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Friday, January 9, 2015

Foie Gras Dishes Currently Being Served in the Bay Area

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM


Amazingly, it’s still illegal to produce in Spain, but foie gras is once again showing up on California restaurant plates outside of the secret demimonde of forbidden pleasures. If you're the sort of person who seeks such pleasures, you might be wondering just where you can get it, so here are the foie gras dishes currently being served, with seven highlights we expect to see again soon.

One thing to note: There may be protesters. PETA was out in full force at One Market yesterday, even though the restaurant has not yet begun offering a foie gras dish on its menu just yet.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chef Sean Baker Leaving Verbena, SF Weekly's Best New Restaurant of 2014

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Chef Sean Baker turned a simple carrot dish into something sublime. - CARMEN TROESSERA
  • Carmen Troessera
  • Chef Sean Baker turned a simple carrot dish into something sublime.

Verbena was one of the most delightful surprises of the 2014 dining scene, a place where chef-partner Sean Baker took improbable-sounding combinations of vegetables and made them most delicious. And now the chef has announced his departure from the Russian Hill restaurant and its sister, Gather in Berkeley. Per Inside Scoop, Baker will transition out of the restaurant over the next two months. His next move is TBA.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tartine May Be Expanding to London as Well as Tokyo

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Tartine: so hot right now. The legendary San Francisco bakery announced earlier this year its expansion plans to the Heath Ceramics building, and a few weeks ago Inside Scoop broke the news that the bakery was opening a Tokyo outpost.

Now owner/baker extraordinaire Chad Robertson tells GrubStreet that he's considering a London location, too. All that, plus the Bar Tartine cookbook comes next month, and Robertson is developing healthy whole-grain buns for Loco'l,  the Daniel Patterson/Roy Choi fast food concept.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Saison's Josh Skenes Is Opening a Fast Casual Noodle Restaurant

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Hot on the heels of the announcement that S.F.'s Daniel Patterson and L.A.'s Roy Choi are opening a healthy fast food chain, Loco'l, in 2015, now Saison's Josh Skenes has announced his plans to open a fast-casual noodle restaurant with L.A.'s Adam Fleischman, of Umami Burger and 800 Degrees fame.

Fat Noodle will move into the corner of Second and Mission, serving handmade noodles and other specialties of the the western and central Chinese provinces like Sichuan and Shaanxi.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi to Open Fast Food Restaurant in the Tenderloin

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

  • Chef Daniel Patterson.
Big news out of Copenhagen's food-focused MAD symposium today: California chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi announced plans to collaborate on a new fast food chain, Loco'l. It will be focused on bringing healthy, high-quality food to underserved areas in the community and its first location will be in the Tenderloin, according to Inside Scoop.

The idea is to compete with chains like Burger King and McDonald's, but serving good-tasting, healthy food. So, the menu will have burgers, called smashes, that have things like beef combined with a grain/tofu mixture on whole grain buns developed by Tartine's Chad Robertson. There will also be rice bowls and salads, all priced at $2-$6.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

New Law Finally Makes It Legal to Bring Dogs Into Restaurants

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 7:55 AM

It's an open secret that you can hang out with your dog in certain bars and restaurants in San Francisco, but technically even letting a dog onto a patio has been illegal this whole time. Not anymore! On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that overturned a previous ban on pets in restaurants. It will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

San Francisco's First Cat Cafe Signs Lease in Hayes Valley

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Cat lovers, rejoice: KitTea, San Francisco's cat cafe, has signed a lease in Hayes Valley. Those who want to enjoy a cup of tea while cuddling with 10-12 felines will soon be able to do so at the corner of Gough and Page.

Owner Courtney Hatt has signed a five-year lease at the property, according to neighborhood blog Hoodline, and should be open within three or four months.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurants List Includes Bay Area Favorites

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Could Kin Khao's khao soi gai help them reach the top of Bon Appetit's list? - FLICKR/T.TSENG
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  • Could Kin Khao's khao soi gai help them reach the top of Bon Appetit's list?

Three Bay Area restaurants are in the running for Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Restaurants in America.

Olema's Sir and Star and S.F.'s Tosca Cafe and Kin Khao could be some of the 10 best new restaurants in America, according to Bon Appetit, but we'll have to wait until Aug. 19 to find out.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Coi and Lazy Bear to Follow Ticket Trend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

You'll have to get tickets to taste anything Daniel Patterson cooks up at Coi. - FLICKR/BREVILLE
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  • You'll have to get tickets to taste anything Daniel Patterson cooks up at Coi.

When technology and high-end restaurants collide, you can start treating dinner like a concert or sporting event by buying tickets. The software behind Chicago's legendary Next and Aliena reservation tickets was released recently by the brains behind it, restaurateur Nick Kokonas. Now two San Francisco restaurants, Coi and Lazy Bear, will also be utilizing the system (Coi already debuted it on July 21). According to Kokonas, restaurants in Asia and Europe are already using it.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Free Chicken at Pollo Campero Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

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Free chicken, free chicken! Next Tuesday, the lines may be longer than usual at the newish Mission spot Pollo Campero (2740 Mission St.), or as we like to call it, the Best Juicy Guatemalan Fried Chicken, Evah! Pollo Campero is rolling a freebie leg OR thigh between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on April 9. We're thinking that this free offer may or may not be in response to the major Tuesday draw at nearby Popeye's Louisiana Chicken: where $1.29 nabs one leg and one thigh pieces of chicken all day, every Tuesday.

See also: Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in San Francisco

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