February 28, 2012

February 28, 2012
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Interior of Lot 7; photo from Thrillist.

Now open in the Mission is ~LOT 7~, a simple-looking seafood spot from Hani Desouky. As previously mentioned in tablehopper, there’s a raw bar serving oysters and sustainable seafood, plus baked oysters, fish and chips, clam chowder, mussels, and a few larger main dishes—you can check out the menu here. There are $1 oysters and deals on beer ($3) and wine ($4) during happy hour (Tue-Fri 4pm-6pm), which is already proving to be popular with the neighborhood. Hours are Tue-Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm. 974 Valencia St. at 21st St., 415-817-1212.

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Farewell, 24-hour pulled pork slider with kimchee. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Over the weekend, I swung by ~DUMPLINGS & BUNS~ in the Upper Fillmore to grab a snack, and was dismayed to find out they were closing the next day (I was a couple days behind on reading the news). Damn, no more boozer buns! After reaching out to their representative, it ends up they are closing for family-related reasons. Sorry to see it go. 2411 California St. at Fillmore.

Meanwhile, the changes continue over at ~THE CORNER~ and ~WEIRD FISH~ in the Mission. Inside Scoop shares the news that Peter Hood (St. Francis Fountain, Boogaloos) and chef Ryan Simas (chef de cuisine of Farallon) are the new owners and will be working together (Simas will still continue working at Farallon, however). The Corner is morphing into The Perch, a “neighborhood European style café” serving lunch, dinner, and coffee. Weird Fish will become Dante’s Weird Fish, serving a menu of seafood, vegetarian, and vegan dishes. Original owner Timothy Holt is no longer a partner—but he has been busy with Roshambo Farms in Healdsburg, and will supply the produce. It should hopefully open in March, and The Perch will be a couple months later. Dante’s Weird Fish: 2193 Mission St. at 18th St.; The Perch: 2199 Mission St. at 18th St.

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Photo from Liholiho’s Facebook page: Korean fried quail, red fresno BBQ; pork ribs, peanuts, Red Boat caramel; duck sausage, red miso, pickled beet.

Just in case you missed the new LihoLiho Yacht Club pop-up by chef Ravi Kapur (formerly at Prospect and Boulevard), you will have a few more Mondays to catch him at ~CITIZEN’S BAND~ (until March 12th) and possibly beyond that. Courses are served family/dinner-party style, with five dishes in the first course, five dishes in the second, and two sweets at the end (take a look on Facebook for pictures of the food, you’ll be immediately hungry). It’s $65 for the menu, which includes tax and gratuity; beverages are additional. Due to the spirit of the dinner and the limited staff/resources, allergies and aversions are difficult and unlikely to be accommodated. Reservations are currently being taken online through Citizen’s Band. Updates can be found on Twitter as well.

Grub Street shares the news that the opening of flour + water’s Central Kitchen and Salumeria has been pushed out to late April or so, but in the meantime, you can attend two pop-up previews of Salumeria from executive chef Thomas McNaughton and chef de cuisine Matt Sigler. The first will be held at flour + water (2401 Harrison St. at 20th St.) on Leap Day (Wednesday February 29th) from 11:30am-2:30pm, serving antipasti and three sandwiches ($10 each); the second will be Friday March 2nd at Clooney’s Pub (1401 Valencia St. at 25th St.) from 6pm-10pm. The menu includes pork rinds, a picnic plate ($10), and a sandwich ($10)—-The Galley and Rocky’s Frybread will also be participating in this second event. Both events are cash only and will offer takeout and eat-in options.

On Sunday March 4th, ~PICCINO~ will be having a sidewalk party, with the Oyster Girls shucking oysters from Tomales Bay Oyster Company. You can enjoy them raw on the half-shell, or barbecued with sauce (or if you’re like me, both). Piccino’s own housemade pork sausages will also be served. Noon until things run out.

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My kind of chips and dip (at State Bird Provisions). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Starting tonight, ~STATE BIRD PROVISIONS~ is now open on Tuesday evenings for dinner, so if you’ve been trying to get in, tonight would be a great time to do so!

Another thing to note: starting Sunday March 11th, State Bird will be serving brunch on Sundays from 11am-3pm—I can only imagine the deliciousness Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski have in store for us.

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A16; photo from Facebook.

On Monday March 5th, ~BAR TARTINE~ will be hosting Pot-au-Feu, an event to support CECSF summer kids-camp. $50, four-courses including wine pairing, desserts from Tartine Bakery. Call for reservations, or reserve online.

Save the date (and make your reservation!): on Thursday March 8th, ~A16~ will be hosting their annual Festa della Donna celebration, in support of International Women’s Day. The evening will be a tribute to iconic guest chef Joyce Goldstein, who is currently writing her latest book on the history of food in California. There will be a special selection of dishes created by Goldstein, in collaboration with A16’s chef David Taylor (you can also order off the à la carte menu). Lorenza Sebasti Pallanti from Castello di Ama of Tuscany will be pairing wines, along with more than 40 other wines by female winemakers. 15% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to La Cocina, an organization which helps low-income entrepreneurs formalize and grow their businesses. Reservations 5:30pm-10pm. Hope to see you there, it’s a lovely annual celebration.

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Friselle and tomatoes (at Rosetta’s house for lunch). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Interested in Italian cuisine and cooking? Right, who isn’t? Have you ever taken a cooking class with Rosetta Costantino? You can learn Southern Italian recipes and techniques, like how to make ricotta cheese or pasta. Her classes sell out super fast, so hop over right now.

~LA COCINA~ has a bunch of upcoming hands-on cooking classes this year, like Deliciously Vegan Ethiopian and Latin Specialties on March 21st (6:30pm-9pm). Tiffany and Sylvee Equivel of Hella Vegan Eats and Eji Atlaw of Eji’s Ethiopian lead this class. And on April 11th, Azalina Eusope of Azalina’s will be hosting a class called Streets of Malaysia (6:30pm-9pm). She is a fifth generation street food vendor from Malaysia, and will show you how to make lhaksa, roti rolls, lacy crêpes, and more. Each class is $65 per person (complete with dinner and drinks). All proceeds benefit La Cocina, a nonprofit small business incubator program.

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The main deck; photo from Horizons.

A few months ago, Eater broke the news that Sausalito’s ~HORIZONS~ had new owners (Ron Davis and Bob Freeman of the Buena Vista Cafe) and plans to re-transform it back into ~THE TRIDENT~, which was the restaurant’s original name from 1966-1976 (Janis Joplin reportedly had her own table—check out this site for more groovy history).

I just heard from Bob Freeman that Horizons closed over the weekend, and they hope to reopen in April as Trident. Besides the name change, they are adding an outside dining deck on the second floor (perfect for watching the America’s Cup), plus ADA upgrades and a retractable awning system over the deck. Eater reported former Michael Mina sous chef James Montejano is the chef. 558 Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito, 415-331-3232.

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Divino exterior; photo from Facebook.

Now open in Berkeley is ~DIVINO~, a restaurant from Marco Polo Garbarino, working with chef-partners Joan Gallagher (Nourish You) and Richard Bartlett. The Italian menu features a strong influence from the Liguria region on the Italian Riviera, with dishes like suppli (saffron risotto croquettes stuffed with smoked mozzarella, $7), a variety of pastas (including lasagne with a roasted beef and pork ragu or root vegetable ragu and Straus cream béchamel, $15), pizzas (two sizes), and a few main dishes. Local and sustainable ingredients will be used. You can survey the menu on their Facebook page. Grub Street originally mentioned the space was formerly Fellini. Open daily for dinner at 5:30pm; weekend brunch launching soon/in a couple weeks. 1401 University Ave. at Acton, Berkeley, 510-841-5200.