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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers September 18-24, 2013

Desco: The corner restaurant in Oakland is the third consecutive Italian restaurant in the same location. Pizza, pasta, and an all-Italian wine list. 499 Ninth, Oakland, (510) 663-9000, descooakland.com. InoVino: Claudio Villani has taken on his own project by opening…
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Dining, Eat Padrecito: Mexican Cuisine Gets a Makeover in Cole Valley

Padrecito: Mexican Cuisine Gets a Makeover in Cole Valley

San Francisco's certainly no stranger to Mexican food, from the taquerias on every block to the upscale explorations of the cuisine at places like Nopalito. Padrecito, the new brother restaurant of the Marina's Mamacita, is of the latter variety, highlighting…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

Hard Water: Charles Phan's new Embarcadero spot has a New Orleans theme, with dishes like boiled peanuts, seafood gumbo, okra etouffee, braised rabbit, and a raw bar featuring Hog Island oysters and cracked crab. Plus, a two-page whiskey menu and…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. The Alchemist Bar & Lounge: A phonograph playing old-timey music sets the mood as you walk through the ground floor entrance of this second-floor SOMA…
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Dining, Eat The Ice Cream Bar: Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain Goes Modern

The Ice Cream Bar: Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain Goes Modern

As you'd imagine, most of the children at Cole Valley's Ice Cream Bar were pressed around the ice cream case at the front, saplings amid a greedy thicket of adults clutching numbered slips, awaiting their chance at a cone. Those…
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News, The Snitch Cycle Crook on the Loose: How to Protect Your Bike

Cycle Crook on the Loose: How to Protect Your Bike

A ballsy bike burglar continues to victimize San Francisco's cyclists, ripping off expensive bikes from home garages. With that in mind, police have issued specific tips to help residents protect their bikes. Over the last few weeks, there has been…
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News, The Snitch Bike Bandit Strikes Again

Bike Bandit Strikes Again

Earlier this week, we warned readers about the rash of bike thefts happening in the Inner Sunset. The thief appears to have migrated to Cole Valley, where there have been increased reports of a cycle crook.Police Captain Denis O'Leary told…
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Dining, SFoodie Stag Dining Group: Current and Former Alembic Chefs Organize Underground Dinners

Stag Dining Group: Current and Former Alembic Chefs Organize Underground Dinners

Two chefs with ties to the Alembic are launching an underground eatery next week in Cole Valley. Jordan Grosser and Ted Fleury ― once co-chefs at the Alembic (Fleury's still there, actually) ― come together again Dec. 17 and 18…
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Dining, SFoodie Cafe Reverie Isn't Connected, Though You Might End Up That Way

Cafe Reverie Isn't Connected, Though You Might End Up That Way

Why would someone in this tech-savvy city go to a Wi-Fi-free café? Here are a few reasons: 1) so you can actually get some writing and reading done without Internet distractions; 2) so you can peacefully enjoy food and a…
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Dining, SFoodie Eos Wine Salon: High-Class Happy Hour Sips and Snacks

Eos Wine Salon: High-Class Happy Hour Sips and Snacks

The place: Eos Restaurant and Wine Salon, 901 Cole (at Carl), 566-3063 The hours: Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-7 p.m. The deals: Wines for $5/glass, $10/half bottle, $20/bottle; sake or sangria at $5/glass; oysters at $1 apiece; snacks at $5 each The digs:…
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Dining, SFoodie Cafe Reverie's Pozole Verde

Cafe Reverie's Pozole Verde

When we need to escape the pull of the Internet, SFoodie occasionally works at Cole Valley's wifi-free Cafe Reverie, a friendly place with comfortable seats, beer as well as coffee, and an ever-so-slightly gourmetified menu of sandwiches, burgers, and salads.…
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Dining, SFoodie Ashbury Market Serves Up Takeaway Dinners with Street-Food Flavor

Ashbury Market Serves Up Takeaway Dinners with Street-Food Flavor

Well, that was quick. Not two weeks after SFoodie editor John Birdsall announced Ashbury Market's call for street-food vendors to cook and sell out of its kitchen, two have stepped up to answer. Mike Christie of SF Delicious, a duo…
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Dining, SFoodie Seeking Street-Food Vendors: Ashbury Market

Seeking Street-Food Vendors: Ashbury Market

The owner of Ashbury Market wants to spark a little street-food fire in Cole Valley. Earlier today, Resat Turgut tweeted that interested cart vendors looking for free kitchen space should hit him up. His idea? Give vendors a place to…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

No Room for Debate Those darn kids: I was surprised by the description of the roommate collective in Cole Valley . Not at the physical conditions, but at the shallowness of the people.…
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Music, Room with a Few

Room with a Few

It wasn't meant to be one of those damned open houses. They — the innumerable aspiring Tiger House roommates — were supposed to come for their appointments at 30-minute intervals. During his years in the coveted seven-bedroom Cole Valley party…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Hidden Basketball Court

Grattan Playground Stanyan & Alma, 753-7039 Tucked away in Cole Valley, this sunken playground features one of the easiest-to-join pickup games in the city, with a minimum of prima donnas and most players in the same slightly-above-average competitive range. And…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Real Musicians, Real Jobs

Real Musicians, Real Jobs

Do you ever ask yourself, "Who is that dude behind the bar? What the hell does he do when he's not pouring me a pint?" You should ask him sometime, because you never know who he might be. For example,…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Stow It

Stow It

TUES 7/13 Most people don't need an interpreter to enjoy Stow Lake. The doughnut-shaped waterway's pleasures practically bat you over the head as soon as you get there. But Christopher Pollock is the author of two books about Golden Gate…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop

The Haight-Ashbury District is one of the last hipster havens in the country without a Starbucks, and the locals like it that way. That's because every morning, Upper Haight and Cole Valley denizens line up at Cafe Cole, an itty-bitty,…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Expansion by a Local Burger Joint

For years, the BurgerMeister at Carl and Cole streets, right next to the Muni stop, has filled Cole Valley with the smell of good, grilled, made-to-order hamburgers. Now the popular local joint has expanded to another location, 138 Church St.…
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