Coming up this spring and summer are a new miniature golf course with a restaurant and bar, and a revamp and renovation of Cafe du Nord with a menu from the Flour + Water team and a bar program from the Trick Dog boys.
In the February print issue of 7x7, which is the annual Big Eat Issue and out this week, I take you on a tour of some of the city's most unique and beautiful desserts featuring out-of-the-ordinary winter citrus. Of course, this being the height of citrus season in local farmers' markets, you'll also find tons of great cocktails around town featuring the freshest of the fresh blood oranges, Meyer lemons, and more.
In this week's food-scene news, the Mission's Roxy's Cafe calls it quits, Mama's in North Beach is opening a new market and a second location nearby, Bun Mee debuts a second location in the FiDi, and Fifth Floor says goodbye for good.
There's been a mini boom in new and revamped Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area lately, in case you weren't aware, and we're here to alert you to five of the most recent additions.
This week we have a quick turnaround for the former Moishe's Pippic space, an expansion of Hog Island Oyster Co. at the Ferry Building, the reopening of Three Twins Ice Cream in the Lower Haight, and Frances has just added Monday nights.
A bunch of new productions will be premiering around the Bay by month's end, including a pair of new plays at Berkeley Rep, but first up we have a high-budget, fascinating "immersive theater" experience from the Boxcar Theater company happening in the Tenderloin, and a revival of a century-old George Bernard Shaw anti-war play at A.C.T.
The second half of 2013 was especially full of new eating and drinking spots, as we discussed last week. But today we're looking ahead at the bumper crop coming in 2014, including several new projects from established names around town, and two former cheftestants from the Top Chef franchise opening their first West Coast ventures here.
Foodie Updates: Tosca Team Turns Lusty Lady Into Cocktail Spot, Victory Hall Opens in SoMa, and More
The big news item of the brand new year is the takeover of the former Lusty Lady space in North Beach by the team of Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, marking their second west coast project in eight months. Also, Little Skillet has expanded into the next-door space with Victory Hall, and B-Side BBQ in Oakland is moving to Uptown.
It's been an exciting year for the bar and restaurant scene, with over a dozen notable restaurants and cocktail spots debuting (more than one a month) as the city's economy has seen an unprecedented, fast-paced boom. It was a year of instant successes and new neighborhood gems, but also one that kept S.F.'s chefs making national headlines.
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