Drunken Pumpkin at Cupcakin'

 

Barcino (photo: Kelly Puleio)

Eat This Town: San Francisco

By Christina Mueller

Barcino’s new daily tasting menu
POP is the cute moniker for Barcino’s addictive plancha-seared octopus. Though the new daily tasting menu will showcase a variety of Spanish-style small plates from chef Ryan McIlwraith, POP is so popular, it not only helped kick off the new menu but is likely to make regular appearances. Other favorites, such as gazpacho and serrano ham, are here, too. At $39 for a starter, four tapas, and churros for dessert, this is a pre-theater treat that everyone can applaud.
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley MAP

Cantoberfest collaboration with Off the Grid and Magnolia Brewing Company
October 12 is the official kick-off date for Off the Grid’s beer collab with Magnolia Brewing Company. Call it Cantoberfest (we just did) and be sure to try the beer. Brut saison style dry-hopped with Galaxy and Hallertau Blanc hops, OTG x Magnolia Saison sells for $8 a can at the fest and at both Magnolia locations. Off the Grid’s VIP ticket ($25) for October 12, however, means pairing your beer with countless, one-of-a-kind bites like crispy, Maui onion-topped chicken sliders from Me So Hungry Too and veggie loaded fries from Turnt Up Tacos & Tortas. Bring a canned food item and get 10% off your VIP ticket price. Yum.
Neighborhood: Fort Mason MAP

Luke's Lobster (photo: Isabel Baer)

Luke's Lobster West Coast Shack Debut and Collaboration Brew
Maine transplant Luke's Lobster, rolls into San Francisco on October 11, bringing its renowned East Coast seafood and Atlantic Coast style to its newest outpost. This seafood “shack” sports lobster, crab, and shrimp, gussied up with a little melted butter, mayo, and the company’s secret spice blend, each embedded in a split-top roll. To celebrate their West Coast launch, Luke’s has paired up with
Black Hammer Brewing to create the Claw Hammer ($8 a pint). A saison-style beer made with hand-harvested West Coast kelp and ground lobster shells provided by Luke's East Coast fishermen, the Claw Hammer runs until the tap is dry. But the lobster roll ($16) is here to stay.
Neighborhood: SOMA MAP

The Drunken Pumpkin Pie at Cupcakin’
From its new home on Telegraph, Cupcakin' has started making its seasonal favorite, Drunken Pumpkin Pie ($3.75). Fragrant with pumpkin spice seasoning sourced from Oakland’s own Oaktown Spice Shop, the cake is filled with house-made caramel whipped with real Bourbon in a graham cracker crust. Topped with whipped cream frosting and a caramel drizzle, this treat is no trick but it will disappear like a Hallowe’en ghoul come November.
Neighborhood: Berkeley MAP

Onsen

Oolong tea tasting at Onsen
Oolong is more than just fun to say—it’s exciting to taste. Neither green nor black tea, oolong falls into its own category, sowing confusion and further setting it apart from other tea varietals. Never fear for the oolong tasting is here. On October 15, Onsen plays host to local tea purveyor Tap Twice Tea, who will pour six teas for guests to explore from source to cup. (Tickets are $20.) Sample oolong varietals such as Aged 4 Cultivar and Brandy Oolong, and be sure to stay for Onsen’s kombucha. Made with Phoenix Oolong, it will lift your spirits like the creature for which it is named. A soak in the communal bathouse after the tasting? Totally optional.
Neighborhood: Tenderloin MAP

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates Ice Cream Social
Pumpkin is obviously October’s favorite flavor, and Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates jazzes up this perennial favorite into a glam sundae ($9) at its October 20 Ice Cream Social. Stop in to savor Hearty Fork Farm Pumpkin Ice Cream brilliantly paired with Straus European Brown Butter ice cream and topped with warm pieces of monkey bread, sticky toffee raisin sauce, and Cowgirl Creamery crème fraîche. It’s enough to make a pumpkin lover blush.
Neighborhood: Cow Hollow MAP

Pancetta Cotta Pizza at Cento Osteria (photo: Nadia Andreini)

CENTO Osteria’s October Pizza
As if pizza needed its own month, October is in fact National Pizza Month, and the good people at CENTO Osteria have designed a doozy to celebrate: pancetta cotta pizza ($18). Topped with cured ham, house-made ricotta, pistachios, and arugula, the pizza spends a Napoli minute in the wood-fired oven, to emerge blistered with just the right amount of chew on the sourdough crust. Large enough to share, the pizza tastes even better when paired with a glass of Benanti Etna Rosso or Canayli Vermentino.
Neighborhood: South Beach MAP

Serpentine’s Spooky Sunday Supper
October 28 is close enough to All Hallow’s Eve to deserve its own scary special, and the Halloween-loving team at Serpentine are kicking off their seasonal Sunday Supper Series with a spooky, three course family-style dinner ($40) that honors their favorite scary movies. Arrive tableside to blackened “tombstones” of honeyed cornbread before digging in on Lector’s Pleasure (aka lamb’s liver mousse with lava purée, chianti, and grilled levain). The Raven, blackened silken chicken with caramelized butternut squash, black rice, and black walnuts swoops in as the main course, eerily followed by the blood-curdling madness of the Bad Apple. Creepy cocktails and menacing concoctions (not included) are available to pair with each course. At your own risk, of course.
Neighborhood: Dogpatch MAP

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