This week's tablehopper: it's all Greek to me.

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The incredibly complex bacon-curry sweetbreads with pickled squash at State Bird Provisions. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello people. Are you already plotting your weekend shenanigans? Well, my recent post on 7x7.com with six new brunches can help you with your plans. Punch bowls, a Mexican Benedict, and a spot with a cute outdoor patio, it’s all there. Or maybe you’re heading to the 707 this weekend? Heather Irwin has you covered with all kinds of Wine Country options. We also have a ticket giveaway to Eat Drink SF for you, check it out in the sugar mama!

This week has blown my mind with quality eats, including a preview dinner at Monsieur Benjamin on Tuesday (it was such a cool scene—the restaurant was packed with some of our city’s best chefs later that night). I’ll have more for you next Tuesday about the restaurant (and why you can’t miss the escargots).

Last night I got to accompany my friend for his first feast at State Bird Provisions. We sat at the kitchen counter (best seats, trust) but it led to a really funny exchange when I got into a cab at the end of the night. My cabbie asked, “So, did you just come out of that restaurant? How was it?” I proceed to wax over our bonkers-good meal, and he says, “Yeah, I want to go there. Don’t take this the wrong way, but when you got into the cab, you smelled like really good food.” Gotta say, that was a first. Eau de SBP!

On Wednesday I enjoyed a pre-opera meal at Souvla, the subject of today’s review. (And…now I’m craving one of their salads for lunch. Oh, and you should know Souvla is now open on Mondays!) After our Souvla stop, my friend took me to see Madame Butterfly that night, what an incredible production. Soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San brought down the house, and I couldn’t stop oohing and aahing over the costumes and sets—so artful and vibrant. Magic. The SF Opera is rocking me with this year’s season.

Have you looked at the aperitivo hour and dinner I am hosting at 54 Mint with Campari America on Wednesday July 23rd? It’s going to be a great event—we’re gonna stuff you with gnocchi and porchetta. Just so you know, tickets are moving quickly, so hop to it.

Have a lovely weekend, may it be full of ripe peaches and tomatoes and rosé. Have fun watching the World Cup on Sunday, and Happy Bastille Day on Monday!

Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Jul 11 2014