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The Eater Wrap: Burger Bar Opens, Leiva Leaves, Dive Bars, MomoContests and MORE!

The Friday Eater Wrap recounts all the week's top stories over at Eater SF, including but not limited to the rebirth of the old Bong Su space, playing pigeon on Polk, Eater's monster Momo giveaway, and a little place called Burger Bar.

1) First came the sneak peek of Hubert Keller's Burger Bar, which opens today. Then came the full interior reveal, complete with a dedicated milkshake bar, private nooks and televisions in booths.

SPQR vs. SPQR: Two Meals, Two Opinions

When Jessica and I realized we had both separately made reservations at the “new” SPQR, we decided to write up our observations without first comparing notes. Although we’re two people that share some tastes, Jessica’s been far more of an SPQR aficionado than I have been. She loves rich and rustic, where I often like things a bit lighter and refined. Despite this, our two takes on one restaurant (no cheating allowed), turned out to be very similar. —Sara Deseran

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Market Watch: This Week's Cream of the Crop

In collaboration with Urban Kitchen SF, CUESA will host a hands-on kimchee class on October 27th with Todd Champagne from Happy Girl Kitchen. Just in time for the cold season, the class will focus on making this traditional fermented cabbage dish whose wonderful pro-biotic properties are said to boost your body’s immunity. Our hands-on classes sell out fast so get your tickets soon. If you can’t make the class, stop by Happy Girl’s booth on Saturdays to try their spicy version of this Korean staple.

Social Media Meets Social Beverage: Twitter Has Its Own Wine?

The news that Twitter is producing and selling its own wine for charity can only be seen as bizarre. Granted it's for charity—and a great one at that, Room to Read—but still, wine?

The label is called Fledgling and the wines are a Pinot and a Chardonnay. The partner in the project is Crushpad, SF's public, urban winery, where the wine is obviously going to be made. Of the $20 cost ($240 a case), $5 per bottle goes to the charity aimed at improving education in the developing world.

The Gastronomic Rise of the Castro?

It's always struck us as odd that the Castro—so close to the hallowed culinary ground occupied by the Bi-Rite, Delfina and Tartine trifecta, with a gorgeous theater as its centerpiece and, let's face it, filled with the "disposable income" types the right-wing media are always talking about—has never been a great spot for eating. We're happy to see that there seems to be a change afoot. The Castro has its own farmers market now (Wednesday nights until October 28) and Starbelly is quickly becoming the go-to neighborhood restaurant.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, former sf.myopenbar.com editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Wine tasting, wine pounding, and a trip to the moon (via the Rockit Room). Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

Viva la Vinolución! The Wine Guerrilla Rises

You may have seen his hopeful visage sprayed onto abandoned buildings or sketched in chalk on the cracked sidewalks of despair. Perhaps you've recently heard his name praised in the songs of local children or run into a band of teenagers who have left home to go in search of him. Whatever the case, there can be no doubt: The Wine Guerrilla is rising. It is his time.

This Week's Events: Pumpkins, Culinary Crawls and Burger Bar Beginnings

Between the Buns
This Friday, after a wait that at times seemed interminable, Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar opens! Beginning at 10:30 a.m. (really) you can crowd into the space and check out the buffalo, kobe, salmon and vegetarian burgers. But please note: you can only make reservations for parties of 13 or more.

Whiskyfest This Week: More than a Wee Dram

It's October, it's cool and wet. No better time for a wee nip of whisky—or maybe 200 nips of whisky, if you're planning to attend Whiskyfest this Friday. It's the biggest blow-out whisky tasting in the US, and it only happens in three cities: New York, Chicago, and SF.

Absinthe's Baker Shops His Wares at the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

We all know what this first big rain storm of the season means: more are on their way. I'm ready, actually, for soup and for roasted root vegetables and for an end to tomatoes. It's OK. I think I'll feel even better about the change of seasons once I get my hands on a butter pecan scone with Rittenhouse whiskey glaze, or a fig-fromage blanc scone with honey glaze. Where to purchase such goodies?

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