October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012
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The interior and seating. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

After dealing with some ever-frustrating delays, Ceri Smith’s ~ET AL.~ should be softly opening this Friday, but will only be pouring wine. Once Amaryll Schwertner and Lori Regis (of Boulette’s Larder, who are handing the food for et al.) return from New York, the food program will kick in, probably next week. You can read all the details about this fab space in a previous report on tablehopper. Initial soft opening hours will be 5pm-12am, eventually ramping up to 7am-12am. 2255 Polk St. at Green, 415-655-3155.

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The bar at Cantina. Photo from Facebook.

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Some of the bubbly at Presidio Social Club. Photo courtesy Presidio Social Club.

~CANTINA~ will be celebrating the Giants amazing World Series win in their own way: with drink specials all week long! During happy hour, starting at 5pm, they’ll be serving original San Francisco cocktails to celebrate our fair city and its wonderful baseball team. Look for old-school classics like the mai tai and more recent creations like the Laughing Buddha. In a nod to the Giants’ four-game sweep over the Tigers, all the drinks will be four bucks. 580 Sutter St. at Mason, 415-398-0195.

There’s little in this world that rocks as much as oysters and bubbly, especially outside on a nice day. The ~PRESIDIO SOCIAL CLUB~ will be offering a nice deal on a bubbly flight, paired with oysters. For $20 you get three oysters paired with three different sparkly pairings: two sparking wine pours and one bubbly cocktail. The flight is available anytime, too, so you can have it as a nice apertif before dinner or with your brunch.

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The deck and dome at Rock Wall Wine Company. Photo by Rocco Ceselin, from Facebook.

Starting Friday November 2nd, you can visit urban winery ~ROCK WALL WINE COMPANY~ in Alameda, and now you can chow down on some food by gourmet food truck/”bustaurant” le truc, which is taking over the on-site chef’s kitchen. We’re not just talking a cheese plate—there’s a full menu available to guests in the tasting room and on the deck, which has great views, five days a week. Sample items include a turkey meatball sandwich (robust enough to pair nicely with Rock Wall’s 2010 Monte Rosso zinfandel), along with pulled pork butt tacos with Thai curry. Dishes will range from $4-$15, with Rock Wall wines by the glass ranging from $8-$12. Restaurant hours are Wed-Thu 12pm-5:30pm, Fri 12pm-6:30pm, and Sat-Sun 12pm-5:30pm. 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, 510-522-5700.

Quick note for you: ~HONOR BAR~ in Emeryville is now ~HONOR KITCHEN & COCKTAILS~ (seems there is a business in SoCal already called The Honor Bar). That is all. 1411 Powell St. at Hollis, Emeryville, 510-653-8667.

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The facilities at 101 North. Photo from website.

Up in Petaluma, there’s a new brewery pumping out IPA. ~101 NORTH~ has opened their doors, and they are serving their first beer, Heroine IPA. The project comes from cofounder and brewmaster Joel Johnson, who earned his stripes at Bear Republic Brewing up in Healdsburg. Their new location in Petaluma is just around the corner from Lagunitas, too, so they definitely get points for gutsiness. This venture currently only offers the one beer, and it should start appearing on shelves during the holidays. In the meantime, you can also find Heroine IPA on draft at Tee Off Bar and Grill here in the city, or at Sprenger’s Tap Room in Santa Rosa. The brewery is open to the public on Fridays only, from 1pm-5pm. 1304 Scott St. Suite D, at Holm, Petaluma, 707-778-8384.