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Foodie Updates: Verbena Debuts, 25 Lusk Plots a Mall Spinoff, and More

A flurry of food news arrives as we near the end of the year, and it all pertains to 2014. And while we haven't heard of any more new-year closings besides Bottle Cap, Andalu, and Fifth Floor, we're still watching and waiting. Sadly, 'tis the season for abrupt closings, as well as celebrations.

East Bay Dish: Where to Swig Holiday Cocktails

The best parts of the holidays include quality time with family, gifts, great food, and let’s face it, drinks. Why should Rudolph be the only one red in the face?

Five of the Spendiest Single Menu Items Around the Bay

'Tis the time of year for blowing your wad, on whatever, so please be advised there are several spots where you could do this most expeditiously via a single, luxe menu item.

Seven Signature Dishes at Zuni Café That You Must Try

With the death of longtime Zuni Café chef-owner Judy Rodgers last week, there's been a lot of talk about her iconic wood-oven roast chicken and bread salad. It's a comforting, beautifully simple dish, as full of juiciness and balance as when she created it in 1988. But it's hardly the only signature of the restaurant.

Foodie Updates: Fifth Floor Closing, Alta CA Debuts, and the Passing of Judy Rodgers

This week's food-world news was dominated by the death of longtime Zuni Cafe chef-owner Judy Rodgers at the age of 57. But a few other things happened, too.

Five Spots For Festive Holiday Cocktails Around Union Square

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It's an annual challenge: Where to make a pitstop, or where to end the day, after a harried holiday shopping trip around Union Square? There are, in fact, a handful of good and civilized options.

Foodie Updates: Sons & Daughters Taking Over Bottle Cap, Second Act About to Open in Upper Haight, and More

In this week's restaurant news, we have the closing of a two-year-old spot in North Beach, the impending opening of the food hall in the former Red Vic in the Upper Haight, and a chef shuffle at Russian Hill's Seven Hills.

Six Addictive New Bar Snacks to Eat Whilst Drinking

More and more fine drinking establishments around the city have learned that the key to selling that second or third cocktail is giving the customers some fun things to munch on in between.

Foodie Updates: Marla Bakery Opens a Mission Window, Reveille Coffee en Route to the Castro, and More

This week's food news includes a new location of one-year-old Reveille Coffee Co., which is opening a second cafe in the Castro; the addition of an ice cream bar at Daniel Patterson's soon-to-open Alta CA; chef George Morrone has a new restaurant; and a new bakery window in the Mission for Outer Richmond-based Marla Bakery.

Foodie Updates: Penrose Arrives in Oakland, Merigan Sub Shop Arrives in SoMa, and More

Topping the food news this week is the impending opening of the long-awaited Boot & Shoe Service/Pizzaiolo spinoff, Penrose (which won't be a pizza place), as well as the opening of a new sandwich spot from former A16 chef Liza Shaw, anniversary dinners at Quince, the return of Maverick brunch at Hi Lo, and the debut of Sabrosa in the Marina.

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