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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Ellwood Shandy at Dirty Habit

Drink of the Week: Ellwood Shandy at Dirty Habit

It’s almost impossible to have a discussion about Dirty Habit without the issue of the name coming up. Most people hate the name because they find it unappetizing for a restaurant, though if I have any issue with it…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Four Spots to Cool You Down This Week

Drink of the Week: Four Spots to Cool You Down This Week

The last few days may not have felt like the beginning of summer, but the warming spell early next week promises to have you seeking refreshment. Here are four spots to seek shelter from the heat (or at the…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Shrub Runner at Serpentine

Drink of the Week: Shrub Runner at Serpentine

In the days before refrigeration and freezers, preservation of bumper crops was key to surviving and making harder times as enjoyable as possible. In colonial America, one popular method to preserve fruit was to make a shrub or "drinking…
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Dining, SFoodie That's Amaro: San Francisco Gets Its Own Custom Blends

That's Amaro: San Francisco Gets Its Own Custom Blends

We like our bitter liqueurs in San Francisco: enthusiastically celebrating Negroni Week, singlehandedly kept Fernet Branca in business for years, and now thanks to broVo, a distillery in Washington State, we have three custom amari to enjoy. As part…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Absinthe Frappe at Gaspar

Drink of the Week: Absinthe Frappe at Gaspar

Walking up the stairs to the bar inside the new Gaspar Brasserie feels a little like stepping through a portal into early 20th century France. If the polish of the brass and newness of the surfaces didn't gleam so…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Forbidden Negroni at The Coachman for Negroni Week

Drink of the Week: Forbidden Negroni at The Coachman for Negroni Week

I am a weirdly complicated person. My obsessive-compulsive nature loves order and organization, but it is contrasted with an equally creative side full of divergent ideas that often compel me to do the exact opposite of what seems logical. Strange…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Watching the Tequila Sunrise at The Square

Drink of the Week: Watching the Tequila Sunrise at The Square

Like everything else, cocktails travel in cycles. Drinks that were once standards at your grandparents' and great-grandparents' house became the darlings of the craft cocktail revival, while the drinks your parents enjoyed, became the pariahs. But in recent years,…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Getting into a Choke Hold at Tosca

Drink of the Week: Getting into a Choke Hold at Tosca

I recently took a trip to New York City to catch up on a couple of years' worth of new bar openings and my brain couldn't help but make comparisons between San Francisco and New York. The quality of…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Lemon Drop-tini at AQ

Drink of the Week: Lemon Drop-tini at AQ

We all need to start somewhere in our road to learning about cocktails, and like many, my road started with the Lemon Drop -- the very first cocktail I learned to both make and enjoy. It was in the…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Old Golden at Ramen Shop

Drink of the Week: Old Golden at Ramen Shop

When I visited Ramen Shop last year, I was impressed: straight out of the gate and without any official bar manager, this restaurant was producing some fantastic drinks. Now that Chris Lane is at the helm, the drinks are…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Bone Machine at Third Rail

Drink of the Week: Bone Machine at Third Rail

Some bartenders hate doing it, others relish it. Like it or not, naming a cocktail has an impact. Some names are certainly more utilitarian and descriptive of their ingredients than others, but those that aren't help create expectations, define…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Ahumado at CHAYA Brasserie

Drink of the Week: Ahumado at CHAYA Brasserie

It's funny how often the things that are the closest to us are the ones we ignore or forget about, while more challenging pursuits are the ones actively chased. I have friends who live in other countries that I see…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Mixing from Scratch at Plum Bar

Drink of the Week: Mixing from Scratch at Plum Bar

When scanning a restaurant's cocktail menu, one of the things I try and gauge is how much dialogue is evident between the kitchen and the bar in the drinks. Are there overlaps in flavors or techniques? Is there something…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Double Feature at Foreign Cinema

Drink of the Week: Double Feature at Foreign Cinema

There are some places I regrettably take for granted, that is until I am given a gentle reminder. When news hit that the bar at Foreign Cinema was getting a remodel, new bar manager Kevin Dowell (formerly of Rio…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Drinking an "Apple" a Day at Mosto

Drink of the Week: Drinking an "Apple" a Day at Mosto

Taking your first sip of the drink "I Thought It Was Apple" ($12, Espolon Reposado Tequila, Becherovka, orgeat, lime) at Mosto, you'll swear you're drinking lightly spiced and spiked apple juice. The cocktail is deceptively easy to sip, but…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: In Love with a Gold Digger at Loló

Drink of the Week: In Love with a Gold Digger at Loló

Walking into Loló, three thoughts will cross your mind: The first and most immediate will be how improbable and fun the décor by Lorena Zertuche is. In the wrong hands, the vibrant colors and array of objects, photos, and…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Getting Caught in a Devil's Lie at Rich Table

Drink of the Week: Getting Caught in a Devil's Lie at Rich Table

Few restaurant bars inspire the kind of envy in me that Rich Table does. In its heart, it is a neighborhood restaurant, albeit one that has rightfully attracted local and national attention. It is the kind of place I…
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Dining, SFoodie Bittersweet Happy Hour: Turning Lemons into Lovin'-ade at CUESA

Bittersweet Happy Hour: Turning Lemons into Lovin'-ade at CUESA

We may only be a few days into SF Beer Week and your thirst for sudsy mugs of small craft, extremely hoppy beer may seem unquenchable, but trust us: taking a break for a night will only make it…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: The Declaration at Starbelly

Drink of the Week: The Declaration at Starbelly

The stigma associated with low-alcohol cocktails may be coming to an end thanks to bars that are creating the drinks out of choice, not necessity. Places like Brass Tacks, Bergerac, and Range devote subsections of their menus to the…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: Pig 'N Boots at Parallel 37

Drink of the Week: Pig 'N Boots at Parallel 37

Cocktails are capable of taking flavors and ingredients in many different directions, even with something as seemingly simple as a switch in bitters. An infusion or syrup can marry the culinary accents of a restaurant's cuisine to the drink,…
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