In my five years as a San Francisco resident, all of which I've spent living in the Mission, I've never once wished for a place in lower Pacific Heights. Sure, when SPQR first opened I thought about how nice it might be to live around the corner, to pop by for carbonara and a quartino of wine. When Pizzeria Delfina 2 opened, I simply thought, "How nice for those people! A Pizzeria Delfina of their very own!" while happily considering the stools that would free up at the 18th street location.
To celebrate our Eat & Drink awards (a.k.a the Piggies, thusly named because winners receive their own bronze pig statuette) we convinced seven of our winning restaurants to host pork-centric dinners on Monday nights throughout the month of February.
Participating restaurants: Ozumo, Delfina, La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Nopa and Kokkari—check out some of the amazing pork concoctions below. Smoked bacon cocktails and more! Behold below, the dates and menus—call restaurants directly to reserve your table!
Monday, February 9 - Nopa, Delfina
Monday, February 16 - Kokkari
Monday, February 23 - La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Ozumo
Last Monday, we threw our annual Eat + Drink Awards party, where we revealed our picks for the 5 Best Restaurants in the City and also announced the winners of the Eat + Drink Reader's Choice Awards. In addition to a healthy buzz from the Bulleit Bourbon cocktails, all the honorees walked away with a bronze pig (we like to think of them as the SF restaurant scene's version of the Oscars). Check out the video from the party below (we're just as fancy).
For a long time I've been awaiting the opening of Heaven's Dog. Yes, I've been looking forward to the food, but even more so I've been anticipating the drinks. Why? Simply because the Slanted Door cocktail program, long managed by Erik Adkins, is one of the best in the country. It doesn't get enough praise in the national press because it's overshadowed by the entire restaurant concept. But people like Adkins, Jen Colliau and the rest of the crew are as big of cocktail aficionados as anyone working at Bourbon and Branch or New York's PDT.
Now that Charles Phan is about to open his latest restaurant, Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop, comparisons between the San Francisco super-star chef and his New York equivalent, Momofuku empire-keeper David Chang, seem inevitable. They both now preside over some of the best-loved restaurants in their respective cities, serving Asian food with a decidedly modern bent. Reservations are hard to come by at both Slanted Door and Momofuku, Ko and Momofuku Ssam bar. Chang's recently opened Momofuku Bakery–Milk Bar is his fourth venture, and Heaven's Dog makes baby number three for Phan.
As luck would have it, Danny Meyer’s plane sailed into SF yesterday morning right like clockwork, giving him just enough time to grab an early lunch with me at Piccino before he was off to give a talk at the California Culinary Academy’s swanky new pad in Potrero Hill. (The lecture, Obama-esque in Meyer’s very earnest yes-we-can attitude, was all about giving the love back to your diners by way of excellent hospitality—not just sending them off with tomorrow-morning’s coffee cake.)