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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lunch-Only Sababa Has 120 Permutations of Jewish-Middle Eastern Goodness

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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Only a few weeks after the debut of its truly great Mexican restaurant, Fénix, the Mercer Restaurant Group has opened a quieter, less ambitious, but no less delicious lunch spot in the Financial District: Sababa. While nominally a Middle Eastern restaurant, it might be more accurate to describe the various dishes as “pan-Jewish diaspora.” Although you won’t find bailies or celery soda, there are things like sabik (eggplant and a 300-minute egg) and an Israeli salad with chopped tomato, cucumber, and onion.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Six: Rockridge Improvement Club; Eatsa initiates breakfast menu; Shark fin ban upheld

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 7:00 AM

7-Eleven's delicious abomination - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • 7-Eleven's delicious abomination
Plus sharks celebrate multiple wins with a continued ban on their fins, while 7-Eleven debuts a shark-themed donut full of shock, awe, and jelly.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

"Create Your Taste" Proves That McDonald’s Is Learning

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

My burger (with receipt.) Look at those pretty pickles. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • My burger (with receipt.) Look at those pretty pickles.

It’s no longer possible for me to say that I don’t go to McDonald’s, since I’ve now been three times in less than a year: once to write about the McDonald’s on Sutter Street that you’re not supposed to think is a McDonald’s, and twice while going to and from Reno with a gaggle of drag queens on Easter. Make that four times, actually, because I biked to the Mickey D’s at 235 Front Street to check out the freshly renovated restaurant’s Create Your Taste system.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Homage Takes the Spirit of Locavorism to New Heights

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Chicken tartine - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Chicken tartine
In the ever-so-slightly subterranean space formerly occupied by Galette 88 comes another endeavor that elevates lunch from a meal eaten while hunched over your iPad to an act that can heal the world. Homage is an upscale spot with wall art that matches the matches the patterns in the floorboards and a penchant for sourcing ingredients from farms and turning them into unexpected dishes.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Alfred's Steakhouse Reopens on Feb.18 Under DPG's Ownership

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
Last year, I wrote about how Alfred’s Steakhouse, a long-time establishment in the restaurant scene, embodied the old school cool of San Francisco. It was the kind of place where you could go and run into the families you grew up with, because it had that fundamental community draw that native San Franciscans can’t resist. The food placed Alfred’s as the standalone winner for best steak in the city (in my opinion), because they never strayed from the concept of cooking good food well, no need for frills.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Treasury Is Where the Federal Reserve Could Convene Over Drinks

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 1:30 PM


The Shark Tank and the Standard Oil. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • The Shark Tank and the Standard Oil.


The first thing you need to know about The Treasury is that the team behind it has done a really good job with lighting. I recognize that this ranks fairly low on the list of reasons why people go to bars, but I'm experiencing chronic Edison-bulb fatigue syndrome and even to think about looking at another illuminated filament is positively enervating! So let me just insert a few clapping emoji with respect to the mood this place sets through its chandeliers, and crystal ball fixtures on beaded chains.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Delarosa's Broccolini Bruschetta Trumps Even the Best of Pizzas

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Beet and Shaved Ricotta Salad - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Beet and Shaved Ricotta Salad

I was never one of those children (or adults) who had a problem with vegetables. If I had though, I'm pretty sure I would have made allowances for Delarosa's broccolini bruschetta. My new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world, tender baby broccoli is sautéed in pungent garlic, and served over oozing crescenza on thick crunchy slices of toasted baguette. Though the restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, I could easily have made a meal out of this appetizer option when I visited Delarosa's new location on Yerba Buena Lane last month.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Details on Daniel Patterson's Purchase of Alfred's Steakhouse

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 7:00 AM

ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
Alfred’s Steakhouse, we hardly knew ye.

Alfred’s has been a known entity in the world of high-quality dining for almost 100 years, but it seems even the restaurants with the deepest roots aren’t immune from the changes that come with time.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Fond Farewell to The Palace Hotel's Buffet Brunch Service

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM

ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman

This weekend I bid goodbye to a San Francisco legacy. On Sunday I walked through the Palace Hotel’s glorious entrance, a handcrafted splendor made of gilded doors and marble floors. I made my way into the sunlit Garden Court, admiring the implausibly high glass ceilings that I recognized from the afternoon teas of my childhood, and more recently from The Game, a classic San Francisco movie that should be required watching material for any resident, new or old.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Fast-Casual, Quinoa-Based, Fully Automated Eatsa Opens Monday in the FiDi

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

I must confess that I had low expectations when I heard about eatsa, the quinoa-centric, fully automated, fast-casual place that opens this coming Monday (August 31) in the Financial District. It sounded like a trend-chaser that caters to awkward Software-Americans’ hatred of interpersonal communication, and I've gotten to be very cynical about effusive claims of goodness and wellness (ahem, Proper Food.)

I’m still a little iffy on the automate-everybody-out-of-a-job trend that looks to engulf us all sooner or later, but after one burrito bowl, I was pretty impressed with how seamless and (frankly) cool eatsa's setup was. (To be fair, there are actual humans involved; they’re just completely out of sight.) But considering that the FiDi is a taqueria-free land of limp salads and pricey, sit-down lunches, this was a shrewd way to change up fast food. And everything is only $6.95!

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