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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Can We Talk About Caffe Trinity's Interior For a Second?

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 5:03 PM

This is the interior of a cafe. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • This is the interior of a cafe.
There is a new café in Mid-Market. (Q: Will we ever have enough? A: No, apparently not.) Caffe Trinity, on the ground floor of the Trinity Center, is now open and OMG, the interior! It gives me feels.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Aquaponics: The Brighter, Greener Food System at The Perennial

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Red-veined lemon sorrel from Viridis, an aquaponic farm in Watsonville. Green in more ways than one. - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • Red-veined lemon sorrel from Viridis, an aquaponic farm in Watsonville. Green in more ways than one.

When it opens in mid-Market in early 2015, The Perennial will be a restaurant whose mission is to serve delicious food while being as sustainable and green as possible. It sounds San Francisco enough, but in a world of increasing CO2 gas emissions and in a state in the state of drought, it’s more important than ever that everyone does their part to lower their environmental impact.

The team at The Perennial's helm is husband-and-wife restaurateurs and authors Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, founders of Mission Chinese Food. The duo is raising the bar for restaurant environmentalism by building an aquaponic greenhouse in Oakland where food scraps from the kitchen will be turned into fresh, organic ingredients for the restaurant. Learn more details about this closed-loop process in their Kickstarter video, which is raising money for their ambitious goal.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Hall, Featuring The Whole Beast and Little Green Cyclo, Now Open on Market

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:58 PM

  • Anna Roth

Mid-Market's newest fancy food court, called The Hall, is now open at Market and Sixth Street. The market, in the old Hollywood Billiards building, is like other local food halls Second Act Marketplace and 331 Cortland in that it features a lot of vendors in one place. Unlike those locations, it's set to leave after a two-year lease, making it a kind of extended pop-up.

The Hall features food from beloved meat purveyor The Whole Beast; the first brick-and-mortar from Vietnamese food truck Little Green Cyclo; Raj + Singh Indian fare; coffee and tea from Dignita; and Moroccan-Peruvian fusion from Cassia, a permanent spot from the Fuki food truck. A lot of the menus are available on the website.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Whole Beast, Little Green Cyclo, and More Coming to Market's Newest Food Hall

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The Whole Beast lamb poutine at Outside Lands 2012. - ANNA ROTH
  • Anna Roth
  • The Whole Beast lamb poutine at Outside Lands 2012.

Those of us who were super-bummed that we didn't get our Whole Beast lamb poutine fix at Outside Lands this year may be in luck: The whole animal vendor is coming to a newly announced food hall in mid-Market.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Get a Jewish Food Fix in an Unlikely Place: Daniel Patterson's Alta CA

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Chef Yoni Levy's excellent bialys at Alta CA. - ALANNA HALE
  • Alanna Hale
  • Chef Yoni Levy's excellent bialys at Alta CA.

Let's face it, when a hankering for Jewish deli food hits, our options in this town are pretty limited. One need not have seen San Francisco magazine's recent story "Is the city a Jewish food desert?" to know that we're not exactly swimming in options.

We do have our darling of a deli, Wise Sons, and now, newcomer Shorty Goldstein's*. The East Bay has its old stand-by, Saul's Deli. The North Bay has Miller's East Coast Deli. You get the picture.

While Daniel Patterson's restaurants are not the first place you'd think of to get your deli fix, Patterson clearly gives his executive chefs free reign over their menus, as a few items at Alta CA will satisfy your cravings. With executive chef Yoni Levy at the helm, a nod to his Jewish roots is apparent by the appearance of whitefish salad, pastrami, and house-baked bialys on the menu.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Market Street's Getting Another Ferry Building-Style Food Hall

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

We're okay with the world becoming more like the Ferry Building.
  • We're okay with the world becoming more like the Ferry Building.

Food halls: So hot right now. Instead of anchoring a new building with one or two businesses, more and more developers are putting Ferry Building-style food halls on the ground floor featuring several small, local vendors. The latest comes in the base of fancy new condos being developed at 2175 Market (at 15th), and just had the Planning Commission sign off on its proposal for about 4,000 square feet of mixed food retail.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dirty Water, a Terribly Named New Bar, Is Coming to the Twitter Building

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

What comes up when you type "dirty water" into an image search. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Well, we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel for bar names if it's come to this. A new bar called Dirty Water is coming to the Twitter building from former Press Club GM Kristian Cosentino, according to Eater SF. The bar's name and concept -- 50+ beer taps, 100+ wines by the glass, rare spirits -- hasn't changed since it was announced last September, but the prime real estate offered in this deal makes it a higher profile opening. And thus, the busy bees at the Twitter hive will have to drink in a place whose name has shades of Zoolander's homelessness-inspired fashion line, Derelicte.

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