Looking west from the 101:
Ten miles and 12 minutes to the north, looking west from the 101
Shouldn’t they point in the same direction?
Haighteration has the story this AM about how the San Francisco restaurant community is coming together to help one of its own, someone who is still reeling from a crime committed late last year:
“In late November, a beloved member of the Ragazza staff, and broader San Francisco restaurant community, was the victim of a terrible crime. To help this individual get back on their feet, Ragazza, along with several other establishments, are hosting a fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the crime victim. Funds will be raised through several sources.”
And check out all the local businesspeople who are contributing, below.
“1. On Monday, January 24, Ragazza will donate 100% of sales proceeds to this cause. For this evening, Ragazza will hold an intimate benefit dinner, with a special menu designed by Chef Sharon Ardiana. The meal will be served family style, with antipasti, salad, pizza, entree and dessert. Seatings are at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm. The cost is $35/person, including wine, excluding gratuity and tax. As of 1/13/11, the 7pm seating is sold out. To make a reservation or to be put on the 7pm waiting list, please email Laurie at email@example.com.
2. A variety of items will be auctioned off on eBay, between Friday, January 21st and Monday, January 31st. Auction items include special meals at notable San Francisco restaurants, cooking lessons, private meals prepared by Bay Area chefs, art, photography, wine and other items. To see all items up for auction or to bid on an item, please visit this link.
3. You may send a cash donation to benefit the victims of this crime. To do so, please send a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, La Cocina, Inc. Please write Ragazza Fundraiser in the memo line so that your contribution goes directly to our cause. Donations may also be made on the evening of January 24 at the restaurant. For your donation to be tax deductible, it will need to be made via check payable to La Cocina, Inc. Donations may be sent to:
2948 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-4028
Note that all auction items and donations made via check to La Cocina, Inc. are tax deductible over the fair market value of the item (in the case of auction items). La Cocina is a registered 501c3 organization.
Full details coming soon, along with links to the eBay bid pages once the auction is live (anticipated to be on Friday, January 21). Here’s a preview of some of the items we will have available for bid…..
Dinner for 8 in your home, cooked by Frances Chef/Owner Melissa Perello.
Italian cooking lesson, wine tasting and dinner for 4 prepared in your home by Chef/Owner of Ragazza, Sharon Ardiana and Suzanne Drexhage
Dinner for 2, with wine pairings, at your choice of either A16 or SPQR
Wine dinner for 4 at Andalu
Dinner for 2 at Bar Tartine
Chef’s Dinner for 2 at Cafe des Amis, with wine pairings
Customized meal for 2 at Delfina, menu designed by Chef/Owner Craig Stoll
Customized meal for 2 at Flour + Water, menu by Chef/Owner Tom McNaughton, with wine pairing
Wine dinner for 4 at Garibaldi’s
Dinner for 2 at Gialina..and you can go to the head of the line!
Dinner for 4 at Nopa, seated with Chef/Co-Owner Laurence Jossel and Wine Director Chris Deegan
Dinner for 4 at the Chef’s Table of Rotisserie & Wine – meet Tyler Florence and Chef Jeremy Fox
Customized cake by Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake, sized to serve 40 people!
2 dozen cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes, delivered by cupcake maven and owner, Kara Lind
Marlowe‘s famous Marlowe burger, delivered to your office w/all the fixin’s…for 8 people
Carnitas dinner for 4, delivered to your door by Nopalito.
Sundae making party for 24 by Bi Rite Creamery
Cocktail making class for 15, along with signed copies of Art of the Bar at Comstock Saloon
Coffee tour/tasting for 6 at Equator Coffees & Teas- the coffee of Ragazza & The French Laundry
Cooking clases at La Cocina
Poker party for 5 at Le Club….burgers, bourbon or champs, your own dealer & private table
Pizza Politana pizza party for 15 at your home
High end tequila tasting for 4 at Tres Agaves
Margarita party for 20 at your home by Tortilla Heights
A case of mixed Italian red wines, selected by Chamber and Chambers Wine Merchants
Gift certificates to Boulevard, 18 Reasons, Bi Rite Market, Ominvore Books, Absinthe, Lori Anderson Skincare, Pal’s Takeaway Sandwiches, Incanto and more!
A day of custom photography, with Katie Newburn, photographer
2 custom art pieces by artist Michelle White
50 custom cards/envelopes, designed and printed by Olive-Route letter press.
Custom canvas printing of your favorite photo by photographer, Nick Vasilopoulos
2 hours of custom tattoo work with the amazing Shannon Archuleta
And still more to come……
Can you see what Hooters Restaurant up on Jefferson looks like on a sunny day? Not too busy, based upon what the patio looks like on a beautiful Saturday during the lunch-time rush.
It’s a ghost town but with hot wings:
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Compare this somnolence with the In and Out Burger that’s right next door. Our sole IAO is rocking from the brunch hour to 1:00 AM or later on a daily basis. Not 24/7, but 17-7 anywho. The joint is always crowded is the point. They could use double the square footage.
So, what we ought to do is just make the Hooters smaller and then use the freed up space to allow more people to go In and Out.
*Or wait for it to get shut down, whichever. Suffer the Hooter Girl: “I thought I was going to make a lot of money and meet celebrities.” Indeed, didn’t we all. (And there’s some photojournalism for you, “c’mon, don’t smile, don’t smile, look sad, can I get a little more of a forlorn look from you two?” Cleeek. And exhale. That’s a wrap. Telling stories with pictures, Pulitzer here we come.)
“Expectations: a long line of grumpy people and a halfway decent burger. Reality: A fast moving line with friendly people, friendly staff and a fun event with a DJ. 3 choices, ahi, cheeseburger, kimchee pulled pork. All came with fries and a drink (soda, champagne, beer). I was so surprised that they did the whole meal not just the free burger! The burger was cooked perfectly medium, fries were perfect and beer was good.”
Throw in 1000 free red shirts and it turned out to be quite the shindig. We’re talking crunk crunk, junk junk, drunk drunk.
Ah, Cristal, my T-shirt, and a couple of free ahi burgers - why not?
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Verily, it was a “dancin’ on the tables kinda night.”
Bon Chance, Gott’s Roadside!
(I’ll tell you, ever since the Bay Area News Project co-opted me from discussing San Francisco Bay Area News / Culture / Community under the Citizen brand, well alls that’s left to talk about* are free food giveaways. Leave us commence.)
Turns out that beloved Taylor’s Automatic Refresher had a little intellectual property hassle having to do with ownership of its name, so starting tomorrow refer to this glorified hamburger stand as “Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet.” (It’s just like when Murder Burger of Davis, CA changed its name to Redrum Burger.)
“…cheeseburgers, ahi burgers, kimchi and pork burgers, fries, ice cream sandwiches and drinks.”
It’s going to be a madhouse Enjoy.
*The white man ain’t left me nothing out here but the underworld, and THAT is where I dance. Where do you dance?
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, R.I.P. But at least the Milton S. Hershey Company employees in Berkeley will get a “very competitive” severance package. (Isn’t the first thing you should ask at a job interview – how competitive is your severance package?)
Fallen, fallen is Scharffen Berger the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality. Yea, it is broken, howl ye for it, take balm for her pain, if so be it may be healed. Click ye to expand:
This place is the bomb, a brick house built extra tough for the hazards of munitions manufacturing, its original purpose. See? A factory tour, head gear required:
If only they had had a marketing campaign with more fling and frivolity, like the way they do it over at Mars, Incorporated.
Burgers – reminiscent of White Castle
Fries – reminiscent of Burger King
Onion Strings – reminiscent of Asqew Grill
Hype – reminiscent of In & Out
It looks like a chain, but it’s not. People line up out the door during lunchtime, but it’s not that long a wait. The burgers, fries and onion ring string things taste good. A little pricey for what you get.
Maybe it’s for you, maybe it’s not.
493 Pine at Belden Lane near Kearny
If you want a burger from a cable car in San Francisco (and really, why wouldn’t you?), you’ve got two choices.
Starting with Tony’s Cable Car. It’s a simple old-skool hamburger stand at 2500 Geary perched over the tunnel that goes under Masonic. A portion of the ingredients have been previously frozen, so that’s offputting to some. But if you pay $13 for burgers and fries, the bag they put it in will have some heft and the contents will be well-prepared, hot, and yummy.
Now we’re ending with Joe’s Cable Car at 4320 Mission. Did you know that Joe Grinds His Own Fresh Chuck Daily, or something? Lot’s of people know that because this joint has been featured on the Food Network. So you’ll get tourists making pilgramages down to the Outer Mission.
People tend to like the food, but not the high prices (adding 2 oz. more chuck to your burger costs $3.50 - that’s $26/lb!) or the $15 per capita minimum order service charge. All that daily grinding costs money, you see, but some question if Joe has gone too far with his pricing scheme.
The Yelpers seem to prefer Tony’s.
Floors, Walls, Ceilings Improperly constructed, in disrepair, not clean
Improper Storage: Equipment. Utensils, Linens
Foods not separated or protected
For Tony’s, aka “Geary Drive In”, the DPH simply states:
So there you have it. You make the call.
(Or you could compromise on the cable car theme and check out Bill’s Place on Clement. Lot’s of people like that joint.)