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Monday, May 16, 2016

Tony Gemignani’s Slice House Hits The Market

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM

The Grandma - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • The Grandma
As with insane rents and the specter of venture capital getting into the coffee game, when the topic of pizza-by-the-slice comes up, the inevitable comparison is to New York. But while San Francisco has made admirable gains over the last few years with its pizza options, the fact that we have far fewer corner pizza joints might be what’s prevented a race to the bottom in prices. (The cost of New York’s slices is notorious for running neck-and-neck with the base subway fare, currently $2.75.) In other words: pizza here costs a lot more.

That’s the first thing I thought of when I encountered the $6 slices at Tony Gemignani’s new Slice House outpost inside The Market, the high-end grocery and food hall on the ground floor of Market Square. The second thing I thought of, of course, was holy damn, this is good pizza, worth every cent. The Sweet Grandma (like a Sicilian-style slice, but full of enough air pockets to keep it pillowy) comes with sliced Aiello cheese, a sweet sauce that’s added after the baking, sliced fresh mozzarella, sea salt, basil, oregano, Romano cheese, and a garlic sauce. I’d love to know the exact contents of that sweet sauce, which are pretty hard to tease out in the company of so many other strong flavors, but its honeyed presence remains the top note, and the fat blobs of mozz bleed together nicely.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Cadence, From a Maven Owner, Soft-Opens Tonight on Mid-Market

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 4:16 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

When Eater asked a bunch of Bay Area food writers their thoughts on the best dining neighborhoods of 2015, several people said Mid-Market. (I think that a string of high-profile openings in the Marina changed it profoundly, but in all honesty, it’s not quite the same thing as the zero-to-sixty shift in a tiny cluster of Mid-Market.)

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Save Money. Eat Chips!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Cadillac's complimentary chips and salsa - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Cadillac's complimentary chips and salsa

Among the lies many of us tell ourselves at the start of a new year is that we will spend less money, or that we will at least spend our money more wisely. That could mean eating in instead of going out. It could mean opting for an iced tea instead of a craft cocktail. It could also mean capitalizing on complimentary nibbles and stretching your dollar without foregoing the invitation to imbibe. Case in point: Cadillac Bar & Grill's chips and salsa.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Latest From the Hall: Kit Fox and El Pípila

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Kit Fox's reuben - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Kit Fox's reuben

One of the openings that everyone who puts food into their bodies one-to-four times daily is looking forward to in 2016 is Citizen Fox in the Mission. Right now, the "plant-based" restaurant is doing a regular Wednesday-through-Saturday-nights-plus-Sunday-brunch pop-up a few blocks own from its future location, but for the time being, there is also its li'l cousin at the Hall on Market Street, Kit Fox.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bon Marché's Grand Opening This Friday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM

BON MARCHÉ BRASSERIE & BAR
  • Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar

Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
, the latest from the Mercer Restaurant Group (MRG), who brought us AQ, TBD, and Mélange Market in the past, is finally set to open this Friday, August 28, in the Twitter building (technically, Market Square). It's not only one of the most highly anticipated openings of the season, but at 7,500 square feet, this will also be the largest location from the group, which includes restaurateur Matt Semmelhack and executive chef and owner Mark Liberman.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Strand Theater Has a Shockingly Affordable Lunch

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

After several months of marble staircase demolitions, vintage neon sign restorations, and fireproofing exposed I-beams and then getting stagehands to paint a veneer over them so that they look raw, A.C.T.’s Strand Theater is open for business. While the award-winning theater company put some serious elbow grease into restoring the derelict theater as a 283-seat performance venue, the idea was to keep it open to the public during the day as a key element of Mid-Market’s transformation.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ban Ki-Moonlight: The Friday Night Market Returns to UN Plaza

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM

FACEBOOK/UN PLAZA
  • Facebook/UN Plaza

UN Plaza is many things. It’s a great place to buy eggs and pluots on Sundays and Wednesdays, it’s the site of the Faerie Village that keeps people sane during and after Pride, it’s the only place in San Francisco where the word “Djibouti” is carved into stone, and it also functions as an occasional urinal. And tomorrow night, it will be a bizarre bazaar as Friday Night Market returns.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bon Marché and All Its Beer to Hit the Twitter Building in August

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM


BETTY WANG
  • Betty Wang

A new French brasserie is slated to open sometime in August 2015 in Market Square, otherwise known as the Twitter building. Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar, from restaurateur Matt Semmelhack and executive chef and owner Mark Liberman, is the latest to emerge from the Mercer Restaurant Group (MRG), which also includes AQ, TBD, and Mélange Market.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Checkin' in on Mid-Market's Chai Bar

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Sometimes you want tea, and you want it without a room full of cats. While Hayes Valley’s KitTEa opened to great acclaim last month, Chai Bar by David Rio has been serving elephant vanilla chai and matcha lattes just off of Sixth and Market Streets for a little while longer. We’ve stopped in twice in the last week, and it’s a pleasant departure from the long run of coffee-centric cafes that have been sprouting up along Mid-Market in the last few months (and no shade thrown at any of them, either).

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Nuubia Could Be the Zenith of Artisanal Chocolate

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM

NUUBIA
  • Nuubia

Chocolate seems to be on a trajectory of ever-escalating quality. For instance, it was once considered socially acceptable to give Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews as Halloween candy without the risk of taking it to the jaw with a sock-ful of doorknobs. Later Godiva was regarded as the apex of Belgian culture and a discriminating palate. But now it’s just another litigious corporation with locations in every other mall, next to the T-Mobile kiosk, because now there is Nuubia SF.

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