This week's tablehopper: bat breaking.

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This is what a burger at Sam’s at 3am looks like. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

San Francisco was so on fire last night, even in that incredible downpour! Let’s go, Giants! It’s going to be an exciting week.

Thanks to everyone who came by my table at the Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Tasting Event last Wednesday—that was quite the event (as it always is). Extra love to the fab folks who brought me a nice taste of Bouchard Père et Fils 2006 Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus, aka Baby Jesus’ pantaloons (ha!). Was also a treat to see Bruno Paillard pouring at his table, and the Domaine William Fèvre 2008 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros was almost illegally delicious with the Hog Island oysters. Also, thanks to everyone who bought a tablehopper T-shirt or sweatshirt—I have to say, it’s so cool to see folks running around in them. Love it.

I also had fun this week getting into mischief with the boys, Tommy’s and Sam’s to be exact. The “Tommy’s followed by dinner at Aziza tour” is a wicked one-two, and I have to give thanks to Sam’s for saving my ass at 3am on Wednesday night. I got overserved (again!) at Comstock Saloon and needed to run some interference with a late-night burger.

Hey, do you know what a cecina taco is? Trust me, you want to know. Which is why you should hop on over to watch my Hungry In… the Mission episode on YouTube’s Hungry channel and learn all about it! Look for my spot in the right-hand column. And if you dig it, give it a thumbs-up (I’d appreciate it)! Josh Ozersky also tackles some Chinatown spots in New York in his episode from last week; it’s a good one.

A couple more tidbits: check out my monthly piece on 7x7 for five new restaurants to try, and congrats to the local restaurants getting phone calls right now about their Michelin stars (at this moment, Saison has two stars, Atelier Crenn now has two, and SPQR just earned their first!).

Okay folks, it’s time to rally! Black and orange: it’s not just for Halloween.

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Oct 23 2012