The Snug refines bar food. (Courtesy of Jonathan Racusin )

The Snug Opens to Present Asian Fusion Bar Food + Gold Brick Pops Up With Gourmet Cheeseburgers

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The Snug Opens

The Snug, a new bar on Fillmore St, opened last week bringing craft beer, inventive cocktails, and refined bar food to Pac Heights. Behind the bar is Jacob Racusin (Bar Alembic), who will be creating contemporary versions of classic cocktails that feature elements made in-house such as Manhattans made with shitake-infused Japanese whisky and a house-blended amaro. In the kitchen, Brian Shin (Benu, Alinea) is at the helm, who is putting a twist on traditional bar food (think: pork trotter hot togs with cucumber, perilla, and mustard; housemade spam musubi lettuce wraps, and Korean fried chicken). Brunch and outdoor seating is soon to come. // 2301 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), thesnugsf.com


Al's Place Noodle Bowls at Nine

Chef Aaron London is rolling out nine o'clock noodle bowls at Al's Place. Starting at 9pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, there'll be tasty bowls featuring fresh rice noodles from San Jose made daily from with a choice of grilled and caramelized shrimp, pork, and trout, or a grilled 35-day dry-aged rib eye paired. Each will be topped with fresh, seasonal ingredients from the garden. The current noodle set features chanterelles, persimmon, pickled brussels sprout leaves, blistered squash, basil, mint, cilantro, shallot oil, and pineapple. // 1499 Valencia St. (Mission). alsplacesf.com


International Smoke Launches Happy Hour

Recently opened meat mecca, International Smoke by Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry, is launching a new weekday happy hour from 4pm-6pm. There'll be $7 glasses of wine, $8 bourbon and beers, and delicious discounted bar food, including pulled pork sliders, french fries with rosemary and garlic, charcoal grilled oysters, and smoked ribs available by-the-rib for $3.50/ea. // 301 Mission St. (SoMa), internationalsmoke.com



Gold Brick Burger Pop-Up at El Rio

Head to El Rio this Saturday night for a burger pop-up by cooks Tim Ferron (former Avedano's butcher) and Aaron Lindell (former sous at Cotogna). The duo will be offering double cheese burgers in both meaty house ground grass fed 5 dot ranch beef as well as chickpea and caramelized onion vegan versions alongside both furikake kewpie chili cheese fries. Ferron and Lindell have been doing these pop-ups at Anina and El Rio for a few months now under the radar, so check it out now while you can before it blows up. // Dec 9th, 9pm until they sell out, 3158 Mission St. (Bernal Heights), instagram.com/goldbrick_burgers



Holiday Brunch Market at The Progress

This Sunday, shop for special gifts while enjoying brunch and cocktails at The Progress. There'll be bags, ceramics, flowers, jewelry, kitchenware, art, and more from local Bay Area artists including MaryMar Clay, Foggy Notion, The Petaler, Petel Designs, Abacus Row, and many more. Pinhole Coffee will also be there pouring coffee and tea to keep up your stamina. // 11:00am-2:30pm, Dec 10th, 1525 Fillmore St. (NoPa), theprogress-sf.com

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