March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011

A barista at Contraband Coffee on Larkin writes “~Clive Owen~ was coming on a daily basis for a while; he hasn’t been in a few days. I think I wasn’t making his cappuccinos hot enough.” Grub Street (by way of Leah Garchik and a tweet from the Dapper Diner) mentioned Clive was also spotted at Frances and A16.

Actress ~Susan Sarandon~ was spotted at Rigolo Café in Laurel Heights at lunch, dining on their lobster salad.

~Tom Hanks~ and his wife Rita Wilson had lunch at Poggio, and were reportedly “extremely gracious.” They also had dinner at Waterbar, enjoying sardines and jelly roll dessert, while their son tucked into half a Maine lobster.

~Robert Duvall~, who is starring in Hemingway & Gellhorn, dined at Café des Amis last week. He dined with another gentleman, had a drink or two before dinner, and was laughing a lot and appeared to be having a good time.

He must have told the crew about his meal, because singer ~Keith Urban~ (imaginably in town to visit wifey Nicole Kidman while she’s on set for the same film) had a solo lunch there as well. He reportedly sat outside at a bistro table and enjoyed the 24-layer crêpe cake and coffee.

Keith has also been spotted two days in a row dining at at the bar at Roam Artisan Burgers.

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According to this tweet, Tyler Florence had a special guest visit his kitchen on El Paseo’s opening night this weekend: ~Giada De Laurentiis~.

Cotogna continues to draw a high-profile crowd: a reader spotted Top Chef/Food & Wine’s ~Gail Simmons~ “getting the tasting menu treatment.” (Gail even tweeted a picture of an amazing-looking raviolo). She was also up in wine country, visiting Ad Hoc (“Would’ve taken a dip in this if i could: Poached apples, vanilla ice cream, sugar cookies.”) and Fremont Diner (“Sonoma’s Fremont diner = my kinda place: brisket hash+eggs, maple bread pudding, fried pie! Serious country cookin”) with Food & Wine’s editor, Dana Cowin.

A tablehopper reader writes in that the “non-smiling Voltaggio brothers” (in town for Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot event this past weekend in Healdsburg) dined at Incanto last night. Chef ~Bryan Voltaggio~ tweeted: “The tuna was sick, check the marrow!” Chef ~Michael Voltaggio~ had the same reaction: “tuna marrow, really man? So good.” and “tuna was insane! One of best things I’ve ever tasted.”