June 4, 2013

June 4, 2013
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The interior at Fig & Thistle. Yelp photo by Frank J.

Alums from The Alembic just won’t quit. This time, former host Angel Davis has opened her own spot in Hayes Valley, ~FIG & THISTLE~. It’s a rather petite little beer and wine bar, with redwood, vintage furniture, and lots of natural light. The wine and beer list is written on a chalkboard, and features wines by the bottle or glass. All the wines are domestic, and most are from California, though you’ll find Oregon and Washington bottles and the occasional New York riesling, too. The wines are mostly from small-production winemakers, and will change constantly, so there will always be something new to try. There is also a small selection of domestic beer, like offerings from Shipyard, Dogfish Head, and Boulevard.

To go along with all those nice libations is a selection of finger foods, like local cheeses and charcuterie (the charcuterie program is on hold for the moment, but should be up in full swing soon). In the meantime, look for cheese from Cypress Grove and Rogue River Creamery. Hayeswire has some additional info, plus photos from the opening party. Fig & Thistle is open Sun-Thu 3pm-11pm and Fri-Sat 3pm-12am. 313 Ivy St. at Gough, 256-651-9903.

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The bar at Redford. Photo from Facebook.

Opening in the TenderNob on Friday June 7th (they’re open now for friends and family, Friday is the grand opening) is a new watering hole from Hugo Gamboa, Justin Roja, and Adam Snyder called ~REDFORD~. The new spot is an old-Americana-style joint, with lots of vintage fixtures, warm hardwoods, and leather seating. They’ve got a bar list that skews toward whiskey, with offerings like the Whiskey Plank (four shots of the whiskey of the month for $25; hopefully intended for sharing). Redford also takes on the Manhattan, Sazerac, and martini, and has a section of the cocktail list devoted to wine and whiskey pairings, hmmm.

As for food, the menu has been divided into small, medium, and large plates, with dishes ranging from deviled eggs and macaroni and cheese to kale salad to pot pie. For a look at the drinks and food, head here. They’ve also got a happy hour menu Mon-Fri from 5pm-7pm that includes half-price appetizers and bottles of wine, plus $4 draught beers and $7 cocktails. They’ll be open daily for drinks 5pm-2am, and the kitchen is open until 11pm. 673 Geary St. at Leavenworth, 650-400-4871.

Not too far away, one of the city’s sketchier corners (Turk and Taylor) is going to house a gastropub and brewery, ~PHANTOM COAST GASTROPUB AND BREWERY~. SFGate (by way of Scoop) mentions Keith Wilson and Casey Gray (of Tope in North Beach) are behind the project. Not only are they going to brew their own beer, but there will also be up to 75 taps, primarily highlighting West Coast beers and wines. Also on tap: live music, beer-friendly food like housemade sausages and pretzels, and there will even be a private party space in the basement and an outdoor parking lot (which will be useful for outdoor events, in addition to not having to worry about your car). Sounds like early 2014 is the target. And let’s hope someone does something cool with the Club 65 sign, which I have coveted for years (I drive by it all the time). 65 Taylor St. at Turk.

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Photo by Sara Remington.

Next Tuesday June 11th, ~QUINCE~ is hosting a special dinner with winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon of the House of Champagne Louis Roederer. The menu includes caviar, of course, paired the brut rosé (2008), and the pairing of poularde and sweetbreads with Cristal (2005) is sure to be gorgeous. The five-course menu and Champagne pairings is $195 (plus service charge and tax). 7pm reception, 7:30pm dinner. Limited seats available, call 415-775-8500 x31.

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