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Foodie Updates: Porcellino Quickly Opens, Woodbury Debuts, and More

This week in the city's food and drink scene we have a speedy switch-up at the the former Incanto location in Noe Valley – it's already been revived as the more casual and family-oriented Porcellino. The former Spire and Baan space on Third Street has found new life as a bar called Woodbury, celebrity chef Rick Bayless has yanked his taqueria concept out of Macy's basement, and you should brace yourselves for a bunch of new restaurants opening in the next two months.

Inside North Beach's The Square, a Pub With a Michelin Pedigree

Perhaps it’s a reaction to the recent recession-era dining, or maybe chefs are just kicking off their proverbial heels, but notably casual follow-up restaurants from fine-dining icons have proliferated in the past few years.

Quick Palm Springs Getaways, in Three Price Ranges

Palm Springs and the other desert cities that are its neighbors are quickly evolving and adapting to the desires of a new generation of tourists (and Coachella-goers) from all over California and beyond. The last few years have seen a bevy of older hotels transformed into hip new boutique destinations, and new restaurants have been popping up catering to the demanding palates of Bay Area and Los Angeles weekenders.

Foodie Updates: Tartine Expands, Urban Putt Opening, and More

Front and center among this week's food news is the planned expansion of Tartine Bakery to the Heath Ceramics building at 18th and Alabama. But elsewhere in town, two-year-old Dixie has called it quits in the Presidio, the Mission's new mini-golf course/bar/restaurant Urban Putt is set to open in a few weeks, and French Laundry is heading for a temporary closure – and possible stint as a pop-up.

Food & Wine's Best New Chef Alums: Where Are They Now?

Last week, Food & Wine magazine unveiled their picks for the prestigious, annual Best New Chefs issue, and among this year's class of ten is San Francisco's own Matthew Accarrino, executive chef at SPQR.

Foodie Updates: Castagna Reopens, Bad Reviews for Mission Chinese, and More

Maybe you spent those couple of rainy nights this week huddled at home, or maybe you returned to your favorite, most comforting neighborhood haunts for familiar meals. In any event, here's what's been happening in the restaurant scene while you were hiding out.

Spring Has Sprung with First-of-the-Season Asparagus Dishes

Spring is when local asparagus is at its seasonal best. Check out the five spots below if you want to do a tasting tour of some of the best and freshest preparations showcasing one of the greenest of green vegetables.

Foodie Updates: Plank Brings Bowling to Oakland, Incanto Says Goodbye, and More

This week in restaurant and bar news we have a new eating and entertainment venue coming to the former Barnes & Noble at Jack London Square in Oakland, the final bow for Incanto, and a few more details about Corey Lee's upcoming Hayes Valley bistro, Monsieur Benjamin.

Two Sonoma Wines Take Home Prizes at the 2014 Pinot Cup in Healdsburg

On Friday night, as part of the ninth annual Pigs & Pinot fest at the Hotel Healdsburg, H2, and Dry Creek Kitchen, two local wines took home the first and second prizes in the annual blind tasting known as the Pinot Cup.

3 New Gourmet Food Markets Around the Bay

The Bay Area’s newest food markets are big on local and house-made provisions, in the tradition of European food halls.

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