Eat + Drink
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Buy One, Get One Beer at Elixir: The Mission mixology palace Elixir serves a lot of tasty drinks, but they usually don't come cheap. In a bid to attain football-season dominance, however, Elixir is offering a limited-time coupon (with some help from City Dish): come in with a party of at least 4 for a weekend NFL/NCAA game or Monday Night Football, buy a pitcher of beer, and get a second pitcher of domestic beer gratis. It's all the lubrication you could need for cheering on your favorite team. Grab the coupon here. (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during games, at Elixir, 3200 16th St., Mission.)
The best thing to do for Labor Day weekend? Stay put. There's more parking, fewer lines and, if the weather keeps up, sunshine to boot. Let everyone else stew in traffic.
As a Bernal Heights resident, here's my advised plan for a great Sunday:
Half-Price Wine at Contigo
The caravan of RVs heading out of town only can mean one thing: Burning Man. While I don't mind the peace and quiet (sorry, I'm a square), the folks at Contigo are bummed to be missing the Playa. If your in the city this week, join them at the restaurant for Spanish food and wine--tonight and tomorrow, all bottles on the wine list normally priced under $45--that's most of them--will be half-off. Who needs the desert?
I've been a peach fanatic for a long time, subscribing to the peach-a-day theory until the bitter end of the season. So I was heartened to hear that there might be some primal reason behind this craving I have for the queen of stone fruits. To quote from the My Fruit, My Body press release: "A new study by AgriLife Researchers at Texas A&M University provides some extremely promising results in the fight against breast cancer. The study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, reported that even the most aggressive type of breast cancer cells died after exposure to peach and plum extracts in lab tests.
It’s possible Tyler Florence has something to prove. True, the chef has written five—soon to be six—cookbooks, starred on the Food Network for the last 14 years, launched a line of baby food (called Sprout) and opened The Tyler Florence Shop, where he sells his eponymous cookware and other preferred products. But never mind that: This is the summer that the New York transplant—who moved to Mill Valley in 2007—opened his first restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, in the former Rubicon space in the Financial District.
Though it's still a few weeks out, I want to make sure you all have the opportunity to snag a seat at the next Tartine Afterhours dinner, scheduled for September 29. About once a month, Samin Nosrat (a former cook at Eccolo, she now caters, is cofounder of Oakland's Pop-Up General Store and contributes to the Atlantic's food channel) partners with Tartine Bakery to prepare a three-course family-style meal—for $35 bucks.
Cha Cha Cha claims the best sauteed mushrooms known to fungi-kind (the hostess said she ate them every day for four months) and serves them (smelling delightfully of garlic and wine) in a decor that smashes Catholic idolatry with the essence of Carmen Miranda and a splash of luau.
Sometimes you just want to knock back a few drinks without getting completely blasted, right? That's where the delightful, refreshing pop of the Spritz cocktail comes in. The drink combines liquer with sparkling wine and a dose of club soda, and they're easy as pie to make. Our Liquor.com pals have a few recipes for you to try and drink on a leisurely afternoon.
The above picture is one of the official press photos of Prospect—the sweeping SoMa restaurant just opened by Team Boulevard. So you might understand why I've been imagining Prospect to look like an uninhabited, rather characterless—and in this photo's case—chairless space. (Notice the bar—no stools!)
Bartenders are encyclopedias when it comes to the best new spirits or any perfectly mixed cocktail. So wouldn't you want to know where they go when they feel like getting their drink on? Liquor.com has compiled a list of bartender-approved watering holes around the country, and San Francisco's very own R Bar is on it.