While fans of most pop-ups are reduced to helpless Twitter slaves, chasing their beloved Korean-Mexican burrito around the city like headless chickens, a few of these newfangled pop-ups have quite predictable schedules. Ravi Kapur's Hawaii-inspired Liholiho Yacht Club, which holds court every Monday night at Citizen's Band comes to mind. And there's also Sous Beurre Kitchen, a French-California-style pop-up chef Michael Mauschbaugh has operated out of Sugarlump Cafe on 24th Street almost every night of the week for a year now. It's so consistent it basically feels like a—dare I say it?—a restaurant.
Despite what year-round "spider" crab sushi rolls might tell you, soft shell crabs are a highly seasonal item, available in very limited quantity, especially on the West Coast. Supplies of these freshly molted crabs, a product of Chesapeake Bay shellfish, are usually exhausted by July, so order them up anywhere you see them. We recommend you take this list of Bay Area restaurants serving soft shells, and squeeze in as many dishes as humanely possible in the next few weeks.
Several new grass roots start-ups are taking the obsessive approach we've grown to expect from third wave coffee, and artisanal cocktails, and applying it to juice. Yes, juice. Tropicana, consider this a warning: all three of these super fresh spots squeeze locally farmed fruits and vegetables within hours of sipping time.
Although it might not be brilliantly sunny out today for Memorial Day, barbeque is definitely in the forecast. If a side of ribs or butt of pork didn't make it into an overnight marinade yesterday, not to worry. Several barbeque spots are open today, offering high volume take-out orders to squelch any last-minute party anxiety. Whether or not you reveal who actually made the brisket is your call.
On Sunday, all manner of Golden Gate Bridge fanaticism will take hold of the water-bordering area between Chrissy Field and Marina Green for the entire day. It's the International Orange icon's 75th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with a huge watercraft parade, a car show, and a "Bridge Dance"—all of it culminating with an explosion of fireworks from beneath and above the bridge at around 9:30 p.m. They're closing down pubic parking in the Presidio, Marina Green and Chrissy Field, but there will be lots to eat and see once you get there via bike or on foot. Take a look at the full rundown of festival highlights here, and see our complete rundown of all the food stalls that will be set up. You'll find us at the ones with a "**" besides them.
The popular Heart Wine Bar abruptly closed last year when the owner decided to move back to New York, leaving a huge vacant spot on the corner of Valencia and 24th Streets. Not two weeks after opening in its stead, new "wine tavern" St. Vincent is jam-packed nightly, and already seems to be quite the second act at this address. Owner David Lynch trailblazed a $40 fixed price wine list during his last job as the sommelier for Quince and Cotogna, and he's forging into new terriority here at St. Vincent too.
Yesterday, I dropped in on Butter Love Bakeshop's new pop-up shop at Adorabella's (4401 18th St.) in the Castro, and owner and head baker Esa Yonn-Brown immediately got to work cooking one of her new yeast-risen waffles for me. Just after peeling the golden, light-as-air confection from the iron, she gave it a healthy shellack of soft maple butter. And with good reason: "If you've got 'butter' in our name," says Yonn-Brown. "You kind of have to do the butter thing right."
Like it or not, California's state-wide ban on foie gras begins on July 1. If you're one of the many pro-foie types living in San Francisco, you should know that lots of restaurants are making the most of the next seven weeks with plans to serve foie to the bitter end. Many chefs see foie gras as a link to the history of gastronomy, as French greats like Fernand Point started working it into refined cookery in the late 19th Century. Now, our country's two reigning artisan foie gras farms: Sonoma Aritsan Foie and Hudson Vally Foie Gras, are wrapping up distribution to Calfornia. Here, seven top dishes to try before foie ends its timeline.
We're not denying the allure of a refreshingly unhip scoop of vanilla ice cream, or the siren song of a scoop of Bi-Rite's impeccable salted caramel ice cream. But there are times when it's hot out, and you don't want ice cream. Enter an arresting coconut shaved ice "sundae" from Namu Gaji—topped with pinenut crunch, caramel drizzle and coconut brittle, no less. Here are the hottest new cold desserts in town. Sorry, plain old ice cream, you didn't make the cut.
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.
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