This week at SFist, we brought joyous news of BDK Restaurant & Bar's opening, accolade headlines from the James Beard shortlist, and an unfortunate update on the closure of Duboce Triangle's Jumpin Java. Oh yeah and we revealed the top 15 Bay Area Fried chicken spots, so get on that.
But we're here now to fill you in on the rest of the food buzz, starting with the opening timeframes for Aatxe and Cafe du Nord on Market Street. Eater has word that Aatxe, a Basque restaurant in the recently opened Swedish American Hall, will arrive on the 17th of April, with the Cafe du Nord bar, a small dining and performance space, to follow in late May.
Also in that Eater report is word that The Market, the food hall in the Twitter building, will receive its first full restaurant in Bon Marché, an all day brasserie from the AQ and TBD squad.
A super fancy new food mart is going into Oakland’s Sears Building, the Business Times reports. Newberry Market & Deli, as it will be known, will be pulling in to uptown station at 20th and Broadway in summer 2016. The market will occupy at least 20,000 square feet at the ground-floor of the 400,000 square-foot building currently undergoing a complete renovation.
Yes, this week there was also some buzz about foie gras Old Fashioneds, served at Michael Mina's Pabu. Sure it's $27, but what good is that money if you can't literally drink it? The concoction, by the way, is referred to as a FoieFashioned, Eater reports.
Hoodline had word of Bar 821's facelift on Divis. It's bigger with an amaro focus and better lighting, but to be honest, I was perfectly happy with the devilish dark in there.
Alton Brown, as Eater reports, was in town, he did make his traditional pilgrimage, as he puts it, to The Slanted Door, but correct us if we're wrong in saying that he didn't go anywhere very interesting.
Rumor has it — or Inside Scoop does, rather — that Blue Bottle might open in Pac Heights. We'll update you on that, of course.
Fish & Farm is closing and reopening downtown in the former Elephant & Castle space with veteran San Francisco chef George Morrone affixed to the project. Inside Scoop predicts that everything there will be ready as soon as mid-April.
For the rebuilt Bliss Bar space, which was closed by fire in 2013,a restaurant to be called Tom & Rai is planned according to a local Noe Valley blog.
Week In Reviews
Mr. Michael Bauer’s midweek review was a return to Dosa, now open nearly a decade. Alas, he wasn't very into it, saying the kitchen is sort of on "autopilot." Two stars were awarded along with a recommendation for the lamb korma ($23), which comes "in a sauce green from cardamom and flavored with coconut, ginger and mild chiles that seemed to accentuate the distinct qualities in the boneless morsels."
But wait! For his Sunday review (already online), he heads to Hawker Fare in its relatively recent Valencia Street location, andhe's smitten to the tune of three stars. "Hawker Fare feels like a gathering place where all are welcome to eat, as long as they can stand the heat, he writes."