Rice Paper Scissors' Brunch: Exactly As Good As You're Hoping

Pete Kane
Fried egg banh mi.

Vietnamese street food champion and all-around social media darling Rice Paper Scissors has made the move from pop-up to permanently stationed restaurant, inside Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Mission and Duboce -- and now they're doing brunch, too. Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan are apparently incapable of a misstep, and while the prices are a tad higher than some other banh mi in town, you can taste why.

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Sammy's Aloha: A Hawaiian-Style Pop-Up on the Bay

Anastasia Crosson
Sammy's Aloha ahi poke bowl with Thai black sticky rice, topped with a poached egg, salmon roe and garden fresh fixings.
San Francisco's cool bayside breezes may be far from the sunny shores of "the big island," but that doesn't stop lines from forming outside Sammy's Aloha (no website). Occupying a curbside corner of the takeout window at Butterfly on Pier 33, this casual Hawaiian-style pop-up that took the place of Pan Grill serves a unique take on the usual suspects, like kalua pork and loco moco.

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Talking Tacos with Tartine Bakery's Cameron Wallace

Loqui taco
Liv Combe
A birria de res taco from Loqui.

Antojitos should be spicy. Antojitos should be eaten standing, served from an open kitchen where you interact with the chefs. Antojitos should never include chips and salsa. These are just a few of the guiding tenets at Loqui, the taco pop-up located in a space owned by Tartine Bakery. Every Friday and Saturday, Tartine baker Cameron Wallace turns out tacos--fish, birria de res, carnitas--on hand-made and made-to-order corn and flour tortillas, transforming the window between the bakery and Pizzeria Delfina on 18th Street into his own Little Mexico.

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S.F.'s Controversial Bagel Pop-Up Returns to Dear Mom

Categories: Pop-Up

How long would you wait for a bagel and cream cheese?
Gentlemen, start your outrage: Everyone's favorite imported-from-New-York bagel pop-up is back. You may remember a month or so back to a rainy Saturday when there were 2+ hour lines outside of Dear Mom for bagels overnighted from New York's Russ & Daughters. Now Sonia Haynes and Wes Rowe, collectively called Eastside Bagels, are back for a second round despite the controversy that surrounded their last outing. Things will be more streamlined this time around -- they won't be messing around with eggs and meat, just schmears, and they're capping the number at 180 bagels.

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Bespoke Doughnuts Are For Fancy Gluttons

Pete Kane
Bespoke Donuts' Thyme Trave

For whatever reason, $4 toast caught on to be theindictment of foodie culture at it's most decadent. (But it's really good). And now, like a bid on The Price is Right that just edges out the previous contesant's bid, come $4.50 doughnuts from Bespoke. They are also really good -- and have nothing to do with the "Bespoke Donuts" Krispy Kreme made for 2011 UK Fashion Week, although Bespoke's proprietors do wear charming bow ties.

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Weekly Event Planner: Wine & Chocolate, Napa vs. Sonoma Throwdown, French Fine Dining Pop-Up, and More

Categories: Events, Pop-Up

Dandelion Chocolate/Molly DeCoudreaux Photography
Wine & Chocolate
When: Thursday, Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia Street
Cost: $40-$50
The rundown: Chocolate alone is great. Chocolate with wine is even better. Guests will follow the journey from cacao to chocolate bar, stopping at five specific stages in the process to try each with a California wine. The event includes a tour of the chocolate factory, five generous wine pairings provided by the Sonoma/San Francisco based Wattle Creek Winery, and samples of Dandelion Chocolate. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

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Tango & Stache Popping Up For Tacos All Day at the New Melange Market

Categories: Opening, Pop-Up

Facebook/Melange Market
Melange Market is the new cafe at ODC Theater at 17th and Shotwell from the folks behind AQ and TBD, peddling De La Paz coffee, pastries from AQ's pastry chef Maya Erickson, beer and wine, and a rotating cast of pop-ups. Today (Fruday)
you can check out the new space (which has cafe lights and an adorable "curtain" made of vintage eggbeaters) while eating bahn mi tacos courtesy of Josh Wilder Oakley at Tango & Stache

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Pop-Up Planner, Feb. 3-9: New York Bagels, Marla Bakery's Dinner Series, Fancy Brunch

Categories: Pop-Up

Yelp/Matthew M.
For many ex-New Yorkers, it doesn't get much better than Russ & Daughters bagels.
Eastside Bagels
When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Dear Mom, 2700 16th St.
Cost: A la carte
The rundown: This bagel-centric pop-up from Wes Rowe (Wesburger) and pal Sonya Haines should get you off on the right foot for the start of Beer Week. Bagels overnighted from legendary New York deli Russ & Daughters (plain and everything) can be topped with schmears including plain, jalapeno, scallion & garlic, and olive. You can also get open-faced sandwiches, including one with house-made pastrami, slow-poached egg, and bell pepper, potato, and red onion slaw; a schmear of choice topped with house-cured lox, capers, and shallots; or a schmear of choice topped with crispy kale, tomato, and avocado. Wash it all down with a Dear Mom Bloody mary and you'll be set for the day.

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Drink of the Week: Nek Minnit at Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Lou Bustamante
I'll admit that I had flashbacks of my younger days when I was walking into Waiheke Island Yacht Club, the temporary New Zealand restaurant inside Pier 29. The restaurant occupies a small corner of the cavernous space that once housed other businesses attached to the America's Cup Park.

As someone who spent much of his youth chasing warehouse dance parties, it was hard not feel like this was one of those events, but with much nicer furniture, drinks, and food. Perhaps this explains the appeal that the trippy Nek Minnit ($12, Pere Magloire Calvados or Lepanto PX Spanish Brandy, Luxardo Limoncello, hibiscus gel, sauvignon blanc verjus) had on me.

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Pop-Up Planner, Dec. 10-16: Stuffed Mochi Dumplings, Half-Smoked/Half-Baked Brisket Sliders and Holiday Cookies

Categories: Pop-Up

Rice Paper Scissors
Rice Paper Scissors
When: 11:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dear Mom
The rundown: It's the perfect season for a hot bowl of soup. Rice Paper Scissors is hosting a Vietnamese brunch to warm up these ccc-cold winter days. Their pho and rice plates take center stage, complemented by a cast of appetizers, Vietnamese drinks, and warm dessert. Pho Ga (chicken pho) with a special version, Pho Ga Long, will be served with chicken offal such as poached egg yolks and chicken liver. A duo of rice plates will be served with options like Vietnamese beignets, fried and topped with cinnamon and coconut jam to seal the meal.

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