Eat + Drink
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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The recession has made way for people to open restaurants with the same DIY spirit that's inspired the current rash of picklers. Without a doubt, it's given the dog-eat-dog restaurant industry here a softer, more earnest face, infused with that original 70's Chez Panisse idealism. Whether or not this makes for a sustainable business model, the jury is still out. But for now, I'm enjoying watching neighborhood restaurants open here with a true homespun touch and genuine intentions.