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The Eater Wrap: Nate-O-Matic and the New Home of Frances

Welcome back to the Eater Wrap, the weekly report from Eater SF on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including dive bars, unfortunate celebrity chefs hairdos and a little thing called the Nate-O-Matic.

1) With the help of Citysearch's Patrick Heig, Eater SF rolled out a new feature called A Beer At, in which the city's many anonymous, forgotten watering holes are examined, one by one. For the maiden voyage, Mr. Heig soaked in everything Chelsea Place had to offer. And more.

Anti-West-Coast Bias Brewing in the Cocktail World?

Is the cocktail world showing bias against the West Coast cocktail scene—and San Francisco in particular?

In support of such an idea there is the following evidence:

Market Watch: Flying Saucers Sighted, Plus Kraut Galore

Dahlias were out in full force and in just about every color at Cypress Flower Farm this week. Farmer Randy Dardanelle grows these summer beauties on his 12-acre farm in Moss Beach. This flamboyant flower, a native to Mexico and Central America, is also the official flower of San Francisco. It’s hard not to swoon over these delicate blooms in all their bright hues and intricate forms.

Today's Hot Links: Cane Rosso's Open, Free Ice Cream Sundaes

Because, really, who can resist a free upside-down sundae?

The Ferry Building's newest addition, Cane Rosso, stands at the ready with porchetta.

Trigger fingers: the new crop of hunting enthusiasts.

How a cruise ship serves 4,000 meals.

A first glimpse at Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni's memoir.

2009 Burger Bonanza: Is Epic's Burger Truly Epic?

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

Epic Roasthouse

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, former editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Sympathy for the unemployed, and a bevy of great happy hours. Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.

Nate Appleman Leaves A16: So True

Golden boy Nate Appleman has left both A16 and SPQR where he is both chef and co-owner. The grapevine news comes only a month after Appleman cooked at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which honored his selection for one of the annual, coveted "Best New Chef" slots, and just a couple months after he accepted his Rising Star Chef award from the James Beard Foundation.

Girls Gone Wild (Boars): Traci Des Jardins and Loretta Keller Go to Mongolia

There's no end in sight to the pig posturing around here, but so far it's been done primarily by men. Primarily chef-men. It continues on with the endless whole pig dinners, Ryan Farr's butchering demos and general pork-product madness. (I love this Details article.)

Mixology Madness: Neighborhood Bartender Bracketology

Just last night, while tending bar at Cantina (which I do most Mondays), I chatted with a lovely young couple on vacation from Tuscon. With plans already to see Alcatraz, etc, they asked me what I thought they should do while in town. "Get out and walk the neighborhoods," I told them. "That's where the heart and the identity of San Francisco is. And it's the most fun you can have to see what they're all about."

Today's Hot Links: Your Tattoo For Bacon, TiVo Bourdain Tonight

Submit a picture of your wine or food-related tattoo, win a free year of bacon.

Does the elitism of the Slow Food movement make you want to barf?

We can't wait—Julie and Julia hits the big screen August 7.

Advocates for good food spearhead a Bayview/Hunter's Point initiative.

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