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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Afternoon Merriment: Anagrams of SF Chefs in the Style of Lazy Bear

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 4:19 PM

click to enlarge These oysters at ICHI Kakiya could have been served at Unreal Arithmetic. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • These oysters at ICHI Kakiya could have been served at Unreal Arithmetic.

This morning, 7x7 published a truly hilarious account of a “non-critic” and her solo dining excursion to Lazy Bear, David Barzelay’s supper club on 19th Street. Because it’s a hyper-communal meal and sitting cheek-by-jowl with strangers can be discomfiting, Ali Wunderman got kinda wasted.

By the end of the meal, she was a little too drunk to record her thoughts in the booklet Lazy Bear provides so diners can remember their dinner. (Although assuming she’s poked around on the tire fire of pettiness and self-aggrandizement that is Yelp, she should know that she’s in the upper quartile of humanity, minimum.) Still, she was happy.

“Not only did they serve an exceptional meal, but they did so in a unique format that defied what I had expected to be hipster nonsense,” Wunderman wrote.

The hipster nonsense reference, plus her doodle of an actual napping bear — "Lazy Bear" being an anagram for the chef’s surname — got us thinking about what would happen if other chefs took the same approach to naming their next projects.

With apologies to Corey Lee and other talented people whose short names don’t rearrange well, and for our pretentious punctuation, we present some possibilities for prominent San Francisco chefs’ and chef teams’ future endeavors. Most are indeed “hipster nonsense,” but one or two approach an absurdist sublime. Enjoy!


Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food)


IN BAWDY NEON

Charles Phan (Slanted Door)

SSH PARLANCE

Aaron London (AL's Place)


RADON ON LOAN

Michael Chiarello (Coqueta)

CHEMICAL HOLE & LAIR

Gary Danko (Gary Danko)

DRAGON + YAK
DARK AGONY

Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb)

OSTRICH IN CONES
RIOT ON CHICNESS
I SIN ON CROTCHES

Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn)

CONQUER IN DENIM
QUEER MICRON DIN
INQUIRE/CONDEMN

Michael Mina (Michael Mina)

CHAINMAIL ME
MINIMAL ACHE
MAIL MACHINE

Cortney Burns & Nick Balla (Bar Tartine)

BLUNT CANON BRICKLAYERS

Brenda Buenviaje (Brenda's French Soul Food, Brenda's Meat & Three)

INJURED VANE BABE
RAVE JABBED ENNUI

Thomas McNaughton (flour + water)

THAT UNCOMMON SHAG
HOT GUNMAN STOMACH

Melissa Perello (Frances, Octavia)

I SMELL PAROLEES
EEL PAIL MORSELS
AMPERES & LOLLIES

Tim & Erin Archuleta (ICHI Sushi + NI Bar, ICHI Kakiya)

UNREAL ARITHMETIC
RHEUMATIC LATRINE
CAN'T ERR? HUMILIATE!
LUNCHTIME AIR RATE

Evan & Sarah Rich (Rich Table)

HARSH VARIANCE

Nicole Krasinski & Stuart Brioza (State Bird Provisions, the Progress)

BRISK SUCKER RATIONALIZATIONS


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Peter Lawrence Kane

Bio:
Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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