This week in restaurant and bar happenings around town, we bring you news of the new Bar Agricole spinoff Trou Normand, a new chef back at Bar Agricole, a new Mexican brunch option, and news about the replacement concept at Fifth Floor, arriving in May.
Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon Appetit!
The big food headline of the week is the closure, later this month, of Chris Cosentino's 12-year-old flagship Incanto. But also in the news is the opening of Humphry Slocombe's Ferry Building shop, the debut of Local Cellar in the Mission, and yet another beer bar on its way to Lower Nob Hill.
The last few years have ushered in a host of mini-empires in the San Francisco food scene, even if some of those are just empires of two. Restaurants like Acquerello, Quince, and AQ have all opened sister restaurants, sometimes next door, where the food is a little less fussy and the service is often top notch if a little more laid back, but still with the pedigree and quality of their fine-dining sibling. Below, our guide to the more recent crop of these spots, in case you didn't already know they were there.
This week in restaurant news, we have the revamp of two shuttered spaces, one in North Beach and one in SoMa, and the return of restaurateur George Chen, who's at work on a big food complex in Chinatown.
It's not unreasonable to say that nowhere else in the country are there so many menus that are in a constant state of flux as there are in San Francisco. Maybe it's because nowhere else do the talents and ambitions of local chefs combine with the huge, tempting array of farmers' market produce available in any given week, and these chefs just can't help themselves.
This week's food-world news brings us a new beer bar in the Tenderloin, the closing of Pearl's Deluxe Burgers 2-year-old mid-Market location, and the debut of the new modern Thai restaurant near Union Square from famed food blogger Chez Pim.
For those of us hardcore omnivores, the art of creating truly crave-worthy vegetable dishes tends to involve something fried, and usually involves cheese. I, for one, would make a really fat vegan, because I'd eat nothing but french fries and veggie burgers. Below, a few of my personal favorite vegetarian items around town that are definitely not diet-friendly, but are worth a special trip.
In this week's food news, we have the opening of a new beer spot WOODS Polk Station, a new project in SOMA from Chris Cosentino, the launch of Pal's Burger Time, and a new wine bar headed to a troubled building in the Tenderloin.
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