride Weekend drinking schedule. You're welcome.
7x7 asks the Bay Area's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email email@example.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
To appreciate Thad Vogler’s commitment to craft spirits, heritage cocktails, and the art of thoughtful bartending, you must witness him eat an apple. Measuring 6 feet 8 inches, the renowned liquor authority has the strong carriage of, he says, a horse, and thus tackles his fruit accordingly. “The first time I ever saw Thad eat an apple, it was a revelation,” says Jon Santer, owner of the Prizefighter bar in Emeryville.
Local organic ice cream purveyors Three Twins have created new flavors to honor San Francisco PRIDE weekend. Concoctions like "Two Tops Don’t Make a Bottom," "Michael Sam, Gay I Am," "Tea Bag," "Taint It Delicious," "Harvey Milk and Cookies," and others will not only help ease you into the frenzied gay weekend, but, most likely, amuse your Midwestern, small-town friends experiencing SF for the first time.
The greatness of Northern California dining, any local will tell you, starts with the top-notch ingredients grown here. But creative Bay Area chefs and farmers aren’t always satisfied with the standard bounty: They’re scouring the globe for a slew of exotic varietals to add to the regional mix. This new bumper crop of fruits, herbs, and vegetables is cool, kooky (lollipop kale, anyone?), and—in the right hands—refreshingly delicious. Meet the new “locals.”
As Traci Des Jardins would drive over the Golden Gate Bridge en route back into San Francisco, she’d gaze upon the Presidio’s thick forests and wonder how that dramatic plot of land, now a national park, came to be. As she devised the concept for The Commissary, her brand-new restaurant housed in the former army post’s main barracks, she was inspired by its history as a military settlement originally established by Spanish conquistadores in the 1800s.