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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pop-Up Planner, Dec.3-9: Sonoma Liberty Duck, Hamachi Crudo and Other Upscale Offerings

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The Miyagi oyster with fish roe at Mission pop-up, The Palace. - DAISY T./ YELP
  • Daisy T./ Yelp
  • The Miyagi oyster with fish roe at Mission pop-up, The Palace.

The first of the month has just arrived, Christmas bonuses are around the corner, and you're looking to show the girl you met on Tinder a week ago that you're a baller. But she's got your repertoire of favorite spots covered twice over, as she yawns at your suggestions for the night. She's about to reach for her phone and push you to the sidelines while you scurry for a saving grace. And that's why you come to SFoodie. This week's pop-up planner rounds up a few of the city's best upscale pop-ups and temporary restaurants.

You can thank us later.

What: Lazy Bear

Where: Secret Location

When: Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Cost: $95

The Rundown: Chef David Barzelay began cooking seriously in law school, spending most of his time on studying food, and spending as little time as possible on law. After a brief two-two year stint as a lawyer, the same habits persisted until he decided to commit himself to cooking. His work at Nopa, Commonwealth, and Aldea in New York City has paralleled his success in the pop-up world. Barzelay's popularity has grown mostly by word of mouth, and over the past four years, the 120 coveted spots are chosen from a lottery of around 1,200 on the waitlist. Those who don't get in the first time, will eventually be given priority.

"It usually takes a couple of times, but if you try consecutively, you'll eventually get in," Barzelay says.

No dish here is ever the same. Though he wouldn't give us the full spread, the 18-course meal will feature gems like local dungeness served with chestnuts and a duck dish with Sonoma Liberty ducks. BYOB!

Reservation requests will go out tonight and will close after 24 hours.

For contact info, click here.

What:The Palace

When: Wednesday-Sunday, 6-10 p.m.

Where: The Palace Family Steakhouse

Cost: Tasting Menu ($50)

The Rundown: Taking over the old school red booths and linoleum tables of the Mission's The Palace Family Steakhouse, Manny Torry Gimenez (Mr. Pollo) has recently opened a steakhouse that you've got to make reservations via text. The five-course tasting menu ($50) starts with an amuse bouche of Hamachi crudo with lime zest ginger, moves into a Miyagi oyster with salsa and tobiko and eventually moves into steak au poivre. BYOB!

For reservations, text (415) 666-5218 and wait for a response.

What: Kinfolk

When: Thursday-Saturday, 5:30-10 p.m.

Where: 903 Cortland Ave.

The Rundown: Chef Greg Lutes is bringing modern American food with an emphasis on local organic ingredients in a relaxed setting. Reasonably priced items will cost you no more than $25 for an entree. Menu items include a crudo of hamachi with shinko pear, pepitas and purple daikon, a duo of grilled kobe flap and short rib served with roasted cauliflower and a horseradish gremolata. Vegan and gluten free options are available. Wine, beer, and a farmers' market juice spritz are available to drink.

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