Eat the Week: The Bacon Food Truck Is Here, Mission Street Food Book, Hawaiian Spot Hukilau Temporarily Shuts Down, RIP Koko
1. Nothing says you care like a bouquet of bacon. Now, thanks to the Bacon Bacon food truck, you can give the gift of meat. Not only will the Bacon Bacon food truck offer these lovely pork bouquets, they will be selling six sandwiches all made with bacon, French fries topped with rosemary, sage and pork belly trimmings and Devil’s Canyon Root Beer, according to the Inside Scoop. The Thrillist reports that the truck appeared for the first time in SOMA this week at 63 Bluxome St. for lunch, and Inside Scoop reports that the truck will be making appearances at Off The Grid sometime in July.
2. The book telling the story and sharing the recipes’ behind Mission Street Food has a release date of August 2, but the official party will be this Tuesday at the Make Out Room. Eater SF reports that for the price of admission, attendees will get a signed edition of the book, Black Star beers and an unlimited supply of chef and author’s Anthony Mynt’s favorite, Popeye’s chicken. The book, appropriately titled Mission Street Food — and written by Mynt and his wife Karen Leibowitz — chronicles the story of the cult restaurant’s rise from food truck to brick-and-mortar restaurant. It also shares the story of Mynt’s marriage and gives step-by-step instructions and photos on how to make the food featured at Mission Street Food and Mission Chinese. If you can’t make it to the opening, the book is available for preorder from the McSweeneys’ webstore, and if you preorder, $10 will be donated to Slow Food USA.
3. NOPA Hawaiian restaurant, Hukilau, was shut down on Tuesday due to numerous health code violations. Come Thursday, it’s open again. The restaurant on Geary and Masonic known for its annual spam musubi eating contest was cited by the Department of Health for food contamination, disease transmission, and vermin infestation. Hukilau owner Eric Tao wrote to Eater SF claiming that the sole reason the Hawaiian restaurant had to be shut down was simply because of a lack of hot water. Eater SF reports that after the very temporary closure, a fixed water heater and a probation period, the restaurant will be back to normal.
4.It’s not only the lucky people of Hayes Valley who are getting a regular visit from Off the Grid. Starting Monday, the Financial District will be getting a regular, once weekly slice of the food truck action. July 25 marks the soft launch of St Mary’s Off the Grid, with the hard launch scheduled for August 1. Off the Grid reports that some of the trucks showing up will be Hapa SF, 3 Sum Eats, The Rib Whip, Senor Sisig, and Toasty Melts. SFoodie said the trucks would be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday at 433 Kearny.
5. It’s official, Tenderloin dive Koko Cocktails will be closing its doors for good on July 30. The Tender reports that the little bar has been in limbo since last year when California Pacific Medical Center bought out the main building. The CPMC is now planning to not only demolish the building, but 2/3 of the entire block to make way for a large medical center and everything that comes along with it. Koko Cocktails owners are looking to sign a lease and reopen at the HiLo Club on 1423 Polk Street, but no set dates have been revealed yet.
6.Coi will be cutting back dinner service. The restaurant will now be serving dinner from Wednesday through Saturday, 5:30. to 10 p.m. Chef Daniel Patterson told Inside Scoop that the days off will be for, “creativity, research, and technical refinement.” The extra days off are meant to give cooks times to conduct research at local farms and perfect new kitchen skills. The time off combined with some recent renovations could mean a few things for the gourmet restaurant. Eater SF predicts the restaurant is shooting for the next level and a third Michelin star.
7. National Mexican chain Rosa Mexicano has signed a lease and will be opening a location in the One Market building. The nationwide chain currently has locations in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, and is looking to open restaurants in Washington DC and Minneapolis within the next year or so. The One Market location is predicted to open in the first half of 2012. Though Eater SF reports that the chain’s Miami opening had a warm reception, the Los Angeles location has been described as, “an insult to L.A.” Until then, readers are advised to stick with a veggie deluxe burrito from Taqueria Cancun.
8. Ever wanted to read a Yelp review for every San Francisco restaurant? One Yelper, Jason Bennett, has you covered. According to the Inside Scoop, Bennett has been on his mission to eat at every S.F. restaurant since 2006 and over the course of five years, he has tried and Yelped about over 2,000 restaurants. Bennett told Inside Scoop that he eats out about 10-15 times per week and never eats at the same place twice. San Francisco is a gastronomical hub, the city has over 4,200 restaurants, and we wish Bennett an iron stomach and iron will.
9. San Francisco is a city rich in history, and as the San Jose Mercury and Grub Street SF points out, so are its restaurants. The Mercury made a list of Bay Area restaurants that were able to stand the test of time and in this economy, that’s no small feat. The list extends to the greater Bay Area, to Sonoma, San Jose, Pescadero and Orinda, just to name a few. The oldest San Francisco restaurant reported on both lists is the Tadich Grill, open since 1849. Just in time for summer retreats, this list offers many great out of the city getaways.
10. Tired of drunkenly munching on burritos after last call? Now there’s a cure for that, chicken and waffles! The aptly named Corner, on the corner of 18thand Mission, host to many types of restaurant pop-ups, is now hosting a late night, after hours pop-up. The Soul Groove Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Pop-Up is now open from Thursday to Saturday, 11p.m. to 3a.m. The sandwich itself consists of bacon wrapped, buttermilk fried piece of chicken served between two maple waffles and slathered with spicy barbecue sauce. Calorie counts have not yet been released.