JULY 1, 2008 | SAN FRANCISCO Have
you noticed some key chefs have not been around lately, or are
mysteriously heading off to New York for quick jaunts? Yup, I've
heard from various sources that we have quite the local lineup
of chefs who have been flying to New York to compete on upcoming
episodes of ~IRON CHEF~ on Food Network. Woot.
Looks like there will be another chance to watch Chris
Cosentino of Incanto, Jonnatan Leiva of
Jack Falstaff, and Ravi Kapur of Boulevard. Also
heard Nate Appleman of A16/SPQR and Mourad
Lahlou of Aziza will be on too. Further rumors have David
Kinch (Manresa) and Charles Phan (Slanted
Door) also competing. All unconfirmed, but hey, but let's
go West Coast! Will let you know when the chefs who are participating
are final confirmed, and airdates are set!
temporary ghost town of Jackson Square is suddenly getting some
life back in it. Tumbleweeds, be gone! Not only is the Quince
move into the Myth space looking on track, but per my little
hint last week about Myth's former executive chef ~SEAN
O'BRIEN~ coming back on the local scene, how about
this: he's returning to his old neighborhood! At press time
he didn't have the keys yet (due to happen today), but it
looks like those keys will be opening the door to the Scott Howard
space. The restaurant is going to get a little design refresh,
and O'Brien said fall looks like a good time to plan on tasting
his delicious dinners again (the part about the delicious dinners
is all me, mind you). He said he's enjoyed the six-month
break, but is really looking forward to getting back in the kitchen.
I'll have more in coming weeks. 500 Jackson St. at Montgomery.
was surprised to learn that ~JOEL HUFF~,
one of my favorite local talents, resigned as chef de cuisine
Huff doesn't have any specific plans to announce, but he is looking
for a new position. While the search for a new chef for Silks
takes place, Joshua Nudd, the executive chef at Mandarin Oriental,
San Francisco, will be stepping in; he recently came to the position
from Chambers Kitchen, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant in
Minneapolis. Milan Drager, the previous executive chef at Mandarin
Oriental SF, was promoted to the position of food and beverage
director in November 2007, but during this interim time both he
and Nudd will continue to oversee the dining experience at Silks.
222 Sansome St. at Bush, 415-986-2020.
Also in the downtown area, please note ~RUBICON~ has closed for their annual summer break, and will be back open
next Tuesday July 8th. 558 Sacramento St. at Montgomery, 415-434-4100.
temporary change in hours: ~MODERN
Hayes Valley will be narrowing its offerings for the next few
weeks. The staff has a lot of projects to focus on right now, including
a tea bar at Cavallo Point's Healing Art Center, their
involvement with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Parks Group, and
owner Alice Cravens is also the tea curator for the upcoming
Slow Food Nation. And more: they are also working on a tie-in
providing lunch and afternoon service at a location south of
market to open in September. So what does this all mean? Meal
service at Modern Tea will be held back for the next few weeks,
but you can still stop in for tea and light nibbles
Saturdays and Sundays (2pm–7pm).
Cravens can be contacted for wholesale and retail orders through
the website, and you can also read more about the Modern Cooks
program. 602 Hayes St. at Laguna, 415-626-5406.
The A16/SPQR folks have officially decided the placeholder name
they used for the liquor license for their Dogpatch project is
actually going to stick: ~URBINO~. (I dig
it.) The opening date is still inconclusive: think January–March
2009 for now. The rest of the concept remains the same: focused
on the cuisine of Le Marche, plus a food to-go component. I like
having something like this to look forward to. 800 Minnesota St.
at 20th St.
are chugging along for Ryan Scott at ~MISSION
In case you were curious about his new menu, here you go: lunch
includes sweet corn soup with avocado and tomato oil ($4 cup/$7
bowl); there's a salmon burger with asparagus, English
peas, pancetta, avocado, aioli ($12.50); and a duck confit patty
melt with smoked mozzarella, caramelized onions, and horseradish
mustard sauce ($11). Dinner entrées include seared sea
scallops with summer succotash, braised shiitake mushrooms, potato
pureé ($23); and grilled pork loin with Israeli couscous,
summer squash, cipollini onions, spiced plums ($24). Brunch brings
dishes like soufflé pancakes with blueberry cream ($10);
and the Mission Beach egg sandwich on a house-made English muffin
with roasted tomato, caramelized onion, white cheddar, and potatoes
($7.50). Try to save room for some of Alan Carter's famed
desserts (mmmm, pie). Open Mon–Fri at 7am for pastries
and Blue Bottle coffee; lunch 11am–2:30pm, dinner Tue–Thu
and Sun 5:30pm–10pm, Fri–Sat 5:30pm–11pm. Brunch
Sat–Sun 9am–2pm. The restaurant closes at 6pm on
Mondays. 198 Guerrero St. at 14th St., 415-861-0198.
tablehopper reader wrote in to tell me the famed green-glowin'
steakhouse in the Mission, yes the historic ~PALACE
will be closing at the end of July, after 40 years in business.
No more steak dinners on plastic trays and garlic bread and booths
and free parking. Man. When I get a chance to investigate more
I'll report back. 3047 Mission St. at 26th St., 415-647-2011.
Also in the Mission, does anyone have any intel about ~GEORGE'S
BBQ~, yet another business opening on 24th Street? The
name on the license is Jimmy Panagiotopoulos—anyone know
this Greek fella, or have some details about the biz? Efharisto!
3231 24th St. at Capp.
has made a small move, and is now in a significantly bigger space
on the corner of Mission and 25th Street, which means the construction
of the on-site bakery is now underway in their old space. Destination
Baking Company in Glen Park will continue baking goods for Mission
Pie until the new bakery/kitchen is done in the fall (the target
is September). Here's more
from the folks on Chowhound, and you can read the Mission Pie
website too. 2901 Mission St. at 25th St., 415-282-4743.
And now, some more Mission news: it looks like the ~SNACK
BAR~ concept from the NOPA folks is in flux. No word
on whether it will be Spanish tapas bar, or perhaps now a wine
retail place. Stand by for more in coming weeks. 2495 Harrison
St. at 21st.
Oh, and fellow Western Addition denizens: ~NOPALITO~,
Nopa's upcoming fast-casual Mexican joint, is now looking
like an October opening in the Falletti Foods/Broderick Place shopping
center. We must wait a bit longer for the carnitas by the pound.
(My waistline says thank God.) 306 Broderick St. at Oak.
even one more piece of Mission news (hey, sorry folks in the
Richmond!): this weekend was ~LITTLE
last time serving weekend lunch. Didn't seem to get enough
traction to keep it going. 400 Valencia St. at 15th St., 415-551-7827.
okay, no more Mission. Let's go to SoMa, all right?
Right. After the water disaster at ~OUT THE DOOR~ in
the Westfield Centre, it looks like they are taking advantage of
the closure to make some changes: more seating will be added, and
a wine bar is in the works as well. Look for a reopening in mid-July
or so. 865 Market St., 415-541-9913.
the other side of town, ~THE GROVE CAFE~ in
the Marina has finished their expansion and are now open. 2250
Chestnut St. at Scott, 415-474-4843.
tooooo far away, ~MARCHÉ ON
the new two-story food gourmet market and grocer in Ghirardelli
Square is slated to open this Thursday (call before you head over
there, things change!), and Bar Marche and Bar Marche Wine Bar
are due to open next Wednesday July 9th. 900 North Point at Larkin,
much ado, and no more Honeydoo, ~SWIRL
yogurt finally opened in North Beach on Sunday. P.S. Yogurtphreeks:
there is a PDF coupon on the website for "buy three, and
the fourth is free." 1400 Grant St. at Green, 415-397-9475.
my way to Le Colonial's ten-year anniversary bash last
week, I had a chance to peek at the now finished ~ASUKA
RAMEN~, offering primarily ramen and curry dishes on the
menu. It's a small and simple space, full of two-tops, plus a counter/bar,
and a few other dishes like gyoza and donburi—everything
is about $10 and under. They are just getting through their soft
opening, expect an expanded menu as the days go on. 883 Bush St.
at Taylor, 415-567-3153.
Some special meals and deals around town: ~YOSHI'S
SAN FRANCISCO~ just launched Kanpai Time, a menu served in the bar/lounge area
each night. The menu includes a number of small plates and sushi,
like a soft shell crab "sandwich" of lettuce-wrapped
tempura crab with chile lime aioli ($7); Kurobuta pork sausage
with grilled baby Yukon potatoes and honey Dijon ($6); grilled
baby back ribs with sweet miso glaze ($7); and a Japanese melon "cream
soda" float with vanilla gelato ($6). There will also be
beer, wine, sake and cocktail specials, a sake trio tasting for
$18, and wine specials. 1330 Fillmore St. at Eddy, 415-655-5600.
~MAGNOLIA GASTROPUB AND BREWERY~ not only has a new look, but a new line-up each week. On Monday
nights, executive chef Brandon Jew just started offering a seasonal/locally-sourced
three-course dinner, priced under $30, available until it's
gone. Every Tuesday through the summer, pints are $3, all day,
with the occasional exception for limited release and special beers.
(Mmmmm, beer.) On Wednesdays, you can "meet the brewers" (Dave
and Ben) through the summer from 6pm–9pm to talk shop, answer
questions, and drink more beer. Hic. Chef Brandon may be cooking
a whole pig or two throughout the summer on Wednesdays too, stand
by. Thursdays, fried chicken night is back! Bwok! $18, starting
at 5pm, until it runs out. 1398 Haight St. at Masonic, 415-864-7468.
had fun hanging out with author and chef ~JOYCE GOLDSTEIN~ last
week at Americano celebrating the launch of Tony and Cathy Mantuano's
book, Wine Bar Food, and now here's your chance
to hang with Joyce: on Saturday July 12th, she will be signing
books and talking about her latest book: Mediterranean
Fresh: A Compendium of Salad Meals and Mix and Match Dressings
from 3pm–5pm. Owner/chef Sam Mogannam will be preparing a
salad from the book as well. 3639 18th St. at Dolores, 415-241-9760.
Bay folks, you'll be happy to hear the area around
Bakesale Betty's and Pizzaiolo is about to get even tastier.
Daniel Olivella of B44
in Belden Place is going to be opening ~BARLATA~,
an easygoing Catalan tapas spot, along with his wife, his B44 partners,
and his cyclist pal Chechu Rubiera. He's moving into the
former Silver Lion Buffet space (AKA Biggums to some), and hopes
to be up and running by November. There will be around 65 seats,
where you can order small plates plus some of his famous paellas,
and while seated at the ten or so seats at the bar, you'll
be able to munch on a variety of pintxos (bread and toothpick treats).
Beer and wine. Look for dinner to start, with brunch on the weekend.
4901 Telegraph Ave. at 49th St., Oakland.
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