Eat + Drink
Adam Timney, chef, Starbelly
Tacos are the ultimate snack. Meat and bread. Beans should not be on a taco. Beans are a side. I don’t want a crispy shell. I don’t want sour cream. No super tacos. Just meat, salsa, cilantro and chopped raw onion. The tacos from the El Tonayense trucks are my favorite. I get a combo—tripe, cabeza, lengua and buche. They cook their tripe perfectly. Most places overcook it, but they do it just right, so it’s a little crispy and a little chewy. Four tacos, a Tamarindo—then a nap.
Just as Coke heads are going into withdrawal from the soda ban on city property that took effect last spring, restaurants around town have started serving up healthy alternatives—housemade sodas. Made without the dreaded corn syrup, these sodas are chaste enough to give Gavin a platform to stand on.
Indian summer demands refreshing wines that are easy on both the wallet and the palate. For this: seven keepers, $15 and under.
When cocktails get "healthy," mixologists usually turn to ingredients like pomegranate juice, acai berries or agave nectar. But the newest kid on the healthy cocktail block is coconut water. This miracle juice is nonfat, low in calories and loaded with enough electrolytes and potassium to stave off a nasty hangover.
Hot days and warm nights are finally here! Now where to eat outside? Sure, you know Foreign Cinema and pretty much any restaurant at the Ferry Building (from Slanted Door to Gott's). You've probably hung out drinking pisco sours on the patio at La Mar, had a bowl of mussels along Belden Place or done your share of carbo canoodling at Sociale. But when you're racking your brain for somewhere else, somewhere less expected, return to this list.
Liquor.com's Spirited Supper Series, which held its inaugural tasting event last week at Beretta (featuring mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald and lots of rum), is now headed to Jardinière. The September 2nd event will feature libations by Jardinière master mixologist Brian MacGregor paired with Traci des Jardins' signature French and California hybrid cuisine.
You would think that the best hotel bars would be found in sleek, modern resorts or boutique hotels, but it turns out that many of the most noteworthy drinking spots can be found in the country's most historic establishments. Liquor.com has put together a guide to the best watering holes to be found in historic hotels, featuring San Francisco's own Harry Denton's Starlight Room in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.
Right now, in kitchens throughout the city, cooks are preparing their dishes for the second annual SF Street Food Festival, happening tomorrow in the Mission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Should you be attending (and I really hope you are) here's what you can look forward to: 'Zilla dogs from 4505 Meats. Huaraches from El Huarache Loco. Roli Roti porchetta sandwiches. Tacos of every variety, including Korean. Bi-Rite ice cream sandwiches.