Eat + Drink
It's Memorial Day weekend, which signals the start of summer (nice 11th hour appearance, sun) and with it, festival and fair season. One we're particularly excited for is the CUESA Urban Eats festival at Giants County Fair on June 20th. We're big fans of CUESA (see their weekly Market Watch column) and our fabulous Eat + Drink editors Sara Deseran and Jessica Battilana will be judging the fair's local homemade and homegrown food contest.
Shopping with chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto restaurant can be an adventure. His Food Network series Chef vs. City and his many appearances on shows like Iron Chef America and Best Thing I Ever Ate have made him something of a local celebrity. As we walked through the market on a recent Saturday heads were definitely turning and I even caught a few folks whipping out their camera phones to get a candid photo of the chef in action. Chris’s gregarious personality lends itself well to television, but he’s deeply dedicated to the Bay Area and has a tremendous amount of respect for the farmers who grow the food he cooks.
A whole list of suitably ironic hipster bars was concocted for this series and I fully intended to stick with it, at least until I found myself at the Clift Hotel with out-of-town guests on Monday night. People, drinking in the Redwood Room is like attending Hogwarts without the treacle pudding and magical ability. Fairly innocuous while displaying Klimt's greatest hits, the digital frames lining the redwood walls eventually switched to unsettling Harry Potter-esque portraits of people who move when really they should be sitting still. Rather than blinking and breathing and staring down their patrician noses as you gulp your second strawberry margarita.
This rain is taking a beating on my psyche. I'm pretty sure though that I could be cheered by the right bowl of soup. And today, I'm craving the most delicious lentil soup that they make at Yemeni's Restaurant (1098 Sutter St., 415-441-8832), a six-month old addition to the TenderNob that my friend took me to the other night.
Fans of craft beer have plenty to be jazzed about when they hit a Giants game these days. The new Public House (part of the Acme Chophouse revamp that also includes a second location of Mijita) boasts a well-curated, California-heavy beer program, including two cask ales and a slew of bottles. The best part? Plastic cups behind the bar make it easy to tote a dram of Old Rasputin stout or Racer 5 IPA right to your seat-- for less money than a cup of Bud costs upstairs. The bar even has its own low-traffic entrance to the park, allowing fans to duck in for a refill during the seventh-inning stretch.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. SF Vegan Drinks: With all the rules and regulations that go into being a vegan, alcoholic beverages are typically a safe choice, which is probably why we see so many vegans downing them on a regular basis. Network with fellow vegans (or try out the lifestyle) at this special happy hour, which will feature $5 alcoholic root beer floats and $1 vegan "hot dogs." Just be sure not to drink so much that you find yourself suggesting late-night pizza or burritos. (Thursday, May 27, 6-8 pm, at Martuni's, 4 Valencia St., Upper Market.)
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