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Friday, July 15, 2016

Through the Kitchen Window, a (Mostly) Monthly Euro-Asian Pop-Up

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Frank and beans - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Frank and beans
Now that pop-ups are commonplace, it's good to encounter a truly creative one that's capable of serving more than six or eight dishes. Chef Joji Kumi and Alexis Katsilometes' Through the Kitchen Window, a mostly monthly enterprise formerly held inside Range (and moving to PizzaHacker for its August go-round) is one. Here, the small plates — of which there are an impressive 15 — all run between $8 and $12, supplemented by a couple meaty, for-the-table entrees for $30 to $50. (Full disclosure: Katsilometes is a former contributor to SFoodie.)

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Latest From the Hall: Kit Fox and El Pípila

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Kit Fox's reuben - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Kit Fox's reuben

One of the openings that everyone who puts food into their bodies one-to-four times daily is looking forward to in 2016 is Citizen Fox in the Mission. Right now, the "plant-based" restaurant is doing a regular Wednesday-through-Saturday-nights-plus-Sunday-brunch pop-up a few blocks own from its future location, but for the time being, there is also its li'l cousin at the Hall on Market Street, Kit Fox.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fine Dining Deal: L.A. Chef Collective Supper Liberation Front Pops Up Monday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM

HECTOR CRUZ SANDOVAL
  • Hector Cruz Sandoval

While most of L.A. might care about getting famous, these chefs don’t. Supper Liberation Front is a collective of anonymous professional chefs fighting the good fight against pretentious and pricey fine dining experiences, and they’re popping up with a seven course meal at the Payne Mansion Hotel on Monday night. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pop-up Alert: Pink Zebra Returns for Two Nights at Namu Gaji

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

PINK ZEBRA
  • Pink Zebra

If you’re anything like me, you have been bemoaning the fact that you never made it to Pink Zebra, the much-celebrated pop-up in the Mission’s Tin Yao restaurant. As rave reviews amassed, higlighting chef Jesse Koide’s omakase menu and dishes like hurricane popcorn with pig ears, I promised myself I would make it in — once I tried the 100 other places that had just been added to my ever-growing list.

But alas, on June 27, just nine months after Keode and team had moved into the Tin Yao space, they moved out. But you know what they say about all good things: they must pop up in other places. Alright, that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but in this case perhaps it should be; because the vibrant-headkerchief-donning chef is back, this time in the house of the Lee brothers. On Monday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 31, Pink Zebra will return once again to the Mission — albeit a few blocks northwest, to Namu Gaji.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TONIGHT: A Mexican Pop-Up at Wing Wings, with Richie Nakano

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

THE BOLD ITALIC
  • The Bold Italic

Wing Wings is known for hosting Tuesday night pop-ups with terrific stuff, such as Richie Nakano’s original Hapa Ramen and all the fried Irish things at Gillian Fitzgerald’s Fish & Chips. In that vein, tonight only, Nakano will return to the Lower Haight wingatorium for a Mexican evening of chimichangas, sangria, and a 6.33 layer dip.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

You Will Not Make It Through the Summer Without Seeing Sneaky's BBQ Everywhere

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Brisket, pulled chicken, and pulled pork tacos, with cornbread. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Brisket, pulled chicken, and pulled pork tacos, with cornbread.

If you’re a social animal and you like day-drinking, you’re going to find Sneaky’s BBQ to be more or less inescapable this summer. This is a positive development because, while there’s plenty of superb barbecue spots around San Francisco, they’re not always Carolina-style. Vinegary, peppery and loaded with the essential meats that make dancing for hours at Daytime Realness or answering trivia questions at Vinyl possible over the long haul.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Musical Brunch Pop-Up Launches This Saturday

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos - SOUL DELICIOUS
  • Soul Delicious
  • Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos

Wes Rowe of Wes Burger fame is teaming up with LookOut in the Castro to launch Soul Delicious, a southern-infused brunch pop-up. The weekly affair will feature a rotating menu set to the soundtrack of Motown classics. Come hungry, and be prepared to dance — just as you'd expect at this second-story bar just off Market. 

The revelry begins this Saturday, June 13, with a barrage of comfort cuisine designed to disarm even the most stubborn of weekend hangovers. The inaugural centerpiece figures to be the modestly-billed 'Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich', an $11 gut-busting combo of ground maple pork belly, aged melted cheddar, and a runny, fried egg. Just to give it some semblance of healthfulnes, it's topped with a bouquet of arugula, and comes with country style home fries on the side.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Relax, the Gross-Sounding Replacement for Hapa Ramen Is Just a Pop-Up

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 2:16 PM

DOCTOR POPULAR, VIA UPTOWN ALMANAC
  • Doctor Popular, via Uptown Almanac

Earlier today, the inestimable Uptown Almanac posted a pic this menu in the former Hapa Ramen space. The fleur-de-lys doesn't portend the return of Hubert Keller, but definitely refers to New Orleans (you can see the crawfish, Sazerac, and beignets on the menu). A little sleuthing revealed that it's only a pop-up, not the permanent replacement to Hapa Ramen.

Spokeswoman Lisa Nourse told SF Weekly by email that "Thus far, the owner/operators have hosted crawfish boils, pan Asian dinners, and a bao dinner. They haven't made any decisions about the space's future."

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Pop-Up Radar: Cheesesteaks (and Wings) at Deli Board

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:21 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

We love a good pop-up around here. Their fleeting nature makes stopping by a little tricky (and we sometimes have to review them on Day One, which has the potential to be less than fair). But Deli Board knows their sandwiches, and our trust that they would know how to do a cheesesteak properly was not misplaced.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Get in Line Now: Austin's Franklin Barbecue Is Popping Up in S.F. in May

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 10:20 AM

It's just a typical morning — you're drinking your coffee, skimming your RSS feed — and then the world screeches to a halt when you see Eater SF's scoop that Austin's esteemed brisket-peddler Franklin Barbecue is coming to San Francisco for a few days in mid-May.

We've never waited in the hours-long line in Austin, though we have on good authority that it's worth doing at least once just for a taste of the ambrosial brisket. We've spent plenty of time drooling over money shots in magazines and its cameo in Chef. And now, like magic, it will be transported to S.F.

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