This week's tablehopper: hotbox it.


The superlative crispy quail in Guilin chile sauce at Hakkasan. Photo: ©

It’s Friday, and I can actually see out my window (thanks for the momentary retreat, Karl the Fog). I am hustling to get ready for tonight’s SummerTini event, which is where I will be this fair evening. (There are still some tickets available at the door, FYI.)

Since I have limited time (per usual), let’s just dive in here. The pleasant forecast inspired me to write up a review of Fusebox, a crazy-delicious spot in West Oakland that happens to have an outdoor patio (yay). Plus, we have a wino from Mathew Fitch, who is here to tell us all about his incroyable trip to Champagne. Prepare to suddenly start craving bubbles (or planning a trip to the region, which I can’t recommend highly enough). And we also have a 707 scout from Heather Irwin, which may also inspire some getaway desires.

Oh, and this week I have a couple of freelance pieces for you: on, I list five of San Francisco’s most underrated restaurants, and on Blackboard Eats, I contributed five items to their list of 10 must-try dishes in San Francisco right now. Check ‘em out.

Have a gorg weekend!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Jun 7 2013