This weekend, we're all just dining on sweets (see our list of The 11 Best Candy And Chocolate Shops In The Bay Area) and grabbing a handful of Locanda's "Locondoms". But there's more food news on the horizon, so here goes.
We got wind of a coming transformation at Radius on Folsom, which will be a wine bar and cafe called Carafe as soon as March. And there's also big news from Frances: chef-owner Melissa Perello is bringing her magic to a new spot in the former Baker & Banker space. That will be dubbed Octavia.
There's also some very welcome news in the Marina, as Inside Scoop tells us that former Fog City (and before that, sister restaurant Bix) chefs Erik Lowe and Aaron Toensing are taking to the former Republic space. Expect Negronis and a "New York-y" vibe and an "American" concept there, where design will come from Michael Guthrie (Bix, Fog City, Coqueta). There's no name or opening date yet.
Over at SFO, the three-Michelin-starred chef Christopher Kostow is out at Centurion Lounge, reports Eater. That would be the airport's exclusive spot for American Express cardholders. The force behind Napa's The Restaurant at Meadowood had teamed up with the lounge last November, but is leaving the project, which is set to continue without him.
Farther east, team pie and team Oakland can rejoice as PieTisserie is throwing open the doors at a brick and mortar in the East Lake district. Inside Scoop has it that opening day festivities are tomorrow starting at 3 p.m. and will include some free samples.
Also, some great news for bacon lovers and tourists is that Bacon Bacon is now at Fisherman's Wharf, as Inside Scoop reports. There, the team is in a permanent trailer that needed to be lifted in by a crane. In more mobile food news, Inside Scoop scored the lineup for Off The Grid for their Fort Mason and Presidio Picnic food truck events.
Meanwhile in the Castro, Hoodline reports on the quick turnaround closure of Urban Picnic. That was fast. That's becoming yet another Vietnamese concept called Mekong Kitchen. And up in Potrero, Chez Maman is taking over the larger former Chez Papa space, also per Inside Scoop, and the existing Chez Maman will become a rotisserie spot called Chez Maman Rotisserie, for dine-in or takeout.
The Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer loved his return visit to Range, where he found another returner, chef Phil West — who recently opened the Dogpatch's Third Rail — to be on his game. At the Mission restaurant, Bauer swooned for dishes like chicken liver mousse, whose "intensely livery whip, served with warm toast, spreads like butter." Another hit was a strip loin, which "West rolls, ties, slow-cooks and sears" until it's "so tender that the meat practically melts, forming a startling counterpoint to the crusty, salty exterior." Three and a half stars.
For his Sunday review, Mr. Bauer gives his thoughts on The Progress, and it is an unequivocal rave. He says it's "a grand, modern restaurant located next to [Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski's] game-changing State Bird Provisions." And in addition to the excellent architecture and ambiance, he says, "From start to finish, the food is innovative and familiar at the same time." All told: a big three stars.
Anna Roth took to Valencia Street's Burma Love, the newest Burma Superstar restaurant in a city where Burmese is ubiquitous. In fact, she found it "surprising the restaurant hasn't been there all along." Overall, Roth thinks the empire is "pretty good," with "consistent food in a buzzy atmosphere." The tea leaf salad, a perennial favorite, is at Burma Love and still mixed tableside, but at the new location costs a few dollars more than at its fellows. New at the spot are dishes like duck curry, with a "deep, full flavor that went well with the roundness of the duck." Sounds like she likes it for the most part.
Last, Beer Week is still happening, although it was a bit front-loaded, because it's really a ten day extravaganza. Head over to Cerveceria (or Woods) to taste a crowd-sourced beer brewed in just a week. That debuts tomorrow, Saturday, at noon at each location. And there's still a ticket or two for End of Beer Week Pig Roast with Beer and Whiskey on Sunday at Smokestack.