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SFPD Chronicles: The Cliff House's superpowers allowed it...
The Cliff House's superpowers allowed it to defy the government shutdown, and they saved the restaurant again last night when an apparently drunk driver slipped on the slick roads, careened into a pole, smashed through a concrete planter, and destroyed a parked pickup truck in the restaurant's parking lot, stopping just short of ramming into the 150-year-old building. The still-unnamed driver in a BMW SUV was arrested, and beer bottles were apparently found around his/her car. KCBS
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Week in Reviews: Bauer Still Likes Oenotri; Roth Underwhelmed at Fog City
Inside Oenotri. Photo: Star5112/Flickr Change may be afoot at the Chron's Tower of Bauer, but Michael took a comforting visit to Napa's Oenotri, where he found the food as good as he remembered, despite some departures in the kitchen. He loved the pizza (with its steroidal basil), enjoyed the "admirable" charcuterie, wanted more of the "magnificent" albacore collar appetizer and dug in to the "excellent" desserts. Service, sometimes a Bauer peeve, was also excellent: "the waiters clearly know what they are doing, and they do it very well." All told, Oenotri "continues to set the standards for Italian food in downtown Napa." Three stars. Chron Anna Roth, meanwhile, kept closer to home with a review of the recently reopened Fog City (ne Fog City Diner). There, she found a "beautiful space, but something about it feels a little impersonal, like it belongs just off the lobby of a hotel." Everything is technically excellent, says Roth, but "the dishes never quite soar." The much-lauded spatchcocked chicken "isn'
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Week in Reviews: Bauer Revisits Comstock; Roth Files a Rave For Alta CA
Inside Comstock. Photo: Comstock/Facebook Bauer revisited North Beach hotspot Comstock Saloon for his update review this week, and found a space that "could be a stage set for a Barbary Coast-inspired movie," complete with beards, bowties and "some of the best classic cocktails around." A new remodel and the addition of chef Ronnie New have freshened up Comstock's offering, and Bauer sampled apps like the shrimp cocktail, crisp chicken livers and a Little Gem salad, which "New does a good job with." Roast chicken was a "great dish with the bourbon-based cocktails" and the vegetarian pot pie, "with a golden domed crust capping a steamy blend of mushrooms," impressed. Service was "a little disjointed," prompting a cocktail mix-up that was quickly remedied, but Bauer's dessert was no good: a "characterless bourbon pudding and a "dry, nearly frozen tres leches cake." "I should have drunk my dessert." 2.5 stars. Chron Anna Roth posted a rare rave this week with her review of Daniel Patterson's newest, callin
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EaterWire: Bay Area's Best Dives; Oakland Airport Fast-Food Strike
CHINATOWN/OAKLAND—Two Bay Area dive bars made the cut for Thrillist's map of the nation's 33 best: Buddha Lounge, cited for the bartender's willingness to play dice for drinks, and The Kingfish, whose leaky roof doesn't dispel the popularity of the shuffleboard and free popcorn. Thrillist OAKLAND—The latest fast-food workers to strike in the movement for a $15/hour minimum wage are those at the Oakland Airport, who will demonstrate throughout the holiday season. 320 workers are expected to participate. SF Business Times FINANCIAL DISTRICT—Celebrate Thanksgivukkah at Shorty Goldstein's from today through Wednesday, with dishes like turkey matzo-ball soup, schmaltz-poached turkey with pumpkin latkes, and sufganiyot. They'll close on Thanksgiving, but will reopen for Black Friday shoppers. EaterWire SOMA—Also participating in the Black Friday festivities: Bluestem Brasserie, which will offer shoppers a $15 combo of a roast beef schmitter sandwich and a hot rum and red wine punch all da
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Week in Reviews: Bauer Praises Angle; Sens Visits Verbena
Inside Angle Photo: Angle/Facebook Bauer went on a wine country jaunt to Napa's Angle in his update review this week. It's a French bistro where "classic doesn't have to be boring." "Few restaurants have the rich character" of this spot, says Bauer, and a "Napa-meets-Provence" attitude struck the right balance. A rotating door of chefs has distracted attention from the spot, but current chef Rogelio Garcia and his predecessors have all been "excellent." From early-spring artichokes to "crisp veal" sweetbreads, "the season's first and best is always well represented," and pte de campagne and mustard-crusted pork loin impressed. "Angle adds up to a quintessential Napa Valley dining experience, one that should be near the top of the list for any visitor—or local." Three stars. Chron Josh Sens visited new veggie hotspot Verbena, where Sean Baker's "fondness for the harvest inspires him to great bursts of creative expression." Here, "the presentations are supremely photogenic," and "a plate becomes B
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Week in Reviews: A Bauer Star Frenzy: 3 to Tosca, 3.5 to State Bird
In the kitchen at Tosca. Photo: Patricia Chang Thanks to the holiday, this edition of Week in Reviews boasts a double dose of Bauer. First up: he's finally filed on Tosca Cafe, and the results pretty much qualify as a rave. "As much as Tosca Cafe has changed, it's firmly anchored in the past," he writes, citing the continued presence of former owner Jeannette Etheredge and what passes in SF for celebrities (Stanlee Gatti, Vanessa Getty, and Willie Brown). The new kitchen is "a stage for April Bloomfield's talents," with "excellent" dishes like a roast chicken with "crisp skin and succulent flesh," pork fat-crisped potatoes "that should be ordered with everything," and "intense" mussel soup. (Surprisingly, he doesn't comment about the much-discussed prices.) Overall, it's "a style of food that reflects the ethos of the place without falling into the retro mode...Tosca has been reincarnated as the place to go to understand where San Francisco has been, and where it's going." Three stars. Chron As if o
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EaterWire: Afternoon Tea at the Ritz; Hanukkah at AQ
UNION SQUARE—Thanksgiving weekend heralds the beginning of shopping season and its attendant festivities in Union Square, where the Ritz-Carlton will host its traditional Afternoon Tea in the Lounge. Unwind above the shopping hordes with a perfectly-blended pot of tea, savory tea sandwiches, classic sweets likes scones and macaroons and live jazz. Seatings are at 3pm on Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Dec. 5-8 and Dec. 12-24, $65 per person. EaterWire SOMA—It' a quick and crowded holiday season, so get your tickets now for AQ's Hanukkah Dinner on Dec. 2nd. AQ chef Mark Liberman will team up with guest chefs from Commonwealth, The Village Pub, Baker & Banker and Deli Board for an 8-course tasting menu with beverage pairings: look for courses like winter squashes and quince with duck liver, latkes with smoked fish and wagyu brisket pastrami. Tickets are $155 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Food Bank. EaterWire MISSION—Charles Chocolates is blending both tea and Hanukkah themes with
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Burning Questions: This might be one of the
This might be one of the smokiest years in local restaurant history, with wood-fired ovens a fixture for everyone from pizza places to trendy new spots like the open-fire kitchen at TBD. But what happens to restaurants when Spare the Air days go into effect, as they have today for the fifth day in a row and the 20th day this season? As it turns out, the wood-burning ban doesn't apply to restaurants because they generate income and have to pay employees and bills."Wood burning ovens represent a very small fraction of the overall wood burning devices in the Bay Area," said Tom Flannigan of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, so enjoy that wood-fired pizza with a clear conscience. ABC
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EaterWire: 23-Year-Old Bel Forno Closes; Sebo's Chef Returns
BERKELEY—After 23 years holding down its corner of the Gourmet Ghetto, little cafe Bel Forno is calling it quits on December 31 as owner Fred Shokouh retires. The space has already been snapped up and will likely remain a cafe, reopening in February. Berkeleyside Nosh THE MISSION—Been missing Sebo chef Michael Black since his Hayes Valley restaurant closed in October? He's reemerged at Local Mission Market, where he's become the fishmonger and is offering sustainable chirashi boxes ($14-20) for lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tablehopper OAKLAND—The Port Bar, a crowdfunded gay bar, is looking to raise $20K to open up in Uptown Oakland. Though their unpromoted Indiegogo campaign missed the mark, the investors (which include the team behind nearby Make Westing) are hoping for a white knight to help the project get off the ground. They'll also try crowdfunding again early next year. SF Business Times OAKLAND—Also from the annals of East Bay crowdfunding: a group of Jack London Squar
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EaterWire: Cocktail Locals Honored; La Boulange Expands to L.A.
SAN FRANCISCO—Congrats to Trick Dog, Smuggler's Cove, Nopa, Hard Water, and Tommy's, which racked up nominations in the Tales of the Cocktail awards, one of the biggest prizes in the spirits/cocktail world. A number of local brand reps and writers were nominated as well. Zagat LOS ANGELES—With the help of corporate sugar daddy Starbucks, La Boulange is finally flying the Bay Area brick-and-mortar nest, opening a 3,000-square-foot outpost in L.A.'s Mid-City area. It'll also be the brand's first location to serve a full dinner menu. SFBT THE MISSION—St. Vincent is hosting a special happy hour tonight featuring AR. PE. PE. Winery, which owner David Lynch says is "some of the greatest Nebbiolo-based wine you'll ever taste." (Considering he literally wrote the book on Italian wine, that's high praise.) They'll have a flight of four vintages for $50, both tonight and during dinner service while supplies last. EaterWire UNION SQUARE—Meanwhile, over at Millennium, Chasewater Winery is landi
(Eater SF)


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Week in Reviews: Bauer Still Digs Firefly; Roth Indulges at Bacon Bacon
Firefly on 24th Street. Photo: T./Yelp Bauer stopped by longtime Noe Valley fixture Firefly in this week's update review, where he found a neighborhood spot with a new focus. Though "the interior appears a little static and shopworn ... the food has continued to evolve" as chef Brad Levy has put extra emphasis on vegetarian dishes and gluten-free options (both his daughters have celiac disease). Various cultures inform Levy's menu, with dishes like seared halibut complete with "complex and refreshing" accompaniments, "well-conceived" vegetarian dishes (he tried the seared maitake and king trumpet mushrooms with bok choy), and a sizeable dessert menu. "Service has a welcoming, neighborhood demeanor," says Bauer, and "the staff knows the menu and their customers." It's just another reason that "Firefly has thrived for more than 20 years." 2.5 stars. Chron Roth paid a visit to the newly reopened Bacon Bacon brick-and-mortar, which has made a business of that "unpretentious," "indulgent," and undisputed
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Week in Reviews: Bauer Revisits Amber India; Roth Feasts on Prime Rib
Photo: Amber India/Facebook Wondering which restaurant had Bauer crusading for a host attitude adjustment? His revisit to Amber India holds the key. There, he found fault with the fumbling, "usually young women" behind the host stand, whose missteps kicked off "what turns out to be a good meal" on a "sour note." But everything goes "comparatively smoothly" once Bauer got seated: a sauce "seemed to drape like a cashmere blanket over the plump Malabari shrimp," the awadhi lamb qorma was "enhanced with fragrant orris root," and the baluchi murg tikka "sported a moist, fragrant interior under a thin, crusty skin" (though the greens were a bust). But while chef Ajay Mishra's Indian fare impressed, the front-of-house left Bauer bummed. "Service can sometimes be as dull as the sauces are bright." 2.5 stars. Chron The feeling was jubilant when Anna Roth ventured to House of Prime Rib, "the kind of restaurant where you take a moment to savor the milestones of life." There's "an overwhelmingly positive vibe in the
(Eater SF)


The Beth Custer Ensemble in San Francisco on 14 May 2014
Artist: The Beth Custer Ensemble Date: Wednesday, May 14th 2014 Time: 8:00pm City: San Francisco Venue: Yoshis San Francisco Address: 1330 Fillmore St. Venue phone: 4156555600 Country: US Admission: $14 Age restrictions: All Ages Buy Tickets Add to Google Calendar | Download iCal
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framelinefest posted a photo: FRAMELINE38: CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
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Back to Black: After two years as the executive...
After two years as the executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Rob Black is on his way out. The public-policy maven, who represented the interests of a wide swath of SF's restaurants at City Hall and to the media and was a key player behind the SF Chefs festival, has been poached by PG&E to serve as their senior director of community relations. No replacement has been announced; associate director Donnalyn Murphy is filling in until a hire is made. SF Business Times
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Expansion Wire: Berkeley's vegan cinnamon-roll emporium Cinnaholic is...
Berkeley's vegan cinnamon-roll emporium Cinnaholic is on an expansion tear: after a successful showing on ABC's Shark Tank (whose investment they ultimately decided not to take), owners Florian and Shannon Radke received scores of offers and signed a franchise deal. Their current plan is to expand to 100 units in the next five years, and they've had offers from franchisees across the country, including Texas and Alabama. SFBT
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Rules & Regulations: Starting January 1, 2014, restaurateurs will...
Starting January 1, 2014, restaurateurs will have to heed new rules from the IRS regarding automatic gratuities placed on checks. Automatic tips (like the 18% charge for groups larger than six) will be taxed just like regular income. Previously it was up to servers to report these service charges as income. SF Biz Journal Photo: Serious Eats
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Week in Reviews: Bauer Gets Cheesy, Gives 3 Stars to the Matterhorn
Photo: Kevin Y./Yelp Bauer got into the holiday spirit with this week's review, visiting longstanding fondue outfit The Matterhorn. There, he shook away the December blues with the fondue Chinoise, complete with "paper-thin slices of well-marbled, aged beef stacked nearly as high as the Matterhorn." There's a fondue to fit every palate here, and each comes complete with horseradish, mustard and lingonberry sauces and enough garnishes have Bauer proclaim it "truly a feast." The wine list sports "unheard-of" prices" on bottles, with many in the $30 range, and although service can be a bit curt, it quickly thaws into a "homey and casual" attitude. "It feels a bit nostalgic and a bit retro, a perfect way to conquer the winter blahs." Three stars. Chron Anna Roth skipped a review this week to focus on the best dishes she ate in 2013, from crispy milk-braised celery hearts at Hard Water to kouign amann at B. Patisserie to uni at Swan Oyster Depot. "When you eat out professionally, your meals tend to run togethe
(Eater SF)


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Warfield & Crazy Horse
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