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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Satisfy Your Fish-and-Chips Craving at Batter by the Bay

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

  • Anna Roth
There was one winter where fish and chips saved my life. Or at least it felt that way at the time. I was living in Edinburgh, and I'm not sure I could have endured some of those long, cold walks home in the dark afternoons, with the wind off the North Sea whistling through the narrow stone alleys, without a stop at the chippie's for some battered haddock and chips.

That was more than a decade ago but I can still vividly remember way that steam would rise from the fish as I tore into it, letting it warm me from the inside as I walked down those gloomy streets. Though context obviously matters are great deal with these types of food memories, I've spent my adult life trying to find a place that served fish and chips as satisfying as the kind you could get at any old chip shop in the U.K. And I finally found it a few months back at Gillian Fitzgerald's first fish-and-chips pop-up, Batter by the Bay.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Burger Battle Going Down in Mission Oct. 21-22

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

An earlier iteration of the rare, salty Kronnerburger. - ANNA LATINO
  • Anna Latino
  • An earlier iteration of the rare, salty Kronnerburger.

Heads up, burger fans: You're about to get a twofer. On Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22, burgermaster Chris Kronner will be popping up in the ABV kitchen. He'll be working alongside ABV chef Kevin Cimino, who makes a mean pimento cheese burger in his own right, so hungry patrons like you and me will be able to judge for ourselves which burger reigns supreme in the bar that night.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tickets for Lazy Bear's Brick and Mortar Now Available

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The brick and mortar outpost of Lazy Bear, the Mission's super-popular supper club, are currently on sale. The restaurant is using the same ticketing system as Chicago's Next and Alinea and Daniel Patterson's Coi.

Tickets to the 11+ course prix fixe menu are $120 per person, with an optional $50 add-on for drink pairings. They're not refundable, but they are transferable — just like a ticket to a theater show or a baseball game.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Paniolo Social Brings the Crowds to Bloodhound

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Tuna poke at Paniolo Social. - FACEBOOK/LILHOLIHO YACHT CLUB

Word's gotten out about Paniolo Social. Bloodhound was packed with wall-to-wall people last night thanks to Ravi Kapur's new Thursday pop-up. The chef has been serving his signature Hawaiian fusiony food at the SOMA bar as he readies his brick-and-mortar, Liholiho Yacht Club, which he's opening with Nopa's Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak this fall. At Paniolo Social he's keeping things simple — five menu items, a few drink specials at the bar. Judging by the hordes there last night, he doesn't need to complicate them.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month at a Pop-Up Old Fashioned Bar This Friday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The Demerara Old Fashioned at SlingBAR. - THE DAPPER DINER
  • The Dapper Diner
  • The Demerara Old Fashioned at SlingBAR.

“Why are you putting black olives in my Old Fashioned?,” the young man wearing a shirt with a popped collar asked. The bartender paused and quizzically looked up at his customer. The live jazz band wailed away on the stage of the lounge area in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans. The young man asked his question again, thinking the bartender’s hesitation was due to him not hearing the original question, rather than it being out of confusion. The bartender replied, “These aren’t olives. They’re Luxardo cherries.” At least he was trying and wasn’t out on Bourbon Street drinking an awful drink out of a plastic hand grenade, I thought to myself upon overhearing the interaction.

And now that September has rolled around, you are obligated to enjoy more Old Fashioneds with “black olives.” Why? Because September is Bourbon Heritage Month, which means you have a bonafide excuse to drink bourbon every day this month, as opposed to those other months where you shamefully drink bourbon every day.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dispatches from the Hog & Rocks' Thursday Night Korean Pop-Up

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Bibimbap (namul -- or seasoned Korean vegetables, smoked egg, and beef) - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Bibimbap (namul -- or seasoned Korean vegetables, smoked egg, and beef)
For the past three Thursdays, Hog & Rocks, the ever-popular ham-and-oysters hotspot, has been even more phenomenal than it already is, offering a Korean pop-up from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Chef Robin Song is scratching San Francisco’s perpetual itch with a menu of late-night snacks, the kind that on paper look like they’re meant to ward off a hangover, but are certainly meant for people whose palates haven’t been compromised by a night of drinking.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pop-Up Planner: Brandy, Brunch, Late Night Korean, Aug. 19 - Aug. 24

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Share some brandies with friends a bites from Bar Agricole. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Share some brandies with friends a bites from Bar Agricole.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 8-10 p.m.
Where: Bar Agricole, 355 11th St., 355-9400.
Cost: $75
The rundown: K&L is teaming up with Bar Agricole to bring the first annual Brandyfest. The ticket includes access to unlimited brandy tastings, cocktails, and bites for either of the two sessions. More than 15 brandies will be showcased by K&L.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pop-Up Planner: Fried Chicken Galore, Sustainable French, Secret Indian, Aug. 12-18

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 8:14 AM

You won't have to pay any bridge tolls for fried chicken from Oakland-based Hopscotch this weekend. - FACEBOOK/HOPSCOTCH
  • Facebook/Hopscotch
  • You won't have to pay any bridge tolls for fried chicken from Oakland-based Hopscotch this weekend.

La Cocina Friday Night Friend Chicken Family Meal

When: Friday, Aug. 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: SOMA StrEat Food Park, 428, 11th St.
Cost: $50-$125
The rundown: Before Saturday's Street Food Festival, pre-game with loads of different versions of fried chicken partnered with an open bar (depending on the ticket you buy) provided by Calicraft Brewing Co., Campari, and Rye on the Road.

From karaage to vegan fried chicken, the lineup includes Seattle's Skillet Street Food, Austin's The Peached Tortilla, Alabama's Jim n' Nick's, Sao Paolo's Feirinha Gastronomica, and Bay Area favorites like Traci Des JardinsHopscotch, To Hyang, The Whole Breast, Abura-Ya, Starbelly, and soon-to-open Citizen Fox. Three Twins Ice Cream will be providing dessert. All proceeds go toward La Cocina.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pop-Up Planner: Casual Hawaiian and Soul Food, Aug. 6 - 13

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Paniolo Social
 Every Thursday in August, 4 p.m. until supplies run-out
Where: Bloodhound, 1145 Folsom, 863-2840
Cost: A la carte
The rundown: LihoLiho Yacht Club's Ravi Kapur prepares more casual Hawaiian dining here while the permanent LihoLiho is set up. Spicy noodles, poke bowls, yakitori, sashimi, and aloha dogs will be featured on the menu. The Instagram promises a good time with the words "Grind. Talk story. Get Jag." on a crest.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Get Your Caffeine and Sugar Fix at the Affogato Madness Pop-Ups This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

  • Edwin Cho
The Affogato, an Italian dessert beverage consisting of ice cream topped with a shot of an espresso, is high on my list of Italy’s top culinary contributions to the world. It’s also on my list of things to eat this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday three local artisans, Marlo’s Bakeshop, Nomadic Ground, and Bootleg Creamery, will be popping up together in Oakland and San Francisco with a menu of ice cream and biscotti affogato combos called Affogato Madness.

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