Eat the Week: Grasshopper Tacos Out, Biggest Hamburger Attempt at Fest, TyFlo Sued, Vegan Cupcakes and Pie or Die Competition
1. Tyler Florence is being sued by his former Bar Florence partners, Eater SF reports: the first Florence project in San Francisco was supposed to be Bar Florence but the plans fell through in 2009. The suit is being filed by his Bar Florence investors, HLC Enterprises and party moguls Martel and Nabiel with the claim that Florence’s Wayfare Tavern is remarkably similar to the plans they all had for the failed venture.
2. Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe’s second location opened this week. The Feast checked it out and gave the rundown on the punk-rock Oakland diner’s funky interior.
3. For those who love to spend nights dancing at 111 Minna just because the clean architecture is so soothing and the ceilings so high, you’re in luck: there’s a daytime restaurant coming to the space. In other pop-up restaurant news, popular Jewish comfort food provider Wise Sons Deli is moving to a bigger location, Heart wine bar.
4. As SFist reports, Louis’ diner will be going way green. The cliffside diner near Sutro Baths has been closed since last for renovations. Their new lease stipulates that all the produce they purchase be certified organic and be sourced within 200 miles of their property.
5. Everyone loves a big food record. This Saturday, at the Alameda County Fair, there will be a attempt to make the world’s largest hamburger. That’s 625 pounds of hamburger meat. Bites of the giant burger will be sold for 99 cents each, with proceeds to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Inside Scoop rhetorically asked the question we’re all thinking here: why not just give the burger directly to the hungry people? Anyhow, the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to verify its authenticity.
6. Mission taqueria La Oaxaqueña is in hot water with the health department over its non FDA-approved grasshopper tacos. The agency insists the taquieria finds an approved source for its bugs. Until then, no bug tacos for you.
7. New opening in the Castro: Gingerfruit. The restaurant offers pan-Asian tapas with a Mediterranean flair and has a full bar that includes Asian sangria.
8. The Fillmore area’s new restaurant, Tacko closed for a complete kitchen staff retooling after it was open for just over a week. Another closing (though not brick-and-mortar) and this one is for good: Bike Basket Pies, is coming to an end. Sniff.
9. There’s a vegan cupcake bake-off this Saturday at Rock Paper Scissors Collective and it’s just $5 to sample ten different types of dairy-free cakes.
10. And in the not-so-vegan baked good competition category, the second SF Food Wars “Pie or Die” sweet-toothed frenzy goes does this Sunday at the Ferry Building. While pie is delicious regardless, the event also benefits CUESA and the SF Food Bank. Entry is $16.