Eat + Drink
You say siphon—I say Slayer. If the hype is to be believed, then the Fourth Wave of coffee has begun. In the life span of java, the four-wave theory is broken down thusly:
The post-WWII rise of instant coffee (first); Starbucks and Peet’s (second); obsessive, bean-sourcing micro-roasters like Blue Bottle and Four Barrel (third); and what I’ll deem the “machine age” (fourth).
One of the year's best films arrives this weekend in the form of Hot Tub Time Machine, a delightfully inane, raunchy comedy that puts the movies it will inevitably be compared to – last year's The Hangover, for instance – to shame. Elsewhere:
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. March Madness at Royal Exchange: Even though most of the games won't be showing in the hours they're offering this deal, Royal Exchange is aiming to get FiDi denizens in the mood for the final weeks of March Madness. They're offering $3 Bud, Bud Light, and Shock Top hefeweizen all day, as well as $5 buffalo wings and nachos to help soak it up. It should provide some balm to those whose busted brackets mean they won't be seeing the $20 for the office pool anytime soon. (Monday-Friday through April 5th, 11 am-11 pm, at Royal Exchange, 301 Sacramento St., Financial District.)
All-You-Can-Eat at Showdogs
Chow down on dogs, onion rings and microbrews—all for a good cause! On March 25th, Showdogs is hosting an all-you-can-eat bonanza. For $20, you’ll have unlimited access to beer, gourmet sausages, bbq fries and onion rings. There will also be live music and an auction of gift certificates to both Show Dogs and sister restaurant Foreign Cinema. Proceeds will benefit the nearby SF City Academy.
If all goes according to plan, this is shaping up to be quite the season for the Absinthe crew. We've been tracking the developments over at Comstock Saloon—highlights include a mid-April opening and pickled eggs—oh, yes, and drinks from Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger, as well as a tricked out location in a historic building on Columbus. Now, via Grub Street and Tablehopper comes word that the Absinthe crew is taking over the Citizen Cake space—soon, Hayes Valley domination will be complete.
The art of running a good sports bar is slightly different from that of running a good bar. As more and more high-class palaces of mixology open in SF, it's important to remember that sports bars, too, deserve love. Here are the four SF contenders that were nominated for Thrillist's Bar Madness contest, and our thoughts on each. (McTeague's made it to the Final Four, but was knocked out by Chicago's The Fifty/50).
The reader picks:
I got turned on to sparkling sake when I was in Tokyo last fall to do a spot-check on the A16 there, which opened in September. I go three or four times a year to talk to the cooks about new recipes and see how things are running. We were at this yakitori place in Ginza, some seriously down and dirty spot that’s a celebration of the chicken. They put all parts of the chicken on a skewer—tail, neck, gizzards. But we started the meal with sparkling sake, and that’s how I got introduced to it.