January 3, 2012

January 3, 2012

Well, this isn’t a restaurant or bar sighting, but when it’s ~Michelle Pfeiffer~, I will make big exceptions. Bi-Rite Market owner Sam Mogannam tweeted she was in the market on New Year’s Eve!

This is a little far afield for my usual coverage, but again, for ~James Franco~, exceptions must be made. He had dinner at Calafia Café in Palo Alto with his mother and brother. (Yes, just like his collection of stories, Palo Alto.)

Just before Christmas, ~Adrian Grenier~ came in to AQ for dinner and hung out in the downstairs whiskey lounge with his group—my source says he was “with his ‘model girlfriend’ and a group of friends including one of the Twitter founders.”

A tablehopper reader spotted ~Ben Flajnik~ at Cotogna, the Sonoma winemaker who is starring in the latest season of The Bachelor (it just started last night). Yup, the same guy who was turned down by Ashley Hebert on The Bachelorette. My spotter says, “It looked like a late lunch meeting, and he was at a table with seven other people (mostly women and one other man).” A little more sleuthing reveals he was having a meeting with a local PR firm.

~John Cleese~ came in to TRACE for breakfast; the gluten-free actor/writer tucked into the market omelet, with maitake mushroom, melted leeks, and Gruyère.

A tablehopper reader spotted ~Fred Armisen~ (Saturday Night Live) and his Portlandia costar ~Carrie Brownstein~ (she was also in the band Sleater-Kinney and now Wild Flag) dining at ~BAR TARTINE~ last Thursday evening. A check-in with the restaurant confirms the sighting, and fortunately the insanely delicious langos potato bread was one of the items they ordered, along with a number of seafood dishes (but no chicken paprikas since they couldn’t get a birth certificate and dossier on the chicken, har). The duo was in town for their Portlandia traveling show at Mezzanine.

~James Belushi~ came in to DOSA on Fillmore with a friend. He sat in the lounge and seemed to especially like their new version of the lamb chops (which are spice-crusted with a cranberry-chutney glaze). He thanked the restaurant on the way out.

~Michael Dukakis~ and his wife Kitty were spotted having dinner at Kokkari the day after Christmas.

~Guy Fieri~ of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives came to La Toque at The Westin Verasa Napa on Christmas Eve to source a special ingredient for the holiday (no, it wasn’t more hair bleach). Ends up Guy was in need of fresh white truffles for his family’s Christmas Eve dinner and because chef Ken Frank is a truffle aficionado, he knew just who to call for the goods. (You can see a pic of the truffle trio here.)