As we SFist editors prepare our stomachs for the kickoff of Beer Week tonight, we've got some more of the week's food news to wrap up. The cool new openings keep stacking up with tonight's debut of Aaron London's sure-to-be-delicious AL's Place in the Mission. His fellow Ubuntu alum Kim Alter, who was the opening chef at Oakland's Haven, will be helming another exciting new spot in Hayes Valley later this year. And let's not forget the news about Academy Bar & Kitchen moving in on Pizza Inferno's turf on Fillmore by the end of March.
There's a big, grand opening today near the Financial District in the form of Ginto Izakaya Japonaise (658 Market Street). As Inside Scoop reports, the restaurant comes from a big Japanese chain with 30 spots in Tokyo and four in SoCal, and you can expect "classic izakaya fare, there will also be sushi, sashimi, rolls, yakitori and robata." Also: plenty of Japanese whiskey and beer.
In other news, SoMa's Oola, along with sister spot Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant on 1st, are teaming up with upstart outfit Method Brewing, to open a new brewpub at an undisclosed Rincon Hill location. As Eater discovers, it will be called Methodology, it will include a taproom as well as a rooftop bar and beer garden, and chef Ola Fendert may be involved.
Also, Marla Bakery has put its dinner service on hold for now, as Inside Scoop reports.
The Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer found lots of nice things to say in an update review of Bernal's Hillside Supper Club. He liked the crab-stuffed squid-ink ravioli, as well as some "exceptional pot pies." All told: two and a half stars.
And for his Sunday review, Bauer takes a crack at Brenda's Meat & Three. He notes the consistent and eclectic crowds lining up for seats, observing that "down-home food [like this] is an unexpected find" in SF, but he seems to imply that the cooking itself is nothing special (which we here at SFist have to disagree with!). He says the "sweet spot" for the restaurant is lunch, and he's a big fan of the fried bologna sandwich. But, overall, he gives the place two stars.
Meanwhile, Anna Roth is the first to review The Progress, where she says "if it doesn't deliver moments of mad genius as frequently as its sister restaurant [State Bird], it does deliver a more consistent dining experience." She feels like the menu plays it a little safe, but she's still a fan.