It's about time Charlie Palmer opened a restaurant in San Francisco. Palmer is the chef who put the Michelin-starred Aureole on the map in New York in 1988—when he was just 28 years old. He's gone on to open some other restaurants you may have heard of: Astra, Charlie Palmer Steak and Dry Creek Kitchen in the Hotel Healdsburg.
Your feet ache from pounding the pavement. The handles of your Macy's/Bloomie's/H&M/Hermès shopping bags are carving deep welts into your hands. Are you seeing stars or are those Christmas lights? You're starting to lose the spirit.
It's time for a pit stop. Here's just some of the great places around Union Square to fuel up and get right back out into the thick of it.
Yes, there are great burgers at this upscale burger spot on Market Street, but if you're still wallowing in self loathing from your Thanksgiving gorge, the portabello sandwich is mighty fine too.
Local Band Name Breakdown: Where we ask Bay Area bands the story behind their names. Don't pretend you never wondered.
Oakland-based Wax Idols, the badass group of gals (and one bass-playing guy!) banging out post-punk gems and one of our top 7 bands to watch this year, are quickly proving to be one of the rawest, rough and ready bands doing the dive scene in the city right now. Fronted by singer Hether Fortune (quoted here), they just debuted their first video to the Wire-esque "All Too Human", which we can't stop spinning.
Once upon a time, spirits steeped with herbs (like Aperol, an Italian bitter liqueur) were considered restoratives to treat mind, body, and even hangovers. Throw together a curative for whatever may be ailing you New Year's Day with The Kerouac from Burritt Room bartender Kevin Diedrich.
7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you want to make at home, send us an email. Your wish may just end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
You're going to need somewhere to go to celebrate the new decade, right? Our picks for the best ways to throw down.
The revamped Burritt Room, the new Prohibition-style bar hidden away in the Crescent Hotel, is also proving itself to be quite the fine music venue.
All shows are on weekends and are FREE, which means you've got more cash to spend on their tasty seasonal and classic drinks and punches. This past weekend, freewheeling rock bohemians Leopold & His Fiction riled up the slinky, seductive speakeasy's atmosphere.