Eat + Drink
Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon Appetit!
Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo in the same week? This could be trouble.
A meal at The Restaurant at Meadowood has become one of those foodie bucket list items reserved for truly life changing meals. Adding to the magic of Meadowood cuisine? Cameron Rahtz. Rahtz, 28, is Meadowood’s dedicated forager — he moved to Northern California five years ago and has been a fixture in Chef Christopher Kostow’s kitchen ever since.
For nearly three years, Devil’s Teeth Baking Company has been seducing Outer Sunset families, Ocean Beach surfers, and – more recently – tourists, with its all-American lineup of sweets and savories. Find giant ginger cookies concealing chunks of crystalized ginger, pie slices that erupt with seasonal fruit, and the famed egg, bacon, and cheddar breakfast sandwich served on a biscuit. Bargain prices make binging easy.
After an R&D trip with Ryan Farr (4505 Meats) to check out barbecue in Kansas City and the Carolinas, Lee took the helm as chef at Smokestack, the counter-service restaurant coming soon to Magnolia Brewery’s Dogpatch location.
You may have noticed that the word "garum" has been making multiple appearances in restaurants' ingredient lists around town. You may have even asked a server about it. And if you haven't noticed it before, you're likely to now. You'll see it appear in dishes at Verbena, Coi, State Bird Provisions, Plum, and many other Bay Area restaurants.
The right beer can be food’s best friend, as the rise of restaurant-specific beer collaborations indicates. These tag-team brews, including stellar examples from Mission Chinese Food, Tosca, and Bar Tartine, often work elements from their partner kitchens into the brewing process. Ultimately, though, the goal is to make the beer drinkable, and a great accompaniment to much of the food menu.
This week's roster of food news starts with the Mission, where La Rondalla is finally, finally reopening after looking like it was ready to reopen for the last two years. Also, Gashead Tavern – from the owner of the recently shuttered Attic – is on its way to the former Charanga space, and Fearless, the first of two SoMa eateries from Il Cane Rosso chef Lauren Kiino just swung open its doors.