You hopefully heard the big news about the Frances spinoff, and the item about the upcoming Mission Chinese/Commonwealth spinoff with lots of environmentally progressive bells and whistles called The Perennial. Well, here's some more food news from the week that was.
There's an update on Chris Cosentino's upcoming new SoMa restaurant Cockscomb: As he tells Inside Scoop, though we'd earlier heard that his New England roots would come into play on the menu, he says the focus will be broader than that, with nods to San Francisco classic dishes too like Chicken Tetrazzini, Green Goddess dressing, Hangtown Fry, and perhaps cioppino. Also, he's aiming for a late November/early December opening.
As Eater reports, Lena Dunham made a beeline for Tosca Cafe after her City Arts & Lectures talk on Thursday. As per her Instagram, she called a tray of torn bread shards "sexual."
The Lower Haight's Tandoor (525 Haight Street) shuttered several weeks ago, but it looks like it will be replaced with a Chinese restaurant, as Hoodline reports. It may, possibly, bear the name Ming Yao.
Zero Zero meanwhile has a new executive chef, as Inside Scoop reported this week. Her name is Joyce Conway, and she's been in charge of the kitchen for a couple of months already, and has been working there since they opened. Previously, she worked at Bix, also under chef-owner Bruce Hill. Look for the menu to be getting some slight tweaks.
And Canadian poutine franchise Smoke's Pountinerie is expanding to the U.S. in a big way, starting with a location near the Cal campus in Berkeley. That's at 2518 Durant Avenue, but the company plans on bringing their poutine to four more Northern California locations in the next five years. get excited.