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Friday, August 14, 2015

Perilla: Good News for Fans of Vietnamese in Lower Haight

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Garlic noodles with five-spice chicken. - ERIC S. BURKETT
  • Eric S. Burkett
  • Garlic noodles with five-spice chicken.

The latest addition to the ever-shifting restaurant scene in the Lower Haight is Perilla, the small San Francisco chain of Vietnamese noodle joints. With two other locations on Irving and Mission streets, Perilla brings its signature garlic noodles to the former site of Tandoor on Haight (née Naan & Chutney before the name change a few years later). Prior to that, and roughly a million years ago, 525 Haight was an outpost for another local chain, Hahn's Hibachi.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TONIGHT: A Mexican Pop-Up at Wing Wings, with Richie Nakano

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

THE BOLD ITALIC
  • The Bold Italic

Wing Wings is known for hosting Tuesday night pop-ups with terrific stuff, such as Richie Nakano’s original Hapa Ramen and all the fried Irish things at Gillian Fitzgerald’s Fish & Chips. In that vein, tonight only, Nakano will return to the Lower Haight wingatorium for a Mexican evening of chimichangas, sangria, and a 6.33 layer dip.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Stone Bowl: Korean Home Cooking on Haight

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Army stew or, as its known in Korean, Budae Jjigae. - ERIC S. BURKETT
  • Eric S. Burkett
  • Army stew or, as its known in Korean, Budae Jjigae.

When a Korean restaurant is named Stone Bowl (note: no website), it's pretty clear what the menu's focus is going to be. As I made my way to the new Lower Haight eatery, I had every intention of ordering the bibimbap, that wonderful Korean melange of meat and vegetables piled onto a mound of rice,and sizzling away in a very, very hot stone pot beneath an egg, sunny side up, just waiting to be mashed into the rest of the ingredients.

Honestly.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Emanuel’s Coffee Might Be the Best Possible Successor to Cuco’s in the Lower Haight

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:22 AM

A huge bowl of cochinita perbil. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • A huge bowl of cochinita perbil.

When the family-owned Cuco’s Burritos closed after interminable squabbles with the landlord, I assumed its replacement would be something hideously slick and corporate. What a relief to be proven dead wrong, smug, know-it-all cynic that I am. I’m still going to miss that plantain burrito for a long while, but Salvadoran Emanuel Coffee is exactly the kind of business that’s becoming a rarity in a neighborhood like the Lower Haight.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails Return to The Alembic Today

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Some Like It Hot with its paired Thin Mints. - MAGGIE ENGBRETSON
  • Maggie Engbretson
  • Some Like It Hot with its paired Thin Mints.

No, they're not made from real Girl Scouts, not even Girl Scout Cookies, but today Upper Haight cocktail mecca The Alembic brings back its Girl Scout Cookie cocktails. The four drinks — not flavored with the cookies as much as meant to be paired with them — were such a hit last year that Alembic head bartender Larry Piaskowy made a whole new set for 2015.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Today's Your Last Chance to Eat a Plantain Burrito from Cuco's

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Things have been precarious at the Lower Haight burrito emporium for more than a year, but this time it's serious: Cuco's will close forever after tonight. Which means that you have until 9 p.m. to get over to Haight and Fillmore and eat one of the best burritos in the city.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Drink of the Week: Getting Swept Away at Padrecito

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Pasa Tiempo cocktail - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Pasa Tiempo cocktail
There were close to a dozen glasses in front of me, nearly the entire cocktail menu at the newly opened Padrecito in Cole Valley, all sitting in various states of consumption. The wave of drinks crested with the newest cocktails up front, the older and emptier ones ebbing towards the back, while the sea of liquor pushed and pulled like the tide. But two had beached themselves close to me, and despite my better judgment, I was close to finishing them.

I notice my personal telltale sign that the tipsy riptide was pulling me out to sea as I "lose" my phone in one of my own pockets (you fiend!). I fight the current's pull with an order of the Chicharrones with Fava Bean Sikil Pak dip ($9), but those two cocktails were so gorgeously bright and sparkly with citrus, that I couldn't help wading back in for "re-tasting" dip.

See Also: Mamacita's "La Hora Feliz" Has Cheap Margaritas, Duck Confit Tacos

Drink of the Week: Thirsty Like the Wolf at Azucar Lounge

Drink of the Week: Breaking Promises at Hakkasan

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beer of the Week: Magnolia Brewery Quadlibet for Tenderfeet

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Magnolia gears up for Strong Beer Month. - MAGNOLIA BREWERY

The bad news is that SF Beer Week has come and gone. The good news? You're probably a lot less hungover. Wait, we still have another week of Strong Beer Month? Okay, scratch all that about fewer hangovers. The good news is that there's still gobs of delicious beer to consume throughout the city.

See also: Meet Armstrong Brewing Co.

Braving the Madness for a Taste of the Elusive Pliny the Younger

Strong Beer Month -- Your Beer Week Training Regimen

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Drink of the Week: Getting Poached Like a Pear at Blackbird

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

Neutral territory is not something you find very often in bars. But what if the bar sits in an intersection where the Castro, Mission, and Lower Haight all meet? Far enough away to be in none of them officially, but near enough to be in all of them is Blackbird, a bar that attracts some of the most diverse crowds in San Francisco. Belly up to the bar, and in the course of a few rounds you will meet people from all of those neighborhoods and beyond.

See also:Drink of the Week: The Rastafari at Lark Creek Steak

Drink of the Week: Drink Like a Big Shot at Capo's

Local Pears Keep Flavors Sweet Through the Holidays

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Drink of the Week: Best Warm Weather Cocktails

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

As if we needed a more dramatic celestial gesture to signal the start of Indian Summer in San Francisco, Wednesday's dramatic sky -- complete with double rainbow, no less -- was almost as grand an entrance as a skydiving queen of England.

With a full 52 entries (yes, a full year) into my tenure with the Drink of the Week column, here's a peek at some of my favorite warm weather coolers to enjoy the sun.

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