Tidbits: Biscuits at Firehouse 8, Chef Changes, Book Event at Baker and Banker, More


Mmmmm, SunnySide biscuits. Photo from Facebook.

At ~FIREHOUSE 8~ there is a new opportunity to check out some brunch. On Sunday May 4th from 11am-3pm, SunnySide Biscuits will be popping up with their signature biscuits. Options include a brisket biscuit (do not try to say that before coffee) on a cheddar biscuit with yogurt horseradish, or a biscuit Benedict with egg, bacon, spinach, and hollandaise. Check out all the menu choices here. Their beer and wine bar will also be open, with mimosas and Bellinis. 1648 Pacific Ave. at Polk, 415-890-4800.

A reader let me know there’s a new chef at Lorenzo Logoreci’s ~ALA ROMANA~: according to a Facebook post, chef David Taylor has been replaced by Philippe Routhier, whose background includes Anzu, where he was chef de cuisine, and Ame (executive sous). Weekend brunch has also been added. The menu’s atrocities against the Italian language and its spelling continue to remain. 1098 Jackson St. at Taylor, 415-292-3699.

Carolyn Jung, who is also known as Food Gal on her blog, is hosting a dinner to showcase some of the locals celebrated in her cookbook, San Francisco Chef’s Table. Join her at ~BAKER & BANKER~ on Saturday May 10th for a multicourse lunch. Chef-owners Lori Baker and Jeff Banker will be cooking their recipes that are featured in the book, and the book’s photographer Craig Lee will be in attendance, as well. Lunch begins at 11:30am and costs $65 per person, including a copy of the book. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 415-351-2500.

~SECOND ACT MARKETPLACE~ has a change coming: Community Craft bakery is closing (so bummed, I will miss many of their tasty treats!), and in its place Eatwell Farm’s Ice Box is moving in with their seasonal soft-serve ice cream. They make their own cones with real butter, and recent flavors have included chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and melon. 1727 Haight St. at Cole, 415-713-0270.

I heard some rumblings about ~POPEYE’S~ on Divis being put on the market, and sure enough, Hoodline confirms it’s available for a long-term sublease. Popeye’s has been holding down the corner of Hayes and Divis for 28 years, so we’ll have to see if someone wants to take over the business, or put in their own concept—the space still has 22 years on the lease. I can’t imagine the neighborhood without that particular Popeye’s perfume, and not finding discarded chicken bones in the one-block radius around it. 599 Divisadero St. at Hayes.