The Starlet

Star Sightings in Restaurants (no photos please)
July 12, 2016

The folks at the newly opened Evil Eye in the Mission were pretty fired up to have ~Joe Montana~ stop by for a couple of martinis and rounds of pool with his family before heading to Lolinda for dinner down the street.

June 28, 2016

Can you just imagine being at a restaurant and President ~Barack Obama~ comes in? Check out the applause and standing ovation as he showed up for dinner last Thursday at ~TWENTY FIVE LUSK~, where he dined in a private room with tech executives (you can see the lineup here). Obama was in town for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University.

Prior to going to his dining room, he visited the kitchen, talked with many of the staff there, greeted executive chef Matthew Dolan, and asked him what was good on the menu that night. Our source told us that the president had a starter of cucumber and melon salad, and as a main course, he had a double portion of an item on the appetizer menu, yellowtail sashimi. He didn’t have any wine but you gotta love that he had a Ketel One on the rocks. One of the president’s personal chefs shadowed at all times the designated presidential waitperson, who was the only one allowed to interact with the food and beverages served to the president.

June 14, 2016

Last week’s opening of International Smoke at Mina Test Kitchen was obviously star-studded, since the project is a collaboration with ~Ayesha Curry~. Also in the house: ~Stephen Curry~ and ~Drake~! There’s a fun pic on chef Adam Sobel’s Instagram here. Good luck getting a seat at this pop-up!

It seems the Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to make EPIC Steak their dining hall this month for the NBA Finals. On Saturday June 4th, the entire team (including ~LeBron James~) came in for dinner upstairs in the private dining room. The team enjoyed grilled shrimp, assorted pizzas, steak skewers, and empanadas as appetizers. Then they devoured a prix-fixe menu of Caesar salad; a choice of salmon, rib-eye, or New York steak; and a chocolate tart for dessert.

They were back again this past Sunday evening: LeBron James and 11 other guests (including teammates James Jones, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson, and Dahntay Jones) returned to EPIC Steak for some surf and turf (lobster and steak). This time around they rented the entire upstairs so they could be a bit more private. (Dining out in SF right now can be a little tricky like that for them.)

We got these tidbits a bit late after my column a couple weeks ago, but let’s do it! A lot of Saturday Night Live folks were spotted around the city. One spy said “Lonely Island/SNLers ~Jorma Taccone~ and ~Will Forte~ (MacGruber!) were at Dirty Habit” and another said “~Adam Sandler~, ~Rob Schneider~, and ~Norm Macdonald~ sat at the [Rose Pistola] bar before they performed in town. They were tons of fun, and happily took pictures with fans.”

May 31, 2016

As if getting a table and eating the beef tongue and kimchi poppy seed buns at Liholiho Yacht Club wasn’t exciting enough…and then ~Hillary Clinton~ walks in for dinner with the Secret Service. Here’s a video clip from a guest. Applause!

Chef Amy Murray of Venus Restaurant in Berkeley had a special guest for dinner: ~Bernie Sanders~! Here’s her sweet post about it: “OMG. That moment when the phone rings, followed by the hullabaloo of the Secret Service motorcade, followed by the honor of cooking dinner for the honorable, courageous, noble, and deeply compassionate Bernie Sanders!”