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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Six: Sababa Opens Downtown

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Plus Uptown Oakland gets a new and scientists found evidence that beer was made in China 5,000 years ago.

Agave Uptown Opens in Uptown Oakland June 13
Octavio Diaz's Oaxacan restaurant Agave Uptown will open at 2135 Franklin in Oakland's Kapor Center for Social Impact with a mole containing 20 secret ingredients sourced from Mexico, along with cecina (dried pork strips marinated in adobo) and tlayuda (crispy corn tortillas with black beams cabbage, queso Oaxaca, and avocado). And oh yeah, you know there's going to be small-batch mezcal.

Israeli Fast-Casual Sababa Opens Downtown
Former AQ cook Guy Eshel leads the kitchen at the latest Matt Semmelhack restaurant, Sababa (329 Kearny), which opens mere weeks after his last, Fénix. According to Inside Scoop, the pitas are baked in-house at 650 degrees, and the menu is full of fresh Mediterranean delights like sabik (eggplant with a 300-minute egg), quinoa tabouli and Moroccan carrot salads, and kofta with ground beef kebab braised in tahini.

Tony Gemignani Opens Yet Another Pizzeria, This Time in Walnut Creek
We're losing track of them all, but damn this guy knows how to stay in the news. Inside Scoop talks to the pizzaiolo about his newest Slice House, at 1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Walnut Creek near The Rooftop and Telèferic Barcelona, and about his winning pie from the World Pizza Championship.

G.Q.'s 12 Best New Restaurants of 2016 includes Two S.F. Power Players
Congrats to The Perennial and to Petit Crenn! Eater-in-chief Brett Martin praises the former's " poached fennel and slices of pork jowl [that] came draped in a chain mail of razor-thin discs of kohlrabi, delicate as the skin of a summer roll," and the latter's "French soul-food meat-and-three."

Bill Clinton Popped into a Chinatown Bakery

He was en route to a fundraiser in Fremont, but the Chronicle reports that the ex-president and inveterate glad-hander just stopped at Washington Restaurant and Bakery in Chinatown.

Evidence of Beer-Making From 3000 B.C.E. Found in China

According to the New York Times, "A group of researchers in China and the United States have analyzed pottery vessels discovered at a site in Shaanxi Province and determined that they are the first direct evidence of a beer-brewing operation. And the ingredients they discovered are as eclectic as any trendy brewpub’s: broomcorn millet, tubers and a grain known as Job’s tears."

Divorced Men Eat Like Crap, Survey Says
Well, duh, Wall Street Journal. They can't cook for themselves so they work themselves into a total shame spiral, eating pizza over the sink.

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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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