Lord George (photo: Allison Weber)

On The Blackboard: July 25

By Trevor Felch

Maven and DUM unveil Celebratory Happy Hours
Whether it’s the summer vacation mindset or just the urge to leave work while the sun is still out, happy hour seems even more important this time of year, and the Mission’s Indian soul food restaurant, DUM, has started a steal of a happy hour deal Wednesday to Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.. Beers are $5 and wines by the glass are $6, but the various snacks are even more noteworthy. Enjoy finger licking–great glazed chicken wings or charred broccoli and cauliflower with a yogurt-cilantro sauce for just $6. If you need something to sop up the beers, look no further than the chaat masala garlic fries with tamarind and cilantro chutney. Meanwhile, the Lower Haight’s Maven realized that it’s even more fun when happy hour happens right after work and again late night. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and during the encore from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m., diners can enjoy the Maven Burger (one of the city’s best, by the way) and a draft beer for the price you’d pay usually for just the burger ($17).
Neighborhood: Mission MAP
Neighborhood: Lower Haight MAP

Presidio Social Club

Presidio Social Club’s Summer Barbecue and Biergarten
Each Wednesday through August 23, the Presidio’s popular elevated comfort food destination is offering one of the most beloved experiences of Americana culture: an outdoor barbecue—with good beer, of course. Chef (and Texas native) Wes Shaw gets the smoker going and fires up the grill for a Central Texas-style ‘cue with pulled pork, beef ribs, chicken, spareribs, and the mandatory brisket—not to mention Shaw’s house-made sauce. There’s also a particularly special Cheddar-jalapeño cornbread baked by pastry chef Rene Cruz (don’t miss the peach cobbler, either). It’s all rounded out by the restaurant’s partnership with their Presidio neighbor, Fort Point Beer, supplying the brews, and faraway neighbor, Macallan Highland Scotch, providing a fun Scotch tasting.
Neighborhood: Presidio MAP

A Cocktail Road Trip at Lord George
After wandering down the rabbit hole this spring with Kate Bolton's Alice in Wonderland menu for the first session of their “Mavericks” series of seasonally rotating guest bartender, SoMa bar Lord George is now taking a road trip across the US. The menu is literally a hand-drawn cartoon version of the country, with cocktails from New England (the Vermont includes Jamaican rum, Amaro Montenegro, and maple served in a syrup pitcher diner-style) to Seattle (Bourbon and coffee liqueur in the Coffee Cult cocktail). This season’s maverick is Andrew Calisterio, of the gin-centric Civic Center bar Whitechapel. If you drink all of the cocktails during the next few weeks, you win the Free Trip to Hawaii cocktail—a tropical beverage, not airfare, but a prize is still a prize, right? Make sure to hit this road by the end of September to enjoy drinks from SF to Nebraska to New York.
Neighborhood: SoMa MAP

Short Ribs at The Duchess (photo: Chelsea Rose Boss)

New Drinks and Eats at The Duchess
Still in its opening year, The Duchess in Oakland’s restaurant-filled Rockridge District recently made some substantial changes—both in the kitchen and the bar. On the drinks front, one of San Francisco’s top bar talents, Luis Ramos (formerly of Bourbon & Branch) moved east to run the cocktail program. He’s got all the craft cocktail hallmarks, like house-made syrups and tinctures with freshly squeezed juices in drinks like the Piña Movida, but he’s also playing with experimental forms, like a mezcal Negroni Jell-o and daiquiri ice pops. Enjoy Ramos’ creations in the restaurant’s new upstairs space, The Loft, open Thursday to Saturday nights. In terms of bites, new chef Andrew Greene (Troya, Social Kitchen & Brewery) is shifting the menu in more of a contemporary (and sometimes Japanese) direction, with dishes like fork tender short rib with oyster mushrooms, celery root, fiddlehead ferns, and a sharp ponzu reduction. Finally, the almost outrageously juicy Wagyu burger just might be the best new burger of 2017.
Neighborhood: Oakland (Rockridge) MAP

Michael Mina’s Restaurants Will Teach You About German Wines
Contrary to popular belief in San Francisco, riesling isn’t the only show in town when it comes to wines from Germany. All eight of the MINA Group’s San Francisco Bay Area restaurants are showcasing the diversity of Germany’s terroir, from sensational pinot noir (at nearly the same quality and a fraction of the price of Burgundy) to the sweet, refreshing kerner grape, which is perfect for summer porch drinking. Whether you’re having a bowl of tonkotsu ramen at The Ramen Bar, the tasting menu at Mina’s namesake flagship on California Street, or a happy hour glass at Clock Bar in the Westin St. Francis, there will be three glasses of German wine available through August. And you can still enjoy some lovely German riesling, too.
Neighborhood: FiDi, Union Square, Santa Clara and San Jose MAP

Slice House

Pizzas for a Cause at Slice House by Tony Gemignani
What can be better than a pizza from the maestro himself, 12-time pizza world champion Tony Gemignani? Make it a pizza for a good cause. For the second consecutive summer, Gemignani’s Second Street Slice by AT&T Park and Slice House by Tony Gemignani in Walnut Creek are offering pizza’s designed by Giants players. First baseman Brandon Belt Belt’s Monster Meat Pizza satisfies carnivores with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, onions, bell peppers, shaved Parmesan, romano, and chile oil on the side. Meanwhile, second baseman and New York native Joe Panik’s Panik Parm Pie combines breaded chicken cutlets, sliced mozzarella, and tomato sauce. Between now and September 20, a buck from each slice (and $6 from each whole pie) for these two creations goes to the George Mark Children’s House Fund-a-Bed Campaign.
Neighborhood: SoMa and Walnut Creek MAP

A New Lunch Menu at Chaya on the Embarcadero
With Bay Bridge views and a unique Euro-Japanese menu that has been a SF favorite for years, this Embarcadero destination just received a lunch menu revamp. An ahi poke bowl with hijiki seaweed and tobiko that’s beautiful enough to be a Cézanne still life is the headlining newcomer, but keep an eye out for pristine fresh King salmon spring rolls with an aji amarillo ponzu dipping sauce, thinly sliced honey-braised pork belly with summer succotash, and a flatbread topped with peach, grilled corn, prosciutto, and burrata that’s basically summer in a single bite. Of course, the same great sushi and sashimi are available, but Chaya’s new-look lunch gives the views a run for their money for the most compelling reason to dine here at noon.
Neighborhood: Embarcadero MAP

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