Tacos Surge, Ragazza Opens the Back Door, the Line Up Comes Back
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.
Tacos, tacos, tacos: If you missed it yesterday, SFoodie's Luis Chong checks out Taco Libre, the week-old taqueria launched by Nombe chef Vincent Schofield near S.F. State.
Luis Chong Vincent Schofield's tacos at Taco Libre.
• Meanwhile, Inside Scoop plumbs the ambitions of Nick "Crispy Taco" Fasanella, whose plans for the ex-Kasa space at 3115 Fillmore (at Pixley) involve a place named Tacko. The name's a nod to air traffic in Nantucket, where Fasnella wants ― someday ― to open a Tacko branch. Nothing like incorporating future planning in your nomenclature. The pitch: a menu with similarities to the one he presides over at Taco Shop at Underdogs, by which he most certainly means tacos. And other stuff. Tacko might open in May.
• And SFoodie's not totally certain, but we'd guess tacos will show up at the Line Up, which LiveSOMA happened to notice opened yesterday at 398 Seventh St. (at Harrison). Tag that a reopening, actually, for Leticia Luna's once and future sports bar.
Pies in the yard: Haighteration offers up a high-five for Thursday's win by Sharon Ardiana and Laurie Aaronson before the Planning Commission. For months, the Ragazza partners had been seeking to open the restaurant's back patio at 311 Divisadero (at Page) ― legally. Haighteration's Andrew D. urged readers yesterday to e-mail-blitz the Commission with notes of support, and it seems to've worked. Way to go, IMBYs.
Take crackers: And Naomi Starkman traces the new Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail, which weaves around some of the North Bay's most distinguished cheese makers. The lactose-intolerant might want to follow along on Google Maps.