Very near the ballpark, South of Market has a new sandwich shop, Merigan. It's a project from Liz Shaw, formerly of the legendary A16, and it wears its Italian-American heart on its sleeve. If you're from the Empire, Garden or possibly Nutmeg State -- or wherever sandwiches like this are called "heroes" -- you will like them.
Pete Kane The $9 Half Italian Combo (here halved again): mortadella, salami, prosciutto cott, provolone, lettuce, onion, tomato, dressing and hots.
What better dish to celebrate a dessert date than with a sweet treat that shares its name with the occasion's namesake? Before hitting the SOMA bars this weekend, stop by AQ for a drink and dessert: A sweet date pastry cake that is pretty much a plate of autumn.
Date Cake, AQ Restaurant and Bar
While it's up for debate whether the very best things in life are indeed free, we do know that some wonderful things are very cheap.
We've all been there. It's Sunday afternoon. You're in the middle of running what feels like a million errands when hear something growl. You stop, put down the Vitamix you can't afford, and realize that it has been an ungodly number of hours since your last meal.
All too often, you're faced with the dismal reality of nothing but an Ikea meatball in sight. Not if you find yourself at the SOMA shopping center on 9th and Bryant. There, among Bed Bath & Beyond, Trader Joe's, and Nordstrom Rack, stands Publico UrbanTaqueria, a postage stamp-size eatery offering salvation for starving shoppers.
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There have been too many a long and drunken night where I've floundered into hofbraus like Lefty O' Doul's with just enough singles to get me a corned beef sandwich to smooth out the inevitable rocky morning after.
Rhys Alvarado Debbie Ward continues the 103-year-old family tradition of curing beef.
No insight as to where this hangover savior has come from. No care but for my own, wasted well being. No idea of the unique history that corned beef has in this city.
So it must have been fate that led me to Debbie Ward in the upstairs office of the city's oldest corned beef plant, adorned with throwback deli photos of sky-high pastrami sandwiches, shamrock clocks, and dated menus of days when the stuff would cost but 25 cents a pound. For the past 103 years, Roberts Corned Meats has been providing corned beef and pastrami to Lefty O'Douls, Mel's Drive Inn, Tommy's Joynt, and a long list of big hitters in the city and around the bay.
"We've weathered the time because we're a specialty house," Ward says.More »
Classic cocktails are a little bit like ghosts: apparitions from bygone eras who have weathered the test of time, and who are not allowed to cross to the other side until their work in this mortal plane is complete. Originally commanded by great spirit guides of the 19th and 20th centuries, conjuring up one of these cocktails to do your bidding merely requires performing the proper incantations with your jigger, while uttering the commands from your bar necronomicon.
On Saturday, SOMA's Bergerac, right under the Audio Discotech on 11th Street at Folsom, opened a portal to past. At first glance, the warmly lit bar looks like an industrial-colonial fusion, contrasting a utilitarian steel trunk-made-table with worn leather armchairs and couches adorned with cowhide and fur. A closer inspection of the Far Eastern relics and antler-embellished mantle brings to imagination what Teddy Roosevelt's den would look like: an imperialist's haven.
Alyssa Jaffer The Bergerac egg: Freezer-cured yolk wrapped in black pudding and crisped in Anchor summer beer tempura.
Dillon Lockwood has always found himself behind the scenes.
Rhys Alvarado Punches are available on tap and served by the goblet, pitcher or a three-pour flight.
In high school, Lockwood built sets, furniture and assembled rigging for musical productions and upcoming plays and shows. After graduation, Lockwood moved to SF, taking on barbacking gigs at the Burritt Room and even crafted root beer syrups and new seasonal items for The Ice Cream Bar and Soda Fountain.
Now during the day, when Novela's ownership is talking numbers and barbacks are squeezing citrus, Lockwood is in usual form, behind the scenes, crafting the next batch of punch that will be poured for hundreds of revelers that evening.More »
It's clear from the moment you walk in the door that Blueprint Tap Room aspires to become the Peach Pit (or possibly the Max) for tech workers within a half-mile radius of Zynga, which happens to be across the street. It's a poured-concrete, bro'd-out, ground-level loft space that's practically deafening at half capacity. And there's a schematic of "the internet," poking fun at former Senator Ted Stevens' notorious remark that the information superhighway is "not a big truck. It's a series of tubes."
After public outcry and six months of restoration, Maxfield Parish's The Pied Piper of Hamelin is back at the Palace Hotel for good.
Palace Hotel The painting that spans 16 feet long by six feet deep is valued at $3 to $5 million.
The Pied Piper became the center of attention in March after hotel owners wanted to put the painting that is valued at $3 to $5 million on auction at Christie's in New York. The Pied Piper has been a part of the Palace Hotel for more than 100 years.More »