Big in food news this week is the imminent opening of AQ's spinoff, two doors away, called TBD; a chef shuffle at Comstock Saloon; Umami Burger moves into SoMa; and Maverick is struck by fire in the Mission.
First up, as noted earlier, TBD is opening November 1 at 1077 Mission Street, just a couple doors down from its less casual sister restaurant AQ. We now have the menu for you, and it's divided into six simple sections: Raw, Smoked, Hearth, Grill, Plancha, and Sweet. You'll find things like smoked cauliflower with gribiche sauce; 2-year cured Iberico ham which goes nicely with the extensive sherry menu; a rabbit hunter's stew with Oloroso sherry; and a grilled aged sirloin with pastrami and "Brussel kraut." Also, though they don't have a liquor license, they've got a few "loophole" cocktails made with beer, sherry, and/or hefty amounts of bitters. [7x7]
Over in North Beach, the opening chef at Comstock Saloon, Carlo Espinas, has departed, and taking his place is Ronnie New, who was most recently the chef at Magnolia. New will be taking things in a more gastropubby direction, with charctuterie, fried chicken, and housemade sausage. [Tablehopper]
The former Burger Joint space on King Street near AT&T Park has a new tenant, and it's the second S.F. location of L.A.-based Umami Burger. The red booths remain intact, but there's now a beer and wine bar. [Inside Scoop]
And Maverick, on 17th Street, suffered a fire Friday morning that allegedly started in an oven. The restaurant appears fairly damaged though it was only a 2-alarm blaze, and there's no word on how long it will be closed. [Inside Scoop]