Eat the Week SF: The 2011 Lists Are Out
1. The year in food news lists are popping up all over. Highlights: according to KQED, Chez Panisse’s 40th anniversary was this year, and there was a “record high demand for food stamps. Occupy SF protested an innocent taco joint and Occupy Oakland asked Trader Joe’s for some sustainable favors. According to SF Gate, Valencia Street is SF’s gourmet ghetto and Daniel Patterson gives Oakland’s food scene a chance with two new super upscale restaurants.
2. Eater SF surveyed industry friends about their top eatery standbys, and Mission Chinese took the cake by getting two mentions in a slew of restaurants around the bay. Want to chime in on those stats? 7×7 is taking a reader survey whose results will be out in late January.
3. Also, the top new restaurant lists are out. Who wins? Fried Alligator at the Boxing Room (?) says Thrillist. Hawker Fare got several shout-outs on Eater SF, but one restaurant critic says,”I’ve got no newcomer standouts.”
4. Restaurant.org lists hyper-local sourcing as a “what’s hot trend for 2011″, but according to SF Gate, “‘community food enterprises’ [are] the model of the future.” In fact, companies like Bi-Rite and Inna Jams, which source and hire as locally as possible — as in biking distance— actually stand to boost local economy.
5. The East Bay’s San Pablo Avenue got yet another newsworthy BBQ spot besides Emeryville’s B-Side BBQ. Smoke, in Berkeley, quietly opened this year. Although it may have escaped early notice, the creative menu offerings, like Tea Smoked Salmon, Texas Sliced Smoked Beef Brisket, and Chocolate Guilt Gluten-Free Cookie, could rival the B-Sides’ more classic southern fare.
6. What do Oakland, San Mateo, and the Mission District of SF have in common? Almost as much as ramen and coffee. But Jeremy Tooker of Four Barrel Coffee (in SF) recently discovered that the only authentic ramen shop in the Bay is Ramen Dojo in San Mateo. Well, that’s too far for most Bay Area ramen aficionados. So Jeremy, inspired by a recent trip to Japan, is going to help “some guys get a place together in Oakland in the future.” Grubstreet is hoping this means an Oakland ramen shop.
7. Cups over plates? Post-holiday juice diets (with hefty price tags) are all the rage. 7×7′s got the info.
8. Easy Lounge in Oakland closed in the summertime for a remodel. Confused Yelpers have been asking questions about the New Orleans-style bar, but no one was answering until now. A giant sign above the bar says they’ll be opening on January 3rd. The website mentions house made bar snacks to go with its famous Farmer’s Market Happy Hour.
10. Gobba goodbye? Gobba Gobba Hey, an SF street vendor, closes, becoming another victim of the street food revolution, but comes out on top with a new cookbook, according to SF Weekly.