The Poongaloong Challenge, Mood Food, Super Duper and Pearl's Deluxe Bring More Burgers

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

Yesterday Jonathan Kauffman shared Ed Lee's Poongaloong recipe - just as appetizing as it sounds. The Lee-created casserole anchored by hamburger meat, macaroni, and half-bottle of ketchup, didn't entice Kauffman to bring a batch to Bingo night, but he gave the assignment to SFoodie readers, and one, a Chowhounder named Melanie, answered the call.

In a series of tweets she detailed the cooking process, from pan-searing corn in bacon fat to adding the ketchup. And while we have a a hard time imagining a pyrex dish full of Poongaloong sitting in front of smiling faces, we'll admit we may have judged the dish too soon. "Thanks @jonkauffman for weird poongaloong story and inspiration. Can't figure out that name. Mom asked for leftover for lunch, but all gone." Who knew?

We've never been keen on the little mood food rhyme, such as Arby's odd "Good Mood Food" slogan, but we digress. Mood Thai Sushi and More, the Fisherman's Wharf combo restaurant looks to be slated for a shutter, according to Grub Street. The new owners are currently waiting on a liquor license.

Bouche (pronounced bush) is coming to Bush. Inside Scoop reports the seasonally-inspired French-California bistro from owner Guillaume Issaverdens will focus on small plates. The chef and opening date are still in the works.

More burgers please: The city can't get enough burgers, and soon there will be two more patty-centric places. Eater SF revealed that the mid-Market location of Pearl's Deluxe Burgers and the Marina's Super Duper will light up their grills and open their doors next week. Also, Eater SF shares the Chicago pizzeria Patxi's is slated to open their Irving location later this month.

After relocating from Townsend Center to SOMA, Caffe Moda is almost ready to reopen after a year's absence. According to LiveSOMA, the cafe is slated for 160 Seventh St. (at Natoma), but no opening date as of yet.

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