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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Eight: Saveur Cites AL's Place and Petit Crenn Among Its Top New Restaurants

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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Plus Union Square gets a Filipino favorite, the Haight gets a Ritual, and Hoodline remembers the world's first internet cafe.

Saveur Names AL's Place and Petit Crenn Among Its Best New Restaurants
"Grits rarely transcend the bonds of breakfast, but at Al's Place, they're the culinary equivalent of the little black dress." Or so says a certain food mag in its Saveur 100. Of Petit Crenn, the editors note, "Guided by her mother and grandmother's dishes, Crenn adds a chef's touch to most things, including the omelet. To make it, the eggs are whisked with a splash of fish stock, which enhances their umami depth." I want eggs now and so do you.

Tselogs Opens in Union Square
The Daly City Filipino Tselogs favorite has opened its second location near Union Square, according to Hoodline. Get your spamsilog and palabok at 552 Jones.

Starboard Opens Just to the Right of Slate Bar
16th Street is a nightlife destination but apart from pizza and Mexican, there's not a lot of late-night eating. Now, there is! According to Eater, the team behind Slate has opened Starboard, a "hofbrau-style" eatery that serves booze until 1 a.m. but whose kitchen stays open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, with things like jerked blackened fish, scallion hush puppies, and "Chowder? I Hardly Knew Her."
Starboard, 2919 16th St., 415-465-5830 or

Hoodline Remembers America's First Internet Cafe
Did you ever go to The Horseshoe to check on your Angelfire web ring or maybe volunteer for Matt Gonzalez's mayoral campaign? Hoodline's Nuala Sawyer digs deep into the semi-forgotten history of a Haight Street internet cafe that burned down in 2005. Ah, for the days when people pined to send and receive faxes from the beach!

Ritual Coffee Coming to Haight and Central

America's Most Prominent No-Tipping Restaurateur Speaks

Danny Meyer of Shake Shack (and a bunch of other places) tells The New York Times that tipping it "socialist," "unprofessional," and "icky." He's proud of his new, Uber-like alternative, too. (But he also inveighs against weird service-speak, a la "Is everything to your liking?")

Chipotle Is In Worse Trouble
It's getting way existential over at Chipotle, where according to the Business Times, the stock price is tumbling and the investigation into the E. coli scare has become national in scope. And according to Bloomberg, the chain sold 10.3 million fewer burritos. Remember when warning us of an impending guacamolocalypse was the scariest thing emanating from over there?

Campaign Spending on Pizza
Taking data-driven political chatter to delicious new heights, Gawker has analyzed how much the various presidential campaigns have spent on pizza. At $9,046, Hillary Clinton has blown more than twice her nearest rival, Ben Carson. Donald Trump, who's actually starred in Pizza Hut commercials, is way down there, but Carly Fiorina ranked dead last with a total of $0.00. Curiously, only Ben Carson and Chris Christie spent any campaign cash at Godfather's, which one-time 2012 Republican front-runner Herman Cain used to be the CEO of.

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