Eat Real Festival


Tuesday Night Suppers at Poggio Trattoria

Eat This Town: San Francisco

By Christina Mueller

Eat Real Festival
From September 14 to 16, Jack London Square transforms into the epicenter of the Bay Area’s eating movement. Stroll along the Embarcadero lined with pop-up stands and trucks from fifty food, wine, and beer vendors, and do your part to revitalize local food systems by eating and drinking. Savor Hawaiian bites from Poki Time, sample unique seafood creations at alaMar Kitchen & Bar, or dip into the atypical Filipino eats from Jeepney Guy. You can also slake your late summer thirst with Red Branch Cider or a cold brew from Drake’s. Entrance to the festival is free, with a variety of food, beverage and entertainment options for attendees to choose from. Looking for a more up close and personal festival experience? Ticketed classes offer attendees the chance to learn about everything from cheese making to pickling to malts to butchery–yep, that includes a half hog breakdown.
Neighborhood: Oakland’s Jack London Square MAP

Poggio Trattoria’s Tuesday Night Suppers
Family-style eating is oh-so Italian, and Poggio’s Tuesday Night Supper series has proven so popular, it getting a reprise for the finest of months: September. Settle into a family-sized booth and start things off with one of Poggio’s iconic Negroni cocktails, then linger over four or five seasonal antipasti plates, a frutti di mare pasta entrée, and lemon mousse for dessert, all prepared a la minute by chef Benjamin Balesteri. At $35 per person (cocktails not included), it’s the best deal on any side of the Bay.
Neighborhood: Sausalito MAP

True Laurel

True Laurel x Joe Sasto
On September 20, join chef Joe Sasto at True Laurel for a one-night pop-up inspired by his favorite bar snacks and paired cocktails. A helping of gratitude is included with every lip-smacking crunch of the $13 to $15 “bites,” like puffed pasta “nachos” with refried ceci beans, pickled ramps, parmigiano fonduta, and Senise peppers. To top it off, a portion of food sales will be donated to the ACLU Northern California Chapter.
Neighborhood: Mission MAP

Lord Stanley’s Full English Breakfast
Lord Stanley is not generally noted for preparing the foods of the British Isles, but that may soon change. Starting October 7 and running occasional Sundays through December (November 11, December 2, and December 30), Lord Stanley will dish up the King of Breakfasts, the Full English. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, say “Full English,” please, then sit back and await a single plate, larded with fried eggs, toast, toasted tomatoes, bacon, sausage, and the English delicacy known as black pudding. It’s bloody delicious and singularly hearty, especially with the included sides of beans and brown sauce. Tickets are $25 and do not include drinks.
Neighborhood: Russian Hill MAP


Cocktails for a Cause at Curio
If the bird cages full of bones or the glowing wall of clocks signaling an ascent to the afterlife don’t catch your eye, the monthly drink special here should. Every month, Curio supports its community through the Cocktails for a Cause program, enriching the coffers of Mission and San Francisco-based nonprofits. Throughout September, you can get the $14 Griffin cocktail (brandy laced with St. George spiced pear, Benedictine, nocino, and clove) and Curio will donate $1 to the SF SPCA. The pet animals you support won’t say “thank you,” but the humans at Curio might.
Neighborhood: Mission MAP

Jasper’s Tap Invasion
On September 21, at the time of day generally known as happy hour (4 to 8 p.m.), Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen will succumb to an all-out tap invasion, courtesy of local brewers Golden State Cider. All of Golden State Cider’s current releases, including the Mighty Dry, will be on offer and available for pairing with Jasper’s signature dishes (try the Mighty Dry with the grilled chicken sandwich). With Pippin apples sourced exclusively from a single farm in Monterey county, Golden State’s Harvest Series cider, Newtown Pippin, is not only single varietal but single orchard. It’s that cool. Bonus: the Newtown Pippin’s flavors of caramelized honey and peppercorn pair beautifully with a plate of Jasper’s braised short ribs. A flight of four ciders is $5.
Neighborhood: Union Square MAP

Piri Pica

Piri Pica’s Taste of Portugal
Chef Temo Faria hails from the Azores, a series of Portuguese islands due west of the Iberian peninsula, and his latest restaurant, the fast-casual Piri Pica, highlights a dish that reflects the Azores as an historic crossroads of global flavors: piri piri chicken. Swahili for “chile,” the piri piri here is done up as a whole chicken, dubbed the Pica!Pica!Pica! (it’s extra-spicy). Get its hot deliciousness plus sides of saffron rice and braised greens for $32.95. Milder taste buds can opt for the chicken without heat. Dinner is served.
Neighborhood: Mission MAP

Daily Dog at William Tell House
Marin’s oldest saloon, William Tell House, recently reopened with chef Austin Perkins’ California coastal cuisine turning the land- and sea-sourced bounty of Marin into some of the freshest eats around. Perkins brings the same care and attention to the Daily Dog ($10), available at lunch and dinner as part of the summer pop-up menu at Tell House. As summer transitions to fall, look for the dog menu to include the Smokehouse Dog, loaded with braised brisket, BBQ sauce, and fried shallot. And when you simply cannot eat another oyster, try the Grilled Cheese Dog. Paired with tomato soup, it makes a warming antidote to the foggy chill of Tomales Bay.
Neighborhood: Tomales (Marin) MAP

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