This week's tablehopper: hips, haps, hops.

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Sunday brunch: fried egg banh mi at Rice Paper Scissors. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Whooooosh, this week could have you dining out at a new place every night, there’s so much going on! Today’s column has a bunch of updates on these new projects for you. We also have some spots for you to consider for Mother’s Day in case you don’t have that dialed in yet—you can also watch my segment from Saturday on KRON4 with some of my picks around the bay.

Last night while I was typing away at this thing, I enjoyed peeking at the James Beard Awards winners flowing in on Twitter (you can see the final list here—and be sure to look at the Book, Broadcast/New Media, and Journalism awards too!). First off, a huge congrats to all the women who won some really big awards this year, like Outstanding Chef: Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles; Outstanding Restaurateur: Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and others), Boston; Best Chef: Southeast: Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Downtown Diner; and Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs), April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig. All hail the Goddesses of Food!

Locally, congratulations to Best Chef: West, Daniel Patterson, Coi; Outstanding Restaurant: The Slanted Door, San Francisco; and The Restaurant at Meadowood team for Outstanding Service. Was also happy to see Healdsburg’s Shed win the Best Restaurant Design award, wow. Congrats to all the nominees as well, I hope you had a blast in New York.

Before we dive in here, I wanted to point you to the newly designed tablehopper online shop, where we sell our cute and cool (and super-soft) vintage T-shirts that are based on classic San Francisco restaurant and bar designs, take a look! There is also a hoodie (featuring the Blue Fox!), perfect for our breezy/Karl the Fog-induced SF weather.

Okay, I need to catch my breath here, see you later!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, May 6 2014