Here in the SFist food section, you may have read that the highly decorated Daniel Patterson has bought San Francisco's oldest steak house, Alfred's. We also had word that Wise Sons Bagel will open in December on Fillmore at Geary. Last, we told Lers Ros fans that they can look forward to a spinoff just a couple doors down from the original spot on Larkin. Now, on to the rest of the food blogosphere.
Thad Vogler recently announced that his restaurants Bar Agricole and Trou Normand would end their tipless policy, bringing back gratuity. Now following suit is 24th Street French getaway Sous Beurre Kitchen, as Inside Scoop reports.
Important free soft-serve news in Potrero Hill! The cutie-pie named Twirl and Dip who operated a Golden Gate Park ice cream truck for five years and have been serving at their brick and mortar since July are now holding a grand opening today. Now that construction on their building's courtyard is complete, Inside Scoop says it's free ice cream for all from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Delarosa has opened its downtown location, as Hoodline investigated. Though pizza and pasta are a constant, as per the previous location and other Adriano Paganini outposts, there's more room at the new spot on Yerba Buena Lane.
Hoodline has it that Cafe 1920, an asian fusion spot with relatively reasonable prices and 71 seats, is opens on Irving. It's location is the source of its name: It's between 19th and 20th Avenues.
Good news for those looking to get in at AL's Place against all odds (due to all the accolades and hype). They're going to make more room for walk-ins, the restaurant tells Inside Scoop.
As Del Popolo goes from Pizza truck to brick and mortar pizzeria, they're doing pop-ups in preparation. Inside Scoop has the word on that, which will have to tide you over until the real thing opens.
Nothing was the same: Halal Guys are going to open in Downtown Berkeley, and Inside Scoop revealed the nitty-gritty. You can even check out the famous white sauce recipe courtesy of the good folks at Gothamist.
At the intersection of publishing news and food news, there's this: We learn from Publisher's Weekly that Hawker Fare's James Syhabout has secured a book deal, so get ready for part recipes, part related personal history.
Caputo is now open on the Embarcadero, a new trattoria from the folks behind Boca Tavern. Tablehopper has the news on the neapolitan pies and more.
Bar Tartine is hosting a Michael Solomonov popup, Inside Scoop writes. The Israeli-born and Pittsburgh, PA-raised chef whose Philadelphia restaurant Zahav has been a hit for its modern Israeli fare holds a 2011 James Beard Award for Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic).
Yank Sing slaw is good and the New York Times is "ON IT" as they say.
Cult favorite grocery store Duc Loi is opening in the Bayview, KQED reports. You go Bayview! Banh mi for you, Bayview
There is no more membership fee for Dinner Lab, Eater reports.
Best of Thai thought that name wasn't good enough, so Hoodline reports that they've rebranded as Hippie Thai Street Food, which ought to do it!
Chicken chilaquiles and torta ahogada with pork carnitas are now on offer as Cala starts its brunch service, according to Eater.
Tiki enthusiasts take note that directly behind their bar Rickhouse, the Future Bars team has something for you if a tipster to Hoodline indeed know's what's up.
This Week In Reviews:
On a return visit to Napa's ZuZu for the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Bauer found it "the type of place that feels comfortable and familiar, but there’s always something to surprise and delight." Meaning to say "on fleek," he wrote that, "Flavors are always on point, whether it’s the balanced lemon-truffle vinaigrette that coats shaved sunchoke and portobello mushrooms, or the green sauce with a hit of tomatillo and citrus on the flounder ceviche ($11), studded with a creamy richness from diced avocado and a crunch from Mexican gherkins." Overall, two-and-a-half stars.
Bauer also checked out the new spot Coco Frio, a Caribbean joint in the Mission. "Manny Torres Gimenez restaurants," Bauer writes, alluding to nearby the Palace, "are the antithesis of the more refined approach taken by most well-known chefs, and therefore may not appeal to everyone. Service can be happenstance and the dining rooms are pieced together with remnants of prior inhabitants." However, "the food has an unwavering honesty, and satisfies those who appreciate a more bohemian approach to the dining experience." Two stars.
Having visited Gabriela Cámara's Contramar in Mexico City, Peter Kane of the Weekly writes that he was "a little apprehensive about Cala (Spanish for "cove"), Camara's San Francisco debut.... I thought it might feel out of step with casual San Francisco." But, says Kane, "Was I ever wrong. Everything deviates slightly from what's expected — and not just because I expected to see octopus all over the menu and there wasn't any — but the stridently un-conservative Cala is clearly Cámara's playspace." As for what to get, "A supple mixiote of black cod ($36) with a red chile adobo was the granddaddy of the menu," but it all sounds delightful and playful.