Hot Dogs Stink, S.F. HuffPo Does Food, and Willie Brown Eats in the Mission
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
Looking for the hot dog cart near AT&T Park? Come back after July 27. The Department of Public Works is playing its lovely waiting game with Gorilla Pete, the hot dog vendor that had been parking on two corners near Caltrain and AT&T Park. LiveSOMA reports Gorilla Pete met opposition from the neighborhood, because, well, according to a couple of complaints, hot dogs stink and the economy is bad.
But apparently not everyone thinks hot dogs exude a crude odor. In the new San Francisco HuffPo that went live last night, one of the first stories was about fancy hot dogs. Seriously, it was. Also appearing on the new S.F. HuffPo a few times a month is chef Traci Des Jardins, who we mentioned yesterday.
First, Willie Brown was shopping around a food series. Now he's talking about visiting S.F. restaurants. The Inside Scoop reports his recent excursions were to Atelier Crenn, where he states the portions were so small that a diner couldn't gain weight from two visits, and Locanda, where if a diner finishes dinner, there's no room for dessert. Got it. Not hungry? Atelier. Hungry? Locanda.
Two slight changes: Inside Scoop reports Patisserie Philippe has changed owners and has altered its moniker to Bonjour Patisserie (655 Townsend at Seventh St.). Eater SF shares, via Fro-Yo Girl, that Glen Park's Eggettes froyo station has taken over the store and has become Rock It Swirl (2810 Diamond at Wilder). Gone are the Hong Kong-style egg puffs and the Eggettes' mascot.
More Food Truck News: Eater SF reports five food trucks are slated to show up at Outside Lands this year, in addition to the new food vendors. What the Fork gave word that Oakland's Bites on Broadway has returned. Organizer Karen Hester will have to limit the truck number to five and stay off the grass of the Technical High School. Apparently the school district is concerned about the liability associated with being on its lawn.
And a few openers: Eater SF reports the French restaurant Bistro Unique is getting closer to opening at 1849 Union (at Octavia). LiveSOMA counts two pending openers in its neighborhood. The first, AQ Seasonal Restaurant, is a California restaurant with Mediterranean and French influences, that is aiming for a late-summer opening. The second, De La Paz Cafe and Roastery, hopes to open the cafe beyond its current Friday-only hours in the next couple of months (1081 Mission at Seventh St).