June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017

Photo courtesy of Farina.

Last week, I reported on the strange goings-on at ~FARINA~: the extended closure, the mysterious “technical problems” and “construction,” and now a Mission tipster sends in a picture of a notice posted by the landlord about unpaid water and garbage collection bills to the tune of $5,491. The notice says the bills had to be paid by the end of last week. Let’s see what the next note says…I’m going to guess it’s a notice of eviction.


The distinctive custom leather banquettes at Belcampo. Photo via Belcampo’s Facebook page.


Time to stack the chairs at State Bird. Instagram photo via @statebirdprovisions.

Anyone planning to travel to San Francisco and stand in line for a spot at ~STATE BIRD PROVISIONS~ in late August will need to adjust their dates: the five-year-old restaurant is temporarily closing starting on Monday August 21st to make some updates to the space. I spoke with chef-owner Stuart Brioza, and he said it should be a couple of weeks, with plans to reopen the week after Labor Day. They’re going to be doing some freshening up and refurbishing, like new paint and tabletops and putting a polish on things. They will be making an announcement to newsletter subscribers when September reservations (and beyond) will be released. In the meantime, there’s always that fabulous bar menu at ~THE PROGRESS~ you can enjoy.

Over on Russian Hill, ~BELCAMPO~ has closed for a revamp and plans to reopen Tuesday August 1st. The restaurant will soon feature a streamlined and casual menu (and service) based around their burger, daily butcher specials, and charcuterie. The expanded butcher shop will offer more grab-and-go items (including more salads). And please note: the butcher shop will remain open during the remodel, so come by 10am-8pm as your meaty needs dictate.


BBQ Tuesdays at Hog & Rocks are back. Photo via Facebook.

It’s summer, which makes it barbecue o’clock for some of you. Over at ~HOG & ROCKS~, BBQ Tuesdays are back, which means a $45 BBQ special for two that includes a tray with barbecued meats (like beef brisket, spare ribs, pulled pork), cornbread, pickles, and choice of two sides (like braised greens, potato salad, baked beans, and more). You can roll deep with The Chief for $65 and get a meat of the week, too, like hot links, quail, tri-tip, wings, and other specials. Available starting at 5pm (until the meats run out). Tip (not tri-tip): you can make a reservation.

Over at ~ONE MARKET~, they’re in soft-launch mode of their Back Porch BBQ Pop-Up Series. Chef Mark Dommen has put together a menu of St. Louis-style spare ribs, spit-roasted Mary’s chicken, 12-hour beef brisket, and a pulled chicken sandwich, with sides like Patti’s Parker House rolls, potato salad, coleslaw, salads, and desserts (Bradley’s butterscotch pudding, duh). Available Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm until sold out. You can dine in, get it for takeout, and there are large-party Pitmaster Packages as well.

Also for your radar: One Market’s annual half-price wine month launches July 1st, with half off their bottle list of 300-plus wines (note wines from the Old and Rare section of the menu are not valid for this promotion). Come by for their new weekend three-course seasonal menu, The Downtown Social, just $45 every Friday and Saturday night. There’s also live jazz during dinner service, 5:30pm-9pm.   


Soft-boiled egg, rajas poblanas, and braised greens tacos at Tacos Cala. Photo: Chloe List.

Some quick updates over at ~CALA~: you can now come by for Sunday dinner, and with these long days right now, I can’t imagine a better place to get into a Mexico City frame of mind. Love the skylights and airy look over there. Enjoy. 5pm-10pm.

More good news: Tacos Cala, their alley-side taqueria, is now open on the weekends. So you can stumble out of bed and head over for tacos de guisado on housemade corn tortillas. Hours are now daily 11am-2pm. 50 Hickory St. (between Franklin and Van Ness).


Guest chef Azalina’s Malaysian taco for the Tacolicious guest chef series. Photo courtesy of CUESA.


The first act of SOLIS will be an alfresco dinner in West Marin. Photo: David Briggs.

Summertime is in full swing, with Karl the Fog frolicking in the early evening more than some of us would like. So that’s when the Summer Movie Nights at ~TOP OF THE MARK~ come in handy, since they’re indoors. On Tuesday evenings through August 29th, come by for films from the Summer of Love, like Easy Rider and The Odd Couple. Check out the lineup here. The screenings are complimentary and seating is first come, first served. No reservations required. Bonus: the 19th-floor sky lounge features complimentary wine tastings (including Etude, Cloudfall Wines, and Domaine Chandon) prior to each film from 5:30pm-7pm. Movie at 7pm. InterContinental Mark Hopkins, One Nob Hill (California at Mason).

The Tacolicious annual guest chef series kicks off Thursday June 29th at their Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand, and this year includes Aaron London of Al’s Place, Kim Alter of Nightbird, Telmo Faria of Uma Casa, and even more chefs slinging their own taco variations on the weekly lineup. All the proceeds from the sales of each chef’s taco benefits CUESA (the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture). This week is Arthur Wall of Bayou. Check the lineup here. 10am-2pm.

On Tuesday July 4th, it’s the second annual Eat Trill Festival, dedicated to “real people, real food, real music, and real community.” It’s going to have food (including Wing Wings, Craftsman & Wolves, Minnie Bell’s, and more), music, art, vendors, and it’s kid- and dog-friendly. Plus you can see the fireworks. And it’s free.

There is a real charitable component too: last year they raised more than $4,000 for the Homeless Youth Alliance to help them move into a new space, and this year they’re raising money for Support for Families, an organization that provides support and resources to families with children that have disabilities or special health care needs. Spark Social, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. at 4th St.

The party doesn’t stop: on Saturday July 8th, Broke-Ass Stuart and the ~SOMA STREAT FOOD PARK~ are teaming up for the French Fry Fest, with food trucks doing up french fry specials, DJs spinning funk and disco, and the option to buy a ticket for all-you-can-drink beer (and sangria) for five hours (11am-4pm) for $30, including admission (which is just $5). 428 11th St. at Division.

Sometimes you need to escape the city completely for any sense that it’s summertime, and this special experience in West Marin would be one way to do it: SOLIS from Julia Adam Dance. Each evening starts with a multicourse, farm-to-table, family-style alfresco feast featuring Marin and Sonoma purveyors like Big Mesa Farm, Gospel Flat, Star Route Farms, True Grass Farms pork and lamb, and Aaron Lucich’s Holistic Ag Beef. Wines, beers, and nonalcoholic options will be served. After dinner, guests will walk (sipping chocolate in hand) to the open-air stage for the world premiere of the latest ballet from Julia Adam Dance. SOLIS is held the weekends of July 14th-16th and July 21st-23rd. Tickets are $200. 5pm-10pm. Big Mesa Farm, 280 Mesa Rd., West Marin.

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