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.
It's one of the quietest weeks of the year in San Francisco as everyone who grew up everywhere else slowly filters back to town. But we have a few little food news items to tide you over into the new year.
Let's hope you've got your holidays pretty well scheduled by now. But, if you just haven't been able to commit or decide, we have a list of some remaining, foodie-friendly possibilities you should consider booking for New Year's Eve. Like now.
A flurry of food news arrives as we near the end of the year, and it all pertains to 2014. And while we haven't heard of any more new-year closings besides Bottle Cap, Andalu, and Fifth Floor, we're still watching and waiting. Sadly, 'tis the season for abrupt closings, as well as celebrations.
It's a time of year for dining out and shopping for your family and friends, but it's also a time of year when those who have the means should think about giving back a little. With that in mind, here are four worthy causes, three of them based locally, that are helping put food on the table of those in need this December.
'Tis the time of year for blowing your wad, on whatever, so please be advised there are several spots where you could do this most expeditiously via a single, luxe menu item.
The food world is nothing if not fickle.
With the death of longtime Zuni Café chef-owner Judy Rodgers last week, there's been a lot of talk about her iconic wood-oven roast chicken and bread salad. It's a comforting, beautifully simple dish, as full of juiciness and balance as when she created it in 1988. But it's hardly the only signature of the restaurant.
This week's food-world news was dominated by the death of longtime Zuni Cafe chef-owner Judy Rodgers at the age of 57. But a few other things happened, too.
It's an annual challenge: Where to make a pitstop, or where to end the day, after a harried holiday shopping trip around Union Square? There are, in fact, a handful of good and civilized options.
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