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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Can't Believe I've Never Been: Taqueria El Castillo

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Buche burrito ($9.80 with tax). - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Buche burrito ($9.80 with tax).

Once upon a time — 2011, say  — there was a blog called the Tender that covered the Tenderloin. It was a great resource, and mixed thoughtful commentary on the neighborhood's social issues with cheeky appraisals of some iffy local businesses. In other words, the tone was just right. I recall a post asking readers what the worst taqueria in the TL was, and the consensus seemed to be El Castillito on Golden Gate. (Yelpers would appear to have a different opinion, awarding it a solid four stars.)

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fine & Rare's Brick-and-Mortar Aims for Mid-July

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM

  • Fine & Rare

Remember when the blocks surrounding City Hall were just a joyless bureaucratic wasteland and you had to walk to Hayes Valley to eat after dark? The Empire Room is rocking it on Golden Gate Ave., and now Fine & Rare is opening a permanent location right next door, in the space where Jeremiah Tower’s Stars once stood. The target date is July 15 and, if Instagram tells the truth, they're in the "choosing enamelware" phase.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Quirky, Casual, Elegant: Resolute!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Patrons enjoying drinks at Resolute. - ERIC S. BURKETT
  • Eric S. Burkett
  • Patrons enjoying drinks at Resolute.

For some folks, drinking a glass of wine is just drinking a glass of wine. Sadly, there are people who treat beer the same way. It's a beverage. It has alcohol. What else do you need?

But for others, wines and beers are forms of exploration, pathways to new sensations and experiences. For these people, for these worthy people, there is Resolute.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vegan Mecca Millennium Closing After More Than 20 Years

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Millennium was known for its elegant, richly plated vegan dishes. - FACEBOOK/MILLENNIUM

Well, another one bites the dust. Millennium, the fine dining vegan spot in the Tenderloin, has announced that it will be closing as the hotel that houses it, the Hotel California, has been sold.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Imagine a Cocktail Bar Where Everything's $10, and You'll Have Rx, Now Open in the TL

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Rx's rear wall looks like a caduceus making out with itself. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • Rx's rear wall looks like a caduceus making out with itself.

There’s something so refreshing about a list of cocktails that isn’t entirely $13 and up. There’s also something nice about a bar that doesn’t beat its theme to death. Rx, newly open in the Tenderloin, scores on both counts. Pronounced as “R X” and not “prescription,” it’s a neighborhood joint that isn’t excessively married to the idea of libations as medicines, but just knows how to make a good drink and keep it to ten bucks.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse: Cruffins, Croissants, and Pink Neon in the TL

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 11:08 AM

A banana donut and a twice-baked caramel croissant. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • A banana donut and a twice-baked caramel croissant.

As well as being home to Little Saigon, the area around Geary and Larkin is suddenly home to a few excellent bakery-cafes. Although Flour & Co., Libby Jane Café, and Jane on Larkin are all within a few blocks, there’s a new contender: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Wine Bar Grows in the Tenderloin

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

One bit of the mural at Tender. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • One bit of the mural at Tender.

Completely coincidentally, there have been two openings on the same block of Geary Street within a few days of one another. Huxley is a 25-seat restaurant, and two doors down, Tender is a wine bar with about the same capacity. It’s a neighborhood-y spot and most everything is on tap, guaranteeing speedy service even at peak times. Plus the wall-length mural is very happy.

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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, March 1, 2013

Drink of the Week: The Viceroy at Cantina

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

  • Lou Bustamante

Few spirits that have the potential to incite the kind of heated debate that pisco, the South American unaged grape based brandy, is capable of. Should you ever have the misfortune of asking a Chilean and a Peruvian about the origins of pisco, you would quickly find yourself with no answer and in the middle of a discussion on the verge of fisticuffs. It would be safer to light up a smoke while filling up your car with gas.

Both countries proudly claim pisco as a national invention and the Pisco Sour as the national drink (oddly a drink invented by an American, Victor Vaughn Morris in Lima, Peru). At Cantina, bar manager Shaher Misif is doing his part to unify the divide with cocktails.

See also: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch

Drink of the Week: Seduced by the Moroccan Cosmopolitan at OneUp

Drink of the Week: Fire in the Sky at Dosa

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Rum Pork Tacos at Tango & Stache

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A drink and a bite all in one. With an egg on top. - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • A drink and a bite all in one. With an egg on top.
Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.

The Truck: Tango & Stache

The Cuisine: Cocktail-influenced Mexican comfort food

Specialty Items: Anything with the duck or bacon fat masa

Worth the Wait in Line? At 9 p.m., a total 5 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.

Some weeks are so demanding that at the end of it, you don't just want to drink a cocktail, you want to eat it too. In a taco.

Thanks to Tango & Stache, you can. Serving up a rotating menu of tacos like the Rum Milk Punch Pork Taco ($4, bacon fat tortilla, milk punch-braised pork, toasted coco nib, bacon gremolata) on the menu for the next few weeks, Joshua Wilder Oakley of Tango & Stache gets his inspiration from shaken and stirred.

See also: Carne Asada Tacos at El Tonayense

Food Truck Bite of the Week: BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich at Mayo & Mustard

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