Eat + Drink
The street food scene has exploded in the last two years, with a new food truck being born every day. But just how far this trend can go? Is it sustainable? Are we witnessing gridlock? If there's one person who would have some thoughts on the matter, it's Matt Cohen, the 31-year old founder of the SF Cart Project and Off the Grid, the mobile street food market. We caught up with Cohen after listening to him speak on the future of food trucks at last week's Commonwealth Club event "SF Street Food Update."
SF has already cemented its reputation as a great brewing town, the home to Anchor, Magnolia, Social Kitchen & Brewery, 21st Amendment, Speakeasy, and other beloved craft breweries. For nine fledgling breweries, however, the journey is just beginning-- and if getting in on the ground floor is appealing to you, you'll want to mark your calendar for the Bay Area Nanobrewery Festival, to be held as part of SF Beer Week on February 13th.
You’re gonna need a bigger brisket.
This is what's going through my head as I peer out at the crowd swiftly forming in front of The Rib Whip, the latest sensation to hit what seems like the endlessly growing food truck scene. Parked in an empty lot on Ritch Street in SOMA, the truck serves up Midwest-style barbecue to a city that’s clearly been deprived. By 11:15 am, there’s already 10 people in line, and they look really, really hungry.
Unlike some more, ahem, corporate magazines that plot things out a year in advance, 7x7—with our editorial staff totaling six, including the art department—is often executed on a wing and a prayer.
Let’s just say pulling together February’s 7x7 magazine “Food + Love” cover story and the cover that went with it was quite a feat.
Though it evolved out of such innocence.
Chef Jason Fox has been shopping at the market since his days as Executive chef at Bar Tartine. Late last summer he opened Commonwealth with partner and Mission Street Food co-founder, Anthony Myint and is once again supplying his kitchen with seasonal fruits and vegetables from the farmers at the Ferry Plaza.
Emeryville’s Hodo Soy Beanery’s spicy yuba strips are made of the delicate and creamy sheet that forms on the top of heated soymilk. The strips are then marinated in spicy teriyaki sauce and pan-fried. Serve them warm with a nice cold Asahi. $5 at Rainbow Grocery, 1745 Folsom St., 415-863-0620.
Last fall, we published the 10 Best Lunches Under $10 in Union Square. It was so popular, we figured why not do every neighborhood? Rather than attack this subject as outsiders, we're approaching a hyperlocal dweller from each 'hood to give us their picks—starting with the Lower Haight.
No one knows this area better than Andrew Dudley, the editor of Haighteration— a blog about the news, events, personalities, and minutae of the neighborhood. From pizza to burgers, Dudley's picks show that he's a true man of the people.
While other MacWorld attendees are crowding into Quizno's at lunchtime, you, armed with this list, will be enjoying a genuine San Francisco culinary experience. Here’s our list for the best places to lunch (and drinks) around Moscone Center.
Drop by Tropisueno, just a breath away from Moscone, to fill up on traditionally-prepared burritos, tortas and tamales during lunch, and for post-conference drinks (margaritas!) and snacks such as super-fresh ceviche and refreshing Mexican shrimp cocktails. (75 Yerba Buena Lane, 415-243-0299. Open for lunch & dinner.)
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Waterbar and Epic's 3rd Anniversary: The twin titans of the Embarcadero, Waterbar and Epic Roasthouse, are on their way out of the terrible twos. Celebrate with them on Friday afternoon, when all of their usual happy-hour drink offerings will be available for just $3. Three, as it turns out, is the magic number. (Thursday, January 27, 3-6:30 pm, at Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, and Epic Roasthouse, 369 The Embarcadero.)
Today, Jan. 26
The Wednesday guest chef series at Pal’s Takeaway, inside Tony’s Market, is back on with a major sandwich from Laurence Jossel of Nopa. Between an Acme green onion slab, Jossel piles house-cured and smoked trout, house-smoked bacon, and pickled onions, plus a healthy spread of avocado-Meyer lemon mayonnaise. Get 'em starting at lunchtime for $8.50 at 2751 24th St. 415-203-4911.