Jeff Mason of Pal's Takeaway, home of some of San Francisco's best sandwiches, is applying his trademark skills as an expert curator and combiner of wacky flavors to burgers. Starting this Thursday, and continuing every other week, Pal's Takeaway will be converted to Pal's Burger Time, a lunch-only burger operation serving three different burgers.
'Mission' on Serious Eats
Mr. PizzaHacker, Jeff Krupman, is something of a familiar face here on Slice: Adam Kuban interviewed him back in 2010 about his mobile Frankenweber operation, and David Kover reviewed that popup circa 2011. For a low-key weeknight, the newly opened PizzaHacker brick and mortar on Mission Street has swiftly become my go-to.
What if a grocery store didn't have any factory-made crackers or cookies with tons of unfamiliar ingredients? What if there wasn't an aisle of Gatorade, and there wasn't a stack of canned soup or boxed mac and powdered cheese? What if a store was just perimeter: local produce, humanely raised meat, foods made from scratch in the kitchen? It's an experiment come to life in Local Mission Market in San Francisco.
It's become a San Francisco must-Instagram: the iconic Pantone-swatch menu of the Mission's Trick Dog. But seven months into the bar's tenure on 20th Street, they've done away with the vivid color-swatch booklet, and started fresh with a record album full of new drinks.
Where's the best chocolate chip cookie in the Mission? We tasted 13 options to find out.
When last we checked in with him, Manny Torres Gimenez was serving fresh pasta and two different prix fixe menus at Roxy's Cafe in the Mission...all without much of a kitchen. At Roxy's, he could basically only boil water on an induction burner; now, he's moved into the old Palace Steakhouse on Mission and Cesar Chavez, and installed a real kitchen, complete with rotisserie, broiler, and grill. The chef, who trained at Nobu in New York and SPQR, Quince, and Coi in San Francisco, says of the new space, "Here, this is like my dream. Now I can use my entire imagination."
The Margarita, Caipirinha, Cuba Libre: "These Latin drinks have a long history," says Chris Lane, bar manager of the Mission's Lolinda and its new rooftop bar and restaurant, El Techo de Lolinda. El Techo's cocktails are meant for relaxed outdoor drinking, but you'll find that there's a craft-cocktail touch here and there.
While citrus season in San Francisco has been a pretty good time, fruits and vegetables are starting to get much more exciting. Last Thursday's farmers' market highlights included ripe apricots (!) and peaches (!!) as well as an assortment of berries.
At Hi Lo BBQ, don't count on drinking crappy beer to wash down your brisket. The Mission's newly opened barbecue spot, which features a menu of both Southern-style and globally influenced barbecue and a farmer's market-rich roster of starters and sides, has a drinks program to match its culinary pedigree.
Manny Torres Gimenez has left Mr. Pollo on San Francisco's Mission Street, where he created a daily tasting menu that went for $20 a person and garnered him quite a bit of buzz. There's some bad blood with the landlord and his former sous chef, who has taken over at Mr. Pollo, but Gimenez is keeping it positive: his new space (a few doors down) is more than twice the size, and he's calling on his background—he trained at Nobu in New York, Frasca in Colorado, Quince and Coi in San Francisco—to serve a new $75 ten-course prix fixe menu based on his favorite creations. "My concept is to do fine dining for ordinary people," he says.
You can almost feel the pre-cocktail hour anticipation over on 20th Street these days. Despite high-profile openings and lines stretching down the block, there has remained a dearth of serious, and seriously delicious, cocktails on this long overlooked pocket of the Mission. Until now. Enter Trick Dog.
John Codd, who you might recognize from his time behind the bar at San Francisco's 15 Romolo, took over the bar manager position at Valencia Street's Wo Hing General Store a few months ago, and recently rolled out a new menu of cocktails for winter.
After this First Look at their new daytime menu, I expected to try a great sandwich or two. I wasn't quite prepared for one of the better meals I had my whole week in San Francisco.
And now there are even more reasons to hang out at Bar Tartine during daylight hours, since they've added a massive new Italian bread oven in the adjoining space and are serving sandwiches along with other lunch dishes from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Take a look at the gorgeous sandwiches, salads, and soups.
The folks behind The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco are aiming to prove that they're just as serious about food—and about beer's place in the world fine dining—with their latest venture on Valencia Street, The Abbot's Cellar. Take a peek at these plates of pheasant, bone marrow, and more.
"I've gone through all that barrel-aging, tincture crap—and it doesn't necessarily make the drinks taste better," says bar manager Brent Butler. "I wanted to simplify things a bit. The drinks should have clean, strong flavors, but shouldn't require a dissertation." This attitude makes them perfect cocktails to make at home—they don't require too many ingredients (or that dissertation), but prove to be flavorful, delicious, and unique.
Our first stop of the San Francisco Apps Only journey was at Locanda, a Roman-inspired osteria on Valencia Street opened by Craig and Annie Stoll of Delfina. We opted to share a handful of antipasti and a 'piccolo' sized dish from the 'quinto quarto' section, then finished off with a pasta. The highlight? A $12 plate of fried lamb brains and artichokes, each nugget delicately battered and well seasoned.
The San Francisco Chronicle follows the “Mission Sugar Trail” around the city’s Mission District, finding all sorts of doughnuts, pies, cookies, and ice cream shops along the way....