January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018
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The Almanac Taproom cheeseburger, now available at your bar stool at Junior. Photo courtesy of Junior.

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Tequila Ocho is coming to Arguello on February 7th.

Have you checked out the recently opened ~JUNIOR~, just off 24th Street and Potrero? If you’re wondering where you’re going to eat after having a drink, you can actually order a cheeseburger ($15) from the nearby Almanac Taproom and never have to leave your bar stool. And yes, you can get fries with that ($5). 2545 24th St. at Utah.

Love tequila? Love Tequila Ocho? Then you’ll want to come to the upcoming ~ARGUELLO~ Experience Tasting on Wednesday February 7th, from 6pm-8pm. Tickets ($75) include a welcome cocktail, seasoned salt-making, and four 1-ounce tasting pours with accompanying bites. Seating is limited! You’ll learn about the Camarena family, who is in their eighth decade of making exceptional 100 percent blue agave tequila. 50 Moraga Ave. at Graham St., in the Presidio.

There’s a new lead bartender at ~MOSTO~, Candice Jae (previously Alchemist, Dosa, and Lolinda), who has expanded the cocktail list (with drinks like the Si Fig, a briny cocktail with mezcal, gin, Chareau aloe liqueur, fig purée, lemon, and cardamom bitters). And there’s a new design and botanas menu too, with additions like a Dungeness crab tostada and Don Bugito cricket tostada (you can scratch “I ate crickets” off your list). And $1 tacos on Tuesdays! Yup, $1 for al pastor and El Califa (nopales y queso) tacos. Don’t forget the daily happy hour (5pm-7pm), with $6 margs, $5 tortas, and $3 Tecates. There are also 200 tequilas and 210 mezcals, so come on by and start working through that list! 741 Valencia St. at 18th St.

One more thing to note: I’d like to applaud the Tacolicious group for launching a no-straw policy at their restaurants (and you thought The Make-Out Room was the only one!). They realized their restaurants go through more than 180,000 plastic straws per year, so they decided to ban plastic straws at all of their five Tacolicious restaurants, plus their Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand, cantina Bar San Pancho, and tequila bar Mosto. A 100 percent paper straw from Aardvark Straws will be available upon request. This is in addition to their recent certification as an “Ocean-Friendly Restaurant” from Surfrider Foundation—the goal of the program is to eliminate plastic pollution, while also addressing ways that restaurants can help protect the coast through conservation efforts. Hey restaurants, check it out!