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Monday, January 25, 2010

SFoodie's 92: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 4:38 PM

  • J. Birdsall
As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. Details after the jump.

Number 81: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service

House-concocted bar mixers are hardly new, but few have the DIY charm of the tonic Cate Whalen brews up in Oakland for sister eateries Pizzaiolo and Boot and Shoe Service. It's a murky, pinkish infusion of tropical chinchona bark, grapefruit-dominant citrus, and spices that, allied with Plymouth gin and topped up with fizzy water, ends up tasting more aperitif than highball. Tannic, bitter, and hauntingly aromatic, it turns the lowly gin and tonic into a plausible accompaniment for blistered-crust pizzas of stinging nettles and house-made sausage, or chef Charlie Hallowell's signature wood-oven-roasted squid.

Pizzaiolo 5008 Telegraph (at 51st St.), Oakland; (510) 652-4888

Boot and Shoe Service 3308 Grand (at Mandana), Oakland; (510) 763-2668

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson

No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush

No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet

No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante

No. 86: Tamales from All-Star

No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito

No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc

No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe

No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz

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