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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday Eight: Rickybobby Closes, Chart House Opens, The Tabasco Museum

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Smoked ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. - HOMEGROWN
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  • Smoked ham, egg, and cheese sandwich.

Plus Homegrown arrives via VW bus in June, 1300 Fillmore's got a Mardi Gras menu, and Alexander Steakhouse is up to something in Union Square.

S.F.'s Own Chart House Opens Today
It's kind of fun when giant places suddenly materialize, isn't it? Chart House, a 12,000-square-foot, waterfront in the former Neptune's on Pier 39 arrived today. It's a chain, found in 16 states, that capitalizes on breathtaking views and tourist-friendly dishes calibrated to offend as few people as possible. In S.F.'s case, that means a classic Wharf menu of cioppino, clam chowder in a bread bowl, prime rib, Dungeness crab, and the like. If you have a business function that requires a view of sea lions, you know who to call.
Chart House, Pier 39, 415-434-2260 or

1300 on Fillmore's Mardi Gras Menu
Fat Tuesday falls one week from today, and 1300 on Fillmore's NOLA-heavy menu of blackened crawfish croquettes, cheesy grit sticks, Sazeracs, a pecan old fashioned (scotch, muscovado surgar, pecan bitters, and a chicory ice cube) will make you feel like you were standing on the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas. Mardi Gras is also the day after the New Hampshire primary, so if you and your krewe were really gunning for Gov. John Kasich to sweep, this will be a great option to cheer yourselves up.

Fine & Rare's Seafood Stories
Are you wracked with guilt over whether the seafood you're about to order is overfished or irresponsibly farmed? Beginning this month, Fine & Rare will partner with Fish Revolution on a monthly dining series focused on seafood sustainability. Seafood Stories features $70 menus from local chefs together with talks by experts in the field. Thursday, Feb. 11 brings Marah Hardt, author of Sex in the Sea, to discuss what lies beneath the ocean waves as Fine & Rare's own chef Scott Peterson plates some topical dishes.
Fine & Rare, 555 Golden Gate Ave., 415-297-3980 or

Homegrown Sandwich Shop Is Coming
Begum in 2009 in Seattle by childhood besties and expanded to 10 locations, Homegrown is the "sandwich shop with a conscience," and it's coming to the Bay Area in June with four new locations. Sounding suspiciously like a Ben & Jerry's with pastrami and pesto, its founders are traveling down the coast in a VW van, eating their way through Northern California and hanging out with their purveyors. When the day comes, look for Stumptown Coffee, humanely treated animals, and hormone- and antibiotic-free eggs on the breakfast sandos.

Rickybobby Closed Saturday
The three-year-old Lower Haight purveyor of highbrow-lowbrow fare like honey Sriracha wings and crawdad grits, Rickybobby shut its doors over the weekend, a closure that was in the works for awhile. Hoodline reported that Saturday was indeed Judgment Day for the hero of Talladega.

Alexander Steakhouse Heading to Union Square
A "multistory food and drink complex," according to Hoodline's Geri Koeppel, is set to open in mid-2016 near Union Square, and it's a project by the multi-location Alexander Steakhouse. There will be "a bakery, a bistro restaurant, a bar and a fine dining restaurant."

Tabasco Opens a Museum to Counter Sriracha's Rise
The craze for hot sauce produces winners and losers. According to Food & WineTabasco, the pride and joy of Avery Island, Louisiana, is set to open a museum partly in response to its fading popularity. You think the cafe will serve gator?

Rene Redzepi's Restaurant in Sydney Sounds Amazing and Also Like a Parody of Foodie Culture
California Sunday Magazine has the lowdown on what Rene Redzepi is up to down under. Short version: It's bonkers, involving "pinecones the size of babies," and "numbul (magpie goose), an ancient-looking black-and-white bird with a bald head and talons, which had become such a pest to mango and melon farmers in the Northern Territory that the government had declared open season," plus "they also needed 2,000 kilos of black currant leaves and branches ($7 per kilo) right away, before the plants grew too woody."

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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