A few years ago, the number of restaurant closings continued to eclipse the amount of openings. Tableclothed, high ticket items like Jack Falstaff, Two and Zinnia bowed out, one after another. Those who deigned to enter the scene did so with newfangled ideas for a less-than-optimistic climate: Things like "comfort food," "pop-ups," and burger menus. Now, the tides appear to be shifting again as big budget, bravado-filled restaurants have started throwing their weight around. Here are four multi-million dollar restaurants on the horizon, proving the economy might just be on the mend.
At Starbucks and Peet's, fall means pumpkin lattes flying out of barista's fingers at warp speed. Although it is as trite as a red rose boutonniere, the allure of eating (or drinking) pumpkin in fall will never die. For those who prefer their pumpkin in non-syrup form, here are seven seasonal pumpkin dishes to try, from smooth pumpkin pie-flavored ice cream to a gourd-topped Neapolitan-style pizza pie.
On Friday at 6 pm, a gorgeous explosion of intricate costumes, music, candles, skulls and flowers will inhabit the Mission District for the annual Dia De Los Muertos procession. All of the joy and pain is offered up for those who have passed, and naturally, there are many edible and drinkable ways to pay your respects. Here's a rundown of the special events going on around the Bay Area, from The Mission to Sausalito to the East Bay.
While traditional-style San Francisco dim sum has been a presence in the Avenues and Chinatown forever, recently a small crop of new Chinese spots is starting to break those physical boundaries. M.Y. China and Hakkasan are both high-profile, grandiose projects slated to open downtown in November, and we've already got the new Shanghai in the Castro, just blocks away from the five-week-old Mama Ji's dim sum pop-up at Queen Malika Cafe (4415 18th Street).
If you don't know your way around a dim sum cart, it is time for a vocabulary lesson. Here now, a back-pocket guide based on a deluge of noodly nuggets sampled yesterday at Mama Ji's.
Pumpkin ale, huckleberries, smokey tinctures, and burnt leaves are showing up on cocktail lists all over town. Call them reminders of fall after the 5 o'clock hour. Here now, seven new autumn drinks that conjure up fallen leaves, spiced pie, crisp air, and gingerbread, all within the confines of a cozy bar.
Think Turkish food is all dolmas, hummus and baklava? Think again. A crop of new and established modern Turkish restaurants meld local, organic ingredients and classic dishes, creating some eye-opening Turkish flavors. Here are new takes on tartare, pot pie, pasta and more, transporting you to totally different Turkish food territory.
Every October, San Francisco welcomes Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Golden Gate Park, offering three days of live music and an epic lineup of talent. The "pinch me, I must be dreaming" part? It's all blessedly, totally free (Thank you, Warren Hellman!). Have cash in hand to blow on the 30 or so food vendors planning to be there. But first, take a look at our breakdown of the best food trucks, stalls and butchers who will be on site, divided up by the stage where they'll be posting up.
Last week, we debriefed you on the Oktoberfest happenings at go-to German spots around town: Schroeder's, Schmidt's, Suppenkuche, and Leopold's. Today, with October officially upon us, it is time to take a look at the rest of the restaurants and brewpubs offering deals. Now, all you have to do is knock back enough brats, kraut and pretzels to warrant a lederhosen loosening.
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