This week's tablehopper: stars and tripes.


SPQR’s crostino with burrata, hazelnuts, honey, chile threads, and sage.

July 1st, really? What the hell is going on? I want this longer-daylight thing to last as long as possible, thanks. Let’s flip this thing down to third gear, okay? Although I’m sure many of you are all ready-set-go for your long weekend. Fire up the grill! I’ll actually be home writing my column on the 4th of July, because boss of me doesn’t recognize the holiday. Boss of me needs to get battered with a flag.

This week has had some definite highlights, like the burrata with hazelnuts and honey at SPQR on Tuesday (diabolical, truly), and I started a local barbecue “safari” on Wednesday since there’s so much barbecue going on in the city right now. Let’s just say Smoke is doing some mighty fine ‘cue—stand by for a full recap in the next month or so. Last night was the San Francisco magazine Best of the Bay party, which always offers some unparalleled people watching while you cruise your way around the room balancing your glass and plates of food. It’s the year of pimento cheese, methinks.

Today’s fresh meat review—true to its name—features the chicken hearts, pork jowls, and much, much more at nojo in Hayes Valley, plus we have a 707 Scout for you wine country folks.

Happy 4th of July, and here’s hoping the fog stays the hell away. Seriously.

Marcia Gagliardi

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