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Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Nine: Order from The Halal Guys, Via Caviar

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Plus Reverb Closes, Gestalt Haus Re-Opens, and Cookie Monster will win your heart almost as much as a bizarre Twitter epic about a McDonald's milkshake.

Halal and Caviar
"53rd and 3rd" is a solid Ramones song, but savvy Manhattanites who want really good Middle Eastern food know it's on 53rd and Sixth. The Halal Guys, that ultimate lunchtime nosh, arrives in San Francisco by partnering with Caviar as of today, so you can order gyro platters, falafel platters, and baklava right now. Better still, the company plans to open as many as 30 locations around the Bay Area.

Nomica Aiming for a June Opening
Hoodline checks in on Nomica, the non-sushi modern Japanese restaurant going into the Castro space at 2223 Market recently vacated by Pesce (and the home of Jake's on Market and 2223 before that). It's a stepchild of Saualito's well-regarded Sushi Ran, and the chef will be Heather Zheng, who comes via Vegas and a stint at Melbourne's Nobu.

Reverb Shuts Down Suddenly
In another location whose address consists of twos and threes that's seen more than a few places move in and out in rapid succession, Reverb (2323 Polk) closed as of Saturday morning, not long after rebranding from Verbena. Co-owner Eric Fenster announced that the team would be renewing its focus on its other restaurant, Gather (2200 Oxford, Berkeley) now that it's wooed Charis Wahl back from The Advocate.

Gestalt Haus Reopens After Three-Week Sabbatical
According to Mission Mission, Gestalt Haus (3159 16th St.) had some problems with a leaky roof, but let's not forget that the last time the bar closed it was because the State ABC busted an employee for selling cannabis, and suspended Gestalt's liquor license for four weeks in January 2015. Welcome back, pinball fans.

Coin-Op Game Room
Some names leave no room for ambiguity. Into the former Drake space hard by I-80 at 504 Fourth Street cometh a new nostalgia bar-cade called Coin-Op Game Room, where according to Hoodline  you'll be able to play Mortal Kombat for as little as $.25-$.50, and eat good food (maybe burgers and dogs, maybe pizza). Finish him. Sub-Zero wins. Fatality.

Dog Haus Opens Friday with Free Hot Dogs
Are you in or around Fremont? Do you like free stuff? Well stop by the Bay Area's first Dog Haus (43456 Boscell Rd.) on Friday, April 15 for a free Haus Dog (skinless beef, with veggie on request).

L'a Poke Now Open on Church
Via Hoodline, the former Chili Pies space is now a sushi-burrito joint called L'a Poke (314 Church) where you can buy pre-existing things with various portmanteaux like "Volcanorrito" or build your own.

Outtakes from Cookie Monster's iPhone 6S Ad
Patience is a virtue, Cookie Monster

A Twitter Epic About a McDonald's Milkshake
Going viral today is this bizarre McDonald's drive-through encounter that one Josh Raby tweeted over 45 minutes last evening. It involves the words, "MY WIFE! SHE WAS WATCHING ME FROM BEHIND THE BOXES!" For context, read on.

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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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