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Friday, June 17, 2016

UPDATED: Friday Eight: Donut Farm Celebrates 10 Years, Dunkin' Donuts Debuts

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM

click to enlarge Watching Chef Jackson Yu of Omakase slice a cucumber so that it expands like a veritable cucurbit lei is a mesmerizing sight. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Watching Chef Jackson Yu of Omakase slice a cucumber so that it expands like a veritable cucurbit lei is a mesmerizing sight.
Plus The Riptide gets some pushback from noise-averse neighbors, a Japanese tapas place is set to open in the Mission, and the NYT has recommendations for eating your way through SoCal theme parks this summer.

Not So Fast, The Riptide
Remember how 1,000 people showed their support for The Riptide reopening with live music in spite of technically lacking the permit to do so? Well, this 108-page Planning Department document (warning: pdf) summarizing the situation contains copies of at least a half dozen letters from neighbors urging the city not to issue the conditional use permit (although some are more temperate and flexible in their demands).

Upscale Fast Food Starbird Opens June 20 in Sunnyvale
The recent debut of Loco'l notwithstanding, Starbird (1241 West El Camino Real, Sunnyvale) calls itself the "nation's first super premium fast food restaurant," and it's opening Monday with a menu full of tasty-sounding chicken dishes, from chicken and waffle sticks to banh mi to a Seoul mate wrap (crispy chicken, tangy slaw, kimchi, sesame seeds, sweet-and-spicy Seoul sauce). Next time you pass a Burger King sign advertising 10 extruded nuggety thingies for the alarming price of $1.49, think about what fast food can be.

Bon, Nene to Open in L'Aviateur Space
The name is French-and-Japanese for "good little girls," and according to Eater, Bon, Nene (2850 21st St.) will be a 35-seat Japanese tapas restaurant of sorts, opening sometime in July with a menu of gyoza, bao, and steamed buns.

Donut Farm (aka Pepples Donut Farm) Turns 10 on Tuesday, June 21
Punk rocker Josh Levine's Donut Farm — with locations in Oakland, Berkeley, the Ferry Building, and in Silver Lake, L.A. — celebrates 10 years of organic, vegan doughnuts next Tuesday, June 21 with a limited-edition Decade Box containing 10 donuts for only $20.06. Available only in Oakland (and Silver Lake), it's got fan favorite Meyer Lemon in there, so don't worry.

Also, Dunkin' Donuts Opens in Walnut Creek Wednesday
Yes, chains are polarizing, and organic, local donuts are undeniably superior ... but then again, Dunkin' Donuts! After an absence of quite some time, the company returns to Northern California Wednesday, June 22 at 5 a.m. at 1250 Newell Ave. in Walnut Creek.

Pizza Party! Tony Gemignani and S.F. Giants Joe Panik and Brandon Belt
If you like pizza and the Giants, head to Slice House (680 Second St.) on Monday, June 27 from 1-2 p.m. for some Panik Parm Pie and Belt's Monster Meat Pizza, because the second and first basemen will be in the kitchen helping out. The pizza's free, but it's a fundraiser for George Mark's Children's House, and you have to RSVP.

Note: this event is closed to the general public.

Cat's Head BBQ Will Be on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

So says Eater. DVR it or be home in front of the couch at 7 p.m.

Where to Eat at Knott's Berry Farm (and Dollywood!)

The one time I went to Dollywood, I ate terrible pie served by women who looked suspiciously like sister-wives, but that was a long time ago. The New York Times has the lowdown on where to eat if you find yourself in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., or at a couple Southern California theme parks. Of note at Knott's is the barbecue, with one possible caveat: "Despite the disgruntled employee manning the grill who was cursing sotto voce while cooking the ribs, turkey, corn and garlic toast that I ordered, the food was decent."

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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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