Archive for the ‘food and drink’ Category

Forget About 40’s, Anchor Steam Beer Has 50’s: SF Giants World Series Victory 2014 Magnum

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Or 1.5 litres, if you prefer:

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First SF Loses Its Hooters and Now This: Dick’s Last Resort Shutters After Six Months – Who’s Next for 353 Jefferson?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Of course, our Hooters was having to deal with some wage and hour lawsuit issues when it went away, but one supposes the rents up there at 353 Jefferson were too high for them to keep on keeping on.

This was the replacement – Dick’s Last Resort. It lasted six months.

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I can’t imagine locals going to 353 Jefferson for any kind of restaurant, and the tourists are probably heavier at the other end of the wharf, and the building is set back a ways from the sidewalk, so these can be challenges:

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Who will try to make a go of it next at this cursed location?

The Story of the Ironically-Named “GO-GETTERS PIZZA,” R.I.P – Was It “Aggressively Enterprising?” No, Not At All

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

[UPDATE: Let’s hope they do a better job at 100 Gough.]

Here’s how not to run a New York-style pizza-by-the-slice place in Hayes Valley:

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And another definition of a go getter is “a person who works very hard and who wants very much to succeed.”

Oh well. Go Getters in now Gone Getters…

 

What’s “A San Francisco Landmark?” – You’d Never Guess – Not Even with 100 Tries – Certainly, It’s Big

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Here it is:

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Here’s the answer:

In-N-Out Burger, Jefferson Street, Fishermans Wharf

(I saw the landmark part first and then looked up to see the sign.)

I’ll tell you, the In-N-Out is in no way a San Francisco Landmark.

(I wonder who signed off on this one?)

Google 2845 Leavenworth to get a Street View.

I guess In-N-Out wanted a big-ass sign and the “urbanists” didn’t want anything to mar the “character” of the Fish Wharf so it had to go half way up the block towards Beach?

OK fine…

Congratulations to Bayview’s “The Old Clam House” – Just Named California’s Most Iconic Restaurant

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By The Thrillist:

“California – The Old Clam House San Francisco (Est. 1861) 

With respect to the Tadich Grill in SF and Musso & Frank’s in Hollywood, our choice is this legendary spot in Bayview.”

Their advice? “Try the clams.” Ah j/k, but click on over to see what they really say.

Sign of the Times: Recession-Era “Dine About Town” Renamed as “SF RESTAURANT WEEK” – Max Price is $85, a 130% Increase

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Hey, you want a government program that actually works? How about requiring all restaurants to post their hygiene letter grades on a big poster at the main entrance, the way they do down in SoCal?

Take a look:

“In 1998, the County of Los Angeles set out to create a report card grading the hygiene of all restaurants. Phillip Leslie, associate professor of strategic management at Stanford GSB, saw the new law as an opportunity to study the effects of information on consumers and on market outcome. “We wanted to look at how responsive consumers were to that information and whether that translated to responsiveness by restaurants to improve product quality,” says Leslie.

“What he found was overwhelming evidence that not only did consumers change their behavior once the ratings became public by frequenting restaurants with better scores, but restaurants also improved their hygiene levels. And he saw an additional benefit: fewer hospitalizations due to food-related illnesses. “We found that better information causes a change in the behavior of restaurants and consumers, and resulted in an improvement in public health,” says Leslie.

Now that you’re up to speed, here’s the kicker:

He also found the new system had an apparent impact on restaurant-goers’ health. Leslie studied data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development detailing the number of people admitted to hospitals with specific illnesses. What he found was that hospital admissions for food-related illnesses fell 13 percent from the previous year for people living in Los Angeles, while they rose 3.2 percent in the rest of state. Overall, there were 20 percent fewer food-related hospitalizations in LA than the area would have been expected to experience if the grades had not been introduced.

Now, do you think that San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and/or any of his appointed minions, like Gavin Newsom or Ed Lee, think that this kind of letter grade requirement would be good for San Francisco? IDK. But so far nobody has dared to defy the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, which super doesn’t want letter grades posted for tout le monde to see, even though such a requirement would boost sales overall, and have an even greater benefit for those who don’t skirt the rules set out by SFGov.

Oh well.

But I digress.

Hey, here are the new deets for SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT WEEK. (Or take a look at this  well-reported Annie Sciacca bit from last month, if you want the complete history.)

Observations:

The GGRA has taken over “Dine About Town” from the local tourist organization and this is going to CHANGE EVERYTHING? OK, maybe, we’ll see.

The top price for this program has gone up 130%? Yep. Boy, that sure is restaurateur-friendly, huh?

And the $xx.99 pricing scheme now goes to $xx.00? My, how posh we are.

And what’s this? “San Francisco has the best restaurant community anywhere. Full stop.” Really? Not New York? Not Paris? Not Rome? Not Tokyo? My, how provincial we are.

OTOH, “Restaurant Week” sounds like we’re simply copying other towns in order to sound more “world class.” And of course, it won’t be an actual week, so we’ll be 43% more world-class than everybody else!

And we need $85 deals to allow restaurateurs to “highlight farmer relationships [and] winemaker partnerships…” Like they don’t do that enough on their own already?

And what’s this, a “family-style whiskey-themed dinner?” We’ll be just like Italy!

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Why did the GGRA take control of DAT from SFT? What was wrong with the program before? (IDK myself. This one would write itself, huh?)

I propose a RESTAURANT YEAR, a year in which restaurateurs learn to accept the realities behind that Stanford study and relent on the letter grade issue. Oh what’s that, Yelp has the numerical scores hidden away so that they’re hard to see? No, what we need are simple old-school letter grades posted for all to see.

All right, here it is. Enjoy:

“SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT WEEK

January 21 @ 10:00 am – January 30 @ 10:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT WEEK IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!

(Under new leadership and with new program updates.)

San Francisco has the best restaurant community anywhere. Full stop. Imagine 10 days of celebrating that. This is the first year that the Golden Gate Restaurant Association has taken the reigns of SF Restaurant Week (a program formerly known as Dine About Town – presented by San Francisco Travel). Based on diner feedback, we gave the program a few updates and are excited to share the addition of a new charity partner: the SF-Marin Food Bank. We’re thrilled to re-introduce you to the new SF Restaurant Week and get your support building this into the ultimate celebration of our diverse restaurant landscape.

During Restaurant Week diners can choose from:

$25 – 2 Course Lunch Menu

$40 – 3 Course Dinner Menu

AND NEW THIS YEAR:

$85 Discovery (tasting) Menu – This is a new menu offering available at select restaurants designed to inspire restaurants’ creativity and delight diners. Look for menus that highlight farmer relationships, winemaker partnerships, special dishes or cocktails, or a chef’s vivid imagination.

Sneak Peek: Great Discovery Menu plans are in the works. Hog & Rocks will be doing a family style whiskey themed dinner in partnership with High West Whiskey. ThirstyBear Brewing Co. is planning a beer themed dinner with food made with beer. We’ll reveal Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, RN74, AQ and a number of others’ Discovery Menus soon! Stay tuned…

When is San Francisco Restaurant Week?

San Francisco Restaurant Week is a 10 day celebration from January 21 – 30, 2015. Why do we call it Restaurant Week? Because ‘Restaurant 10 Days’ just didn’t sound as good.

How do I find out which restaurants are participating?

We are curating a fabulous group of restaurants that reflect our unique and diverse culinary community. You will be able to see the list of participating restaurants and the menus they will be offering here on this website on January 5th, 2015. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page (join the event!) and see a sneak peek of who is participating and some of the dishes and experiences that will be on offer.

Should I make a reservation?

Yes! Not only to make sure you get to try all of the fabulous menus at the places you want to visit but also because $0.25 of every cover sold through OpenTable bookings will benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank. Your planning ahead is good for you, good for restaurants, and good for the Food Bank. We’re all for that, and think you should be too.

What’s in it for me?

A city-wide celebration with special menus isn’t enough? Ok, we’ll throw in a few extra goodies. We’ll be rewarding the most enthusiastic diners (those that eat at at least 4 or more participating restaurants during Restaurant Week) with 12 – $100 gift certificates. We’ll be collecting photo entries on our Facebook page. More details on that soon…

Here’s How Much Some Tourists See of Japantown: Ten Feet of Sidewalk Between the Bus and the Benihana

Monday, December 29th, 2014

As seen being herded along on Post:

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Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle…

Cross this one off of your Bucket List:

58. Do Japantown 

Close us out, Montgomery Burns:

“Yeah, well, I’ve discovered the perfect business: people swarm in, empty their pockets, and scuttle off.”

Cafe Playfield, 94132: Where Every Hot Dog Comes with a Seagull Theft Insurance Policy

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

I’ve never seen a hot dog replacement request not fulfilled

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Seagulls are voracious monsters, certainly.

Bold Move: SF Business Times Prints Shame List of “Restaurants with High-Risk Health Code Violations”

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Seems a long time ago now, but back eight years the spouse of a County Supervisor had this to say:

“To those mother fuckers at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association: FUCK YOU!”

And I thought, what an odd thing to say, but yeah, I can see where that comes from.

(Here’s just one example – this place is a member. Like, it even gets promoted by the GGRA.)

Anyway, the GGRA spends its time doing things like lobbying against simple letter grades for restaurants, ala San Diego. Which is funny, because posting simple letter grades up front has lots of benefits – like it lowers food poisoning incidents at ER’s in the surrounding area and other good stuff like that. Check it:

“A 2003 study by two economists [Yay, Stanfoo!] found that after letter grades were introduced in Los Angeles, there was a 20 percent decline in hospital admissions for food-borne illness.

But the SF Bidness Times, well, the people there must bump into officers of the GGRA all the time. And yet here it is, the SFBT now has a naughty list a mile long.

Here’s part of it – let’s start with the beginning of the alphabet

Arizmendi Bakery
1331 9th Ave.
08/28/2014: Unclean hands or improper use of gloves (Score: 73)

Ouch. If I were Arizmendi, I’d spend more time striving to get a triple digit score and less time working on buying a “parklet” from the City.

And hey, who’s in charge of AT&T these days? Is it Olympian Larry Baer? I think so:

AT&T – Cable Car Bar (Promenade) [146520]
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: No hot water or running water (Score: 93)

AT&T – Say Hey Sausage-Room 5319 [145157]
24 Willie Mays Plaza 5.15.01
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

AT&T Park – Food Cart
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: Sewage or wastewater contamination (Score: 93)

AT&T Park – Garden Table Stand
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

AT&T PARK – Gotham Kitchen
24 Wilie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: Unclean or unsanitary food contact surfaces (Score: 91)

AT&T PARK – Hearth Table Stand
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

And yet, all the scores appear to be similar? I’m sure there’s a reason for that, but I don’t know the reason. (Are some of these violations no biggee? I don’t know. Which violations are important and which are less so? IDK.)

There’s lots I don’t understand about how SFGov does it restaurant health grading. Oh well.

Hey SFGov, can we get simple, effective letter grades posted out front, ala San Diego? Oh no, you just don’t feel like it? Oh what’s that, the GGRA doesn’t want you do it so you won’t?

OK fine.

Entire West Side Wonders When Its Chipotle is Going to Get Here, at Geary and Masonic

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Co-opting The Mission Burrito sure takes a long time, huh?

Artist’s conception of what the mighty sign on Masonic will look like, sooner or later:

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Appears as if Panera Bread will win the race to further chainify the Western Addition

And it looks like not a single soul in the world will raise a voice against the Chipotle chain coming to 2675 Geary.