Hear ye, food fans: We've got some news for you this week. The people behind successful mid-Market breakfast and lunch spot Little Griddle are opening a spinoff in the former Pearl's space; the Outerlands reopening is delayed and we've got some slightly sad news about the chef; and a bevy of Bay Area chefs and others were nominated for James Beard Awards this week.
The Bay Area, with its earthy-crunchy-hippie reputation, has long been a bastion of vegetarianism and veganism. But you’d be hard-pressed—especially with the currently trendy offal obsession—to find a restaurant serving dishes to please the veg set and the omnivores with equal creativity.
With the ever-increasing pressure on restaurateurs to make sure they have extra-original cocktail lists to accompany their food menus, we bring you a roundup of the best new restaurant bar programs around town.
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.
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