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Friday, August 12, 2016

Eat This: the Pork Bowl at Dabba

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Dabba's pork bowl - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Dabba's pork bowl
There's something slightly suspicious about the category "fast-casual." Lunch is so rushed, and it's easy to settle for an unsatisfactory meal just to get something in your stomach, that a few buzzwords can lure us in. Fast-casual is the food equivalent of "athleisure," which basically consists of ugly clothes that are too functional too dismiss. (And if everybody else is wearing them, too, who will judge you?)

At its worst, fast-casual can be bloodless and corporatized, and leave you feeling like you got hoodwinked into paying a premium for a glorified Subway foot-long made with the world's palest tomato. But at its best, it's tasty, nutritious, and convenient. Dabba, the SoMa brick-and-mortar concept that evolved out of a food truck dedicated to "ethnic confusions" doesn't feel like anyone convened a focus group to determine what's trendy with the millennials. Rather, it derives from Avatar's, the Indian restaurant in Sausalito where the recipes were never written down.

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Friday Eight: Farm to Fork SF's High-Production Philanthropic Pop-Up

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Still the best damn G&T I know: Jonathan's Gin and Tonic, at Calavera - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Still the best damn G&T I know: Jonathan's Gin and Tonic, at Calavera
Plus the short-lived Antoinette will become Limewood, Second Act Marketplace winds down, and Hamlet temporarily closes for a second act of its own.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Drink This: The Horchata Latte at Noman Coffee

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
In Homeric myth, Odysseus fools Polyphemus the man-eating cyclops by getting him drunk, telling him his name is "Noman," and driving a spear into his eye. When the other cyclopses ask Polyphemus who hurt him, he says, "Noman!" and Odysseys escapes in the confusion.

Meanwhile, Noman Coffee in the Mission has an horchata latte with a slightly more down-to-earth provenance than The Odyssey: It came from one of the baristas' abuelas. Still, the caffeine-filled shipping container that doubles as an art gallery and performance space has a lofty streak worth of its name. The art on the walls and the beer in the taps is edgy, but on a recent morning, instead of Beach House or Phantogram, the music inside came from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.

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Thursday Six: 20th Street Block Party Announces Its Food Lineup

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Sausage and tri-tip at Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Sausage and tri-tip at Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing.
Plus 1601 Bar & Kitchen throws a Sherry Pairing Dinner, Buffalo Theory hits Polk Street, the Girl Scouts of Northern California announce that they will sell S'mores in their 2017 lineup, and a nonexistent taco won an award.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday Nine: Novela Serves Cocktails for Rock Royalty

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Carrots — a mere side dish! — at Corridor (100 Van Ness). - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Carrots — a mere side dish! — at Corridor (100 Van Ness).
Plus Bon Appetit gives the nod to Leo's Oyster Bar's decor, the East Bay Express profiles the only Michelin-starred chef in Oakland, and SoMa StrEat Food Park combines a Robin Williams Film Festival with Very Vegan Sundays.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

UPDATED: Tuesday Thirteen: The Lone Star Saloon Gets Protection

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Carnitas (with Szechuan cabbage, salsa cruda, and pickled watermelon rind) at Through the Kitchen Window, a monthly pop-up held last evening at PizzaHacker. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Carnitas (with Szechuan cabbage, salsa cruda, and pickled watermelon rind) at Through the Kitchen Window, a monthly pop-up held last evening at PizzaHacker.
Plus, Almanac Beer Co. will open a tap room, Dunkin's Donuts hits Half Moon Bay, and is the five-second rule legit?

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Haute Hipsters Eat Funnel Cake at Huxley

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Funnel cake - A. K. CARROLL
  • A. K. Carroll
  • Funnel cake
Earlier this summer, I was on a family vacation in Colorado when my sister and I walked by a funnel cake stand.

"Here's the thing about funnel cake," I told her. "It always smells amazing, but then I get it and I taste it and it never lives up to my expectations."

Consequently, I have not ordered funnel cake in eight or 10 years. Or, at least I hadn't until last week when I made a visit to the Tenderloin's Huxley, where funnel cake is the culminating item on the dessert menu. If not the piece de resistance, it is at least a notable novelty, with an odd combination of textures and flavors that come from a nest of crisp hot fried batter that encircles a creamy boule of ShakedownSF's hazelnut, chocolate, and coconut milk-based T'Ella sorbet, and sits on dabs of sticky sweet grape jelly. The whole thing is sprinkled with flakes of toasted coconut.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Eating Our Way Through Outside Lands, Day 2

Posted By and on Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM

When you're at Cheeselands, it's pretty smart to B.Y.O.B(aguette) - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • When you're at Cheeselands, it's pretty smart to B.Y.O.B(aguette)
It's hard but not impossible to eat vegetables at Outside Lands. I was very excited to see Radiohead, because OK Computer was the CD that I listened to on repeat-all 1,000 times at the peak of my alienated-adolescent phase, and I'd never seen them live before. Well, Thom Yorke isn't big on the banter — no surprise there — and while I'm really glad they led off with three songs from A Moon Shaped Pool, and I got to sing along to "There There" and "Let Down" at the top of my lungs, as entertainers, there are better acts. In other words, I got some nutrition after all, because watching Radiohead felt like eating my vegetables.

For the tastier morsels that Tamara Palmer and I consumed, read on. 

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Eating Our Way Through Outside Lands, Day 1

Posted By and on Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Michelle Polzine (20th Century Kitchen), Sophina Uong (Calavera), and Cortney Burns (Bar Tartine) battle it out on the GastroMagic stage at CUESA's Trash Talk. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Michelle Polzine (20th Century Kitchen), Sophina Uong (Calavera), and Cortney Burns (Bar Tartine) battle it out on the GastroMagic stage at CUESA's Trash Talk.

With 100-and-something vendors, Outside Lands's food side has never been bigger. There are mainstays that become an obligatory pilgrimage year after year — hello, porcini mushrooms from Rich Table — but this year, there's lots of new stuff that will make you want to hold your hands palms outward and wiggle all 10 fingers like a cartoon villain, surveying your domain. I didn't get through half my planned eating list on Day 1, but luckily, there's two more days. Here's what Tamara Palmer and I feasted upon on Friday.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Seven: Sexy AF Supper Club Black Cat Opens in the Tenderloin

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Cocktails at Black Cat - KELLY PULEIO
  • Kelly Puleio
  • Cocktails at Black Cat
Plus Waterbar's OysterFest comes back, RN74 offers steep wine discounts after 8 p.m., and Just Mayo really wants to look like the coolest cool-kid non-mayonnaise mayo.

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