Weekly Hot Tips – March 24
While I’m reviewing as fast as I can, I can’t possibly eat at every lead I research. So, I’ve decided to put together a weekly post under ‘Must Try’, which will summarize the hot news and tips I read throughout the week aptly named: Weekly Hot Tips – March 24. I have added a link to my review of the restaurants I’ve visited. Rest assured, the ones I haven’t are on the hit list for sure. I’ll start with restaurants, then food and wine, and finally a section under activities. Happy reading!!
San Francisco Restaurants
Beautiful Verbena is open at the old Rex location on Polk St. 7x7SF writes a wonderful review. This second effort by this team who also operate Gather in Berkeley offers an extensive menu of vegetarian and carnivore options.
Tony Gemignani can make some awesome pizza. His restaurants, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana and Capo are located in North Beach. Check out his EaterSF interview here. And, speaking of pizza, EaterSF is at it again with the 25 Most Iconic Pizzerias. You can bet that Tony’s is one of them!!
Yelp does a weekly newsletter, and this week is focused on Prime Rib. Everyone in San Francisco has to know House of Prime Rib on Van Ness, but I hadn’t heard of the Garden Club Restaurant on Mission in South San Francisco or Darwin Cafe in Mission Bay.
Barrel Head Brewhouse is open in the Western Addition. Thrillist reports.
Zagat weighs in on meat. I just love Alfred’s, and their Chicago Ribeye is the best.
Trou Normand is open, and Urban Daddy has the scoop.
Lure + Till – For my Silicon Valley friends, this restaurant just opened in Palo Alto, a much needed venue. Thank you Urban Daddy!
Chef’s Feed – This is one of my favorite apps. Chefs from local San Francisco restaurants write about and display their favorite food in San Francisco. Tracy DesJardins, who grew up in the central valley eating lots of Mex, and has a triad+ of San Francisco restaurants, including the amazing Jardiniere, loves the pozole at San Jalisco. Check it out!
Food and Wine
Panna – I did a click-through the other day on my own site, and found a video magazine entitled Panna. It’s a bi-monthly video how-to from the likes of Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in New York, Michael Tusk of Quince in San Francisco, and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in LA, to name a few. The videos are really nicely put together, and with your subscription at $14.99 a year, you can download recipes, shopping lists, etc.
18 Reasons is a wonderful venue, and it’s close to Byrite Ice Creamery, Namu Gaji, Delfina and Tartine Bakery. They offer cooking classes, volunteer work teaching others to cook, meals and drop-in events. Membership is $50 annually and well worth it if you spend any time in the Mission.
The San Francisco Chronicle had this fascinating report with farmers weighing in on the drought and how we eat.
Food Craft Institute – These guys do the Eat Real Festival in Oakland. Check it out for news on East Bay happenings.
Slow Food San Francisco has a bunch of events to choose from. They’re launching Nomad Gardens at 4th St. and Mission Bay Blvd. Slow Food San Francisco has regular convivial table dinners. And ‘Dirt: The Movie’ will screen soon.
Napa – 7x7SF gives us some Napa secret wineries.
Giants fans can watch the new season’s commercials here. Some are really good, some are … eh
Ft. Baker is highlighted in this week’s edition of Weekend Sherpa. Easy walk, and good food is the reward.