Eat the Week SF: Mission Chinese Goes National
1. The only reason to be up and at ‘em on a weekend morning is this: SF Weekly’s top 10 brunch spots in the city. So, I guess that’s actually 10 reasons. There’s the red flannel hash at Serpentine and the balsalmic fried eggs at Foreign Cinema, luring us out of our cozy hideouts and giving us a good excuse to exit stranger’s beds on the early side. You can Bloody Mary your way to a good long afternoon nap for less cash than the amount of bar snacks and cocktails that got you into that stranger’s bed in the first place.
2. The Rock Bar opened this weekend in the Mission, complete with Prohibition-style cocktails and a gold spray-painted phone booth, says 7×7. But what makes this Mission watering hole different than other mixologist pedestals? The Fire In the Hole — a shot of Bulleit Rye with a Shlitz back, accompanied by free charcuterie, reports Thrillist. Yes please.
3. Ryan Farr is more than a dude who puts brie and brioche on the same burger. He’s a finalist in the International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook category. His “cook” book, Whole Beast Butchery, is really an easy to read and beautifully designed technical/reference book for aspiring butchers. He’s up against another butchery book and a chef from New Orleans’ My Family Table, says EaterSF. Cross your hot dog holders for our local man!
4. Berkeley’s Cafe Intermezzo and neighboring Raleigh’s are camping out by campus, with plans to reconstruct the burned down restaurant space into a tented eatery complete with booze. Navigating the permitting process should be easy, Kirk Peterson told the East Bay Express on Wednesday, but he asked, “Is this something that the kids will like?” The Daily Cal tells us Peterson’s got nothing to worry about.
5. There is rest for the weary. The weary being our headline worthy, trigger-happy folks in uniform at The Warehouse, a cop bar in Jack London Square. But our heroes get more than just a stool to rest on and a brew to swig, says the East Bay Express. They get legit bar snacks, pool, and shuffleboard. They get live music and wallpaper made of memorials to their hard work. Now, to the men in blue: after all that R&R, get back out there and protect our protesters!
6. Your Fat Tuesday party guides are published! Tablehopper is sending readers to the annual Fillmore District celebration. Thrillist says Hilltop 1892 gives us a great view of the seafood gumbo — I mean the Novato Foothills. And SF Gate tells you where to get crawfish bread and fried alligator.
7. Mission Chinese is going national with plans to open a location in New York this spring, says Tablehopper. And Inside Scoop SF reports that the Mission gem is on GQ’s list of the 10 best restaurants in America.
8. Hold your hot peppers — this leap year the farmer’s market is getting drunk. Ladies from Bay Area bars will be shaking their shallots at the Ferry Building on Wednesday, Feb 29th for CUESA’s first cocktail event of the year, reports Tablehopper. Meanwhile, Hog and Rocks gets a libation upgrade with former Plum Bar team Scott Beattie and Michael Lazar.
9. An unlikely duo, a construction worker and a dive instructor, are now serving local brews and bacon butter sandwiches at Chomp N’ Swig, says Thrillist. And in vegan news, SFoodie reports on vegan foods at Trader Joe’s, an updated Herbivore menu, and vegan bacon Guinness caramels on Etsy.
10. The Alamo Draft House, an Austin movie theater/speakeasy, may be moving into the Mission, says Grubstreet. Medjool, the proposed spot, however, is still on the market.