Town Hall (Nader Khouri Photography)

Eat this Town: San Francisco

By Trevor Felch

Town Hall’s Sunday Meat ‘n’ Threes
The good times roll every night at SoMa’s longtime spot for exciting takes on Southern food, but Sunday nights are particularly enticing. Town Hall just launched a “Meat ‘n’ Threes Sundays” prix fixe where $45 fills diners up with a choice of salad or soup, one of six meats and three of a dozen sides, and a closing dessert. The Southern tradition allows diners to go on the heartier side (gumbo, mac and cheese, hot smoked prime rib) or lean towards the lighter (butter lettuces with apples, grilled salmon with chow chow, spring peas and country ham) in case brunch was indulgent earlier in the day. The prix fixe already is an overwhelming amount of food, but guests can also add à la carte items including country ham plates, pimento cheese dip, and classic Southern cocktails (the boozy Fish House Punch is just $7.50 for a cup).
Neighborhood: SoMa MAP

Miller’s Rest turns one with 50 percent off everything
As it approaches its first birthday, Miller’s Rest is already a favorite of the Lower Nob Hill/Polk Gulch crowds but remains an under-the-radar secret for much of the city. That may be changing soon, since the rustic New American tavern is taking 50 percent off all menu items, for one day only (May 22), to celebrate Miller’s Rest’s big milestone. Everything from fries with peppercorn gravy to Grandma Pearl’s caramel rolls to the two signature dishes—the fried chicken plate and the house burger with tomato-bacon jam and Bourbon-Dijon aäoli—are all half-priced. The discount fun continues with cocktails, so there will definitely be the temptation to order a second round of smoked maple old-fashioneds.
Neighborhood: Lower Nob Hill MAP

Central Kitchen

Let the Central Kitchen Kitchen decide
Despite its outstanding seasonal Californian cooking, Central Kitchen is probably best known as “the nice restaurant next to Trick Dog”—and for its stunning atrium-like décor that seems straight out of a glossy magazine’s spread on the California Good Life. Now, diners have an added reason to linger in the beautiful space: a $65 prix fixe option where guests “Let the Kitchen Decide.” This could be anything from house-made charcuterie, pickled vegetables, and the addictive green onion powder-dusted fry bread, to some fresh vegetable compositions and thoughtful pastas (remember, pasta maestro Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water is the chef and owner here), to a large platter from the hearth like pork loin with fava beans and chicharrones. And then there’s dessert; beverage pairings are $45. All in all, a party of two might taste close to a dozen plates at a fraction of the à la carte price.
Neighborhood: Mission MAP

Thomas Keller tackles espresso
One of the biggest issues when visiting the Napa Valley has nothing to do with choosing which winery to visit. It’s the age-old problem of finding some coffee that’s on par with wines you’ve been tasting. After all, coffee is a lot like wine in terms of the importance of terroir and nuanced flavor profiles. Other than Ritual’s kiosk in Napa’s Oxbow Market, excellent caffeinated beverages are basically non-existent in the valley. Luckily, we have Thomas Keller to save us, just as he has with pretty much everything else food-related. The legendary chef just created a signature espresso blend with Marin County’s Equator Coffee & Teas that features a lighter roast, in turn elevating the coveted fruit notes of the coffee beans. The blend truly is global, sourced from a trio of high profile regions in Colombia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. You’ll be wide awake during your next Napa Valley visit this summer when having Sunday brunch at Ad Hoc or a special dinner at The French Laundry.
Neighborhood: Napa Valley MAP

Q Craft at Huichica Music Festival

Huichica Music Festival
As anyone who has dined at the likes of BottleRock and Outside Lands can attest, the food, drink, and music are outstanding at these music festivals—but the lines can be overwhelming. Luckily, Huichica Sonoma at the historic Gundlach Bundschu winery is much more approachable, and allows food and wine to play a similarly prominent role. This year’s festival on June 8 and 9 features Marla Bakery of the Outer Richmond, offering must-orders like skillet bread with burnt honey drizzle and a fried chicken sandwich with Carolina BBQ sauce on house-made pain de mie. Q Craft BBQ of Sonoma will serve grilled corn “elote” Mexican-style, smoked pork belly skewers with chimichurri, and smoked pork banh mi sliders. Other Bay Area favorites at the event include Verve Coffee of Santa Cruz, Bodega Bay Oysters, fresh juice from Happy Moose and Revive Kombucha of Sonoma, and the fresh farm-to-table fare of Central Market in Petaluma.
Neighborhood: Sonoma MAP

Starbelly’s patio picnic series is back
Few patios in San Francisco are as special as the one at this popular restaurant for pizza and seasonal comfort fare in the Castro. Fog or sun, it’s a great place to eat with fresh air any time of year, but now Starbelly is really putting its backyard to good use with the return of the quarterly patio picnic series. First up on Tuesday, May 22 is a whole-roasted pig feast with the meal’s centerpiece coming from the acclaimed Devils Gulch Ranch in Marin County. The porchetta-spiced pig comes with a few sides and is followed by a seasonal favorite of spring berry cobbler for dessert. Tickets are $45 and there are two seatings for the event, at 6 and 8 p.m.
Neighborhood: Castro MAP

Kahnfections (photo: Kristen Loken)

Kahnfections’ Summer Pies and Pride Macarons
San Francisco’s newest destination-worthy bakery, deep in the desserts-rich Mission neighborhood, Kahnfections is gearing up for the celebrations of summer with plenty of that beloved Americana warm-weather treat: pie. The bakery’s roster kicks off with caramel-apple crumble pies during Memorial Day weekend, where mini-pies are sold at the counter for $3.50 each, while full-size special order pies are offered for $36. The bakery will also celebrate Pride month with a half-dozen cocktail-flavored, rainbow-colored macarons, representing the ROYGBV spectrum of the rainbow as a $12 set. The rainbow roster features red (strawberry daiquiri), orange (Bellini), yellow (piña colada), green (Midori sour), blue (Blue Moon), and violet (Purple Haze).
Neighborhood: Mission MAP

Brunch by the Bay at La Mar
What makes any Sunday brunch even more special? Besides another pitcher of mimosas, that is. Well, being on San Francisco’s gorgeous Bayfront, of course. So, it’s very welcome news that La Mar Cebicheria Peruana has launched its first ever Sunday brunch service as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Peruvian classics like ceviche and causas are on the menu, but diners can also look forward to brunch fare like Dungeness crab, avocado, and poached egg on focaccia toast with aji amarillo cream, and the quirky “Burger Nikkei,” a grilled salmon burger with pickled vegetables, jalapeño, huacatay cream, miso-aji panca sauce, and an egg tortilla. There are also plenty of pisco sours being poured, but diners can also enjoy large format cocktails to accompany your table from late morning well into the afternoon.
Neighborhood: Embarcadero MAP

Cowgirl Creamery (photo: Isabel Baer)

Happy Hour is Cheese Hour at Cowgirl in the Ferry Building
Skip the usual happy hour deals on gin and tonics and Manhattans, and opt for something different: cheese. Yes, you can get some of the best cheese in the country at Cowgirl Creamery’s Sidekick Cafe in the Ferry Building, where it’s the Cheesemonger Roundup during happy hour time, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. Guests can talk with the cheesemongers about how best to curate their late afternoon snack of a cheese plate of one ($6.95), three ($12.95), or five cheeses ($18.95). The melted cheese joy of raclette is also offered during this time at $6.95 and you can round out the Roundup with wines from North Bay icons, Scribe, and Domaine Carneros, or beer (including experimental brews) from Lagunitas.
Neighborhood: Embarcadero MAP

Rosé during the day at Dyafa
Jack London Square’s new California-influenced Arabic restaurant is giving the ever-popular weekend day-drinking go-to some weekday action with its fascinating Tuesday through Friday lunch rosé flight ($16). Beverage director Aaron Paul chooses four rosés and gives guests a two-ounce pour of each one. Right now, the four rosés are from four different countries with completely different grapes in each, so the experience is both fun and educational. It’s a great way to spend a Friday afternoon or make a Tuesday feel like a Saturday, especially when the rosés are paired with a mezze sampler and the “Steph Curry” turmeric-spiced cauliflower “saj” flatbread wrap.
Neighborhood: Oakland MAP

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