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Friday, September 25, 2009

Doggy Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

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Our favorite morsel from the food blogs.

Pizza. And beer: Wea culpa -- meaning we're as guilty as the next blogger in hyping restaurants not yet open. Restaurants that, well, shouldn't oughtta be hyped. When a place has a PR firm opening the throttle on the buzz machine, we can understand it. But when it doesn't, it makes us wonder just exactly what kind of clammy-fingered, Lord of the Flies-type group kill is going on here.

The latest specimen: Pi Bar. It's a pizza and beer place at 1432 Valencia Street in the Mission, or will be , after an opening slated for October 1. Pizza, beer. The owner is the guy behind Chenery Park -- that's pretty much all you need to know. A big deal? Well, it's pizza and beer, not like fucking Ferran Adriá packing up and moving to the Mission, right? Yet Eater SF listed the place as a Neighborhood Game-Changer, because, apparently, well, there'll be pizza -- East Coast pizza. And beer. Two points not overlooked by UrbanDaddy, which crafted a headline that read: "Your New Temple of Beer and Pizza." Really?

On Wednesday, Grub Street admitted it's been waiting patiently since March for, well, pizza. And beer. Burrito Justice excerpted UrbanDaddy's report, then expressed its own anticipatory schadenfreude: "I look forward to watching those lacking east coast pizza experience learn to eat a pizza with one hand." What about Mission Mission? Maybe all this Pi frenzy is traceable to blogger Kevin Montgomery, whose almost tweaked-out fascination about the place rated its own site tag: Bloggers Completely Uncalled For Obsession With Pi Bar.

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