Another week with much to eat, drink, and discuss. First it brought the semi-annual menu change from modern cocktail trailblazers Trick Dog, and then, in further menu news, we scoped the food and beer on offer at the newly-opened Black Bark BBQ. There was also word that the city's oldest gay bar, the Gangway, would be closing to make way for something new, and Hoodline has some further details on the pay dispute that's partially to blame. Some buzz surrounds a new nigiri-only sushi spot, Ijji, bound for Divis, which we covered. Last, Beer Week is just around the corner, so get ready with these 21 events we think you might enjoy. Elsewhere on the food blogs:
San Francisco is approaching a number of breweries not seen since before Prohibition, with Hoodline reporting on a new restaurant and microbrewery bound for the street-level commercial space at Oak and Octavia in the Avalon building. The as-yet-unnamed venture comes from Jeff Handy, the owner at SoMa's Oola and Rincon Hill's Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant.
As the Perennial prepares to open for "progressive agrarian cuisine" next week, the Chronicle's Jonathan Kauffman asks if it’s the “restaurant of the future." Its founders Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, a duo who also cofounded of Commonwealth and Mission Chinese Food, pose the question their restaurant seeks to answer: “What would you do if the environment was the most important consideration?” We'll start to find out on the 20th.
Dennis Lee has abruptly departed Magnolia Brewing and their Dogpatch Restaurant Smokestack, as Eater has it. Magnolia, it should be noted, filed for bankruptcy in December. “They’ve been going through certain changes, and I felt like it wasn’t in line with my idea of what should be happening,” Lee, also of Namu Gaji, told Eater.
"I don’t want to drive into the city anymore,” says Ron Siegel who lives in San Anselmo and is leaving his post at Michael Mina according to Inside Scoop. “I’m looking forward to not going into the city right now and spending some more time closer to my place and enjoying my family,” he adds. Eater echoes the report that Raj Dixit will take his place, arriving from Mina's Stonehill Tavern restaurant in Orange County.
Burlingame has a restaurant devoted to a worthy cause — nachos — in the new Nachoria. Eater informs us that house-made cheese sauce and options like pollo asada, carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, shrimp, fried fish, and ceviche, are yours at the counter-service spot, and Inside Scoop adds that the owner has considered a nacho restaurant to be his calling.
Seattle-based Pyramid's Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek, the left the Bay Area following the shuttering of the Berkeley location, meaning the place has left the Bay Area entirely now. The Business Times reports that 49 employees were let go by owner North American Breweries who wrote in a statement that they have "merged and increased production capabilities, reviewed and consolidated... retail locations, improved innovation, and created a west coast leadership team with added staff to strengthen the Pyramid brand."
David Kinch's The Bywater opened Tuesday in Los Gatos and Inside Scoop and Eater were on it. The chef with
four three Michelin stars to his name hails from New Orleans, so head in for authentic gumbos and beignets in an environment more casual than his famous and nearby Manresa. "I think it's mostly the unpretentiousness that will surprise people," Kinch says.
Tablehopper took a peek at Fiorella which is to open on Clement by month’s end. The Italian restaurant, pizzeria, and enoteca with a wood-fired Toscana brick oven. One of the partners on the project, Boris Nemchenok (Uva Enoteca), grew up just blocks away in the Richmond.
Fort Point Beer Company now has a spot in the Ferry Building to check out ,with a kiosk there reported on by Inside Scoop and Hoodline. Pick up a growler of their Villager IPA with your farmers' market greens next time you're there, or stop in for a pint.
Coi has a brand new menu under new chef Matthew Kirkley who takes the reigns from Daniel Patterson. Eater has a first look at it, and Kirkley, who just came here from Chicago, says he's excited to be working in a scene that's "the best in the country bar none."
El Faro in the upper Haight is now El Rancho Grande, Hoodline has it. Yes, like El Rancho Grande on Divis.
As Quoted is the name of a spot headed to Presidio Heights for all your nut-, dairy-, gluten- and soy-free needs not to be confused with the restaurant called AQ. “Our passion is food as medicine,” owners Andie and Kara Yamagami tell Eater.
In the Lower Haight, Raijin Sush is now Hot Zushi after only two weeks empty. Hoodline reports that the menu's different and includes items like butterfish nachos (butterfish, guacamole, jalapeños and spicy pineapple salsa on gyoza chips).
This Week In Reviews
Anna Roth headed over to Farmhouse Kitchen to get some Thai food on the Chronicle. The Mission restaurant has cool new dishes like blue rice because “Food changes just like fashion,” according to co-owner Ling Chatterjee, who grew up in Bangkok. “We want to bring something current (to show) what’s going on in Thailand.” Chatterjee and husband chef Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang, co-own Blackwood and Kitchen Story. Roth's take: "The results are mixed. Though a few items soar to the palate-expanding heights of exciting new Thai restaurants like Kin Khao and Hawker Fare, most are merely better-than-average renditions of your typical takeout spot. As a result, Farmhouse Kitchen is something of a hybrid: a place to bring adventurous eaters, but also a place to get a comforting weeknight meal."
Pete Kane at the Weekly tootled over to Hog and Rocks, a favorite of his for brunch of dinner. The food he loved, but sadly, the clientele were not to his liking. "Blame is too diffuse to pin on any one restaurant, but on these visits I noticed how much the clientele has lurched toward the moneyed and the beige. I'm sorry, but having to look at more than two North Face jackets at any given time is depressing. That's just how the Mission is now, I guess, but people still call Hog & Rocks a "hipster" spot. Best to look down at your plate, anyway. It's where all the style is."
Michael Bauer of the Chronicle gave Del Popolo the big three-star nod, everybody be cool until I get to go there. "There’s a sense of refinement that sets this place apart," he says, praising the staff and the attention to detail, "Just about every dish has a distinct element that sets it apart" and "Del Popolo isn’t just pizza" — he loved the pizza, btw, but "it’s an anticipated event."