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Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday Eight: Yelp Ranks Cheese Board Pizza No. 2 in America

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge A Doggie Diner-esque float at Nevada City Mardi Gras. February 14, 2016. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • A Doggie Diner-esque float at Nevada City Mardi Gras. February 14, 2016.

Plus a profile of Radio Africa's Eskender Aseged, and a creepy-awesome cake maze in L.A.

The No. 1 Spot to Eat in America Is in Burbank
Porto's Bakery, according to Yelp, is where people just love eating the most. But the Bay Area didn't do so badly, with Berkeley's Cheese Board Pizza ranking no. 2, followed by Gary Danko (no. 6), perennial Yelper favorite Ike's Place (no. 24), Lou's Cafe (no. 53), The French Laundry (no. 57), Wally's Cafe in Emeryville (no. 77), The Codmother Fish and Chips (no. 83), St. Helena's Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch (no. 85) South S.F.'s Little Lucca Sandwich Shop & Deli (no. 87), Roxie Food Center (no. 95), and DishDash in Sunnyvale (no. 100). If it feels a little random — The Codmother? Mmm-kay — Yelp at least explains the methodology at the bottom of the list. In essence, you can't just be favorably reviewed; you also have to be insanely widely reviewed.

A Great Profile of Radio Africa's Eskender Aseged
Hoodline gave the Bayview pop-up champ the full-length treatment, and if you didn't respect Eskender Aseged already, you will after reading this. Trigger warning: Guy Fieri will be devoting some time on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to Radio Africa.

Tony Robbins Averts Nun Eviction
'Member those nuns whose rent got jacked up even though they dedicate their lives to feeding the poor? The crisis seems to have passed now that six-foot, seven-inch motivational speaker Tony Robbins cut two $25,000 checks. Via SFGate, crowdfunding efforts netted at least another $10,000 as well. It's bought them a year, so hopefully the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth's Soup Kitchen at 54 Turk can find a permanent solution.

Pho Delicious Will Replace The Loving Hut on Stockton That Closed
That's it, really. (Via Hoodline)

The Wharf to Get a Quasi-Korean Restaurant
Great news for anyone who's tired of overpriced cioppino: A more-or-less Korean restaurant will open this spring at 505 Beach St. Called Surisan, it's a project with a solid background, as the ownership also manages Kitchen Story, Sweet Maple, and Blackwood American-Thai Fusion, among other places. Hoodline says to look for it in late spring.

Is Cultured Meat Ready for Its Close-up?
This essay in Salon seems to think the time is right for lab-grown "meat."

If You're In L.A. Between Now and March 13, You Really Need to Check This Out
There is a cake maze inspired by Cirque du Soleil's first adult-only show. Via Gizmodo, it looks spectacularly funhouse-mirror-y. If you go, take pics and email me. And make sure to drive to Burbank for Porto's Bakery.


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Peter Lawrence Kane

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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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