Eat + Drink
It’s not every day you find the business end of a pants-less cherub hovering over your gin and tonic. But if this is an experience you simply must add to your bar repertoire (really, you must), head to Gold Dust Lounge. Founded in 1933, this San Francisco institution seems to have handily avoided changing anything since. It still boasts the decor of a gold rush-era bordello, complete with worn red velvet, chipped gilt, and cheap booze.
It is a rare thing that I dine at a new restaurant with absolutely no preconceptions about it. Between Eater and Inside Scoop covering the smallest details of every restaurant opening and my own personal connections to the restaurant world in SF, I've almost always tracked the chef or restaurant owner's career to some extent.
Of all of my skills, skepticism is chief among them. So well-developed is my skeptical nature that I have the lines on my brow to prove it. So when I got a press release about yet another email newsletter touting "restaurant deals" I nearly deleted it. (OK. I did delete it. Thankfully my trash file never gets emptied. My apologies to our one-man IT department, always keeping me a step away from disaster.)
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.
Here's what else Tyler Florence is up to other than photo opps at Wayfare Tavern: making ballpark food healthier. Ty Flo's teamed up with The SF Giants and the California Table Grape Commission to steer us away from garlic fries and toward...grapes. For the mission, he'll be throwing out first pitches at ballparks around the country and inspiring us to forgo bacon hot dogs in favor of his own, healthy twists on ballpark fare (recipes below). He's throwing down at AT&T Park on August 14 as part of California Grapes Day, where you'll also have the once in a lifetime opportunity of getting your photo taken with some giant (read: terrifying) California grapes.
The Inner Sunset's Social Kitchen & Brewery has been catching our attention a lot lately. We highlighted them in our discussion of the cicerone (beer sommelier) trend, and then were extremely excited to hear that they're starting the weeks off right with German beer nights (Mondays are dedicated to Kolsch and Tuesdays to Dusseldorf).
Calling all foodies! Tomorrow, from noon to 1:30 pm at Fog City News—the only and best independent magazine, chocolate and soda shop in the city—our own senior editor Sara Deseran will be chatting about the makings of our latest food issue and a look back at 7x7's food issues from the past 10 years. Think of it as a little history lesson about the food scene in SF, with a question and answer period. Ask her anything—chef gossip, dining tips, what's next. And get yourself some good glossy Euro mags and chocolate while you're at it. Free subscriptions to 7x7 will be given out to guests. Come one, come all.