Last month we told you about Blackwood, the new restaurant on its way to the former Chilayo space (2150 Chestnut Street). After a fast but significant remodel, the place is now open. It’s a new venture for the couple who own Sweet Maple and Fred’s Place in Sausalito, Steven and Ji Yeon Choi, and it’s billed as American-Thai fusion. You can see the menu here, complete with spins on classic Thai dishes like tom kha kai and larb, as well as wok-fried chicken breast with keffir lime and young peppercorn, and seared scallops over garlic egg noodles with asparagus and tamarind sauce. Also of note, they’re open every day at 8 a.m., and serve a breakfast menu until 4 p.m. daily with a bottomless mimosa option. [Scoop, Earlier]
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NOW OPEN – In addition to Canela, Inside Scoop points out some other notable openings this week. Delaney’s on Chestnut St. is now a cleaner version of its former self called Campus. A new Turkish restaurant called Grill House Mediterranean has opened at 533 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, and there’s a new Korean-American pop-up called Seoul Patch at Rocketfish on Potrero Hill. [ISSF]
FOOD TRUCKS – We live in a world where there’s a pop-up devoted to Rosh Hashanah. Old World Food Truck will appear at La Victoria next Wednesday with gefilte fish, latkes, and all the necessary fare. Find the full menu and ticket information on Mission Loc@l. [Mission Loc@l]
MENU REVEALS – For those wondering about the food on offer at the newly opened Ram’s Gate Winery across from the Infineon Raceway, the menu has just been passed on to us. As of now Jason Rose is offering two food “flights” to the public, featuring three different small plates paired with wines. Take a look. [EaterWire]
ONLY IN SF – Since you probably weren’t invited to this dinner, here’s what it looks like when star drag queen Juanita Moore cooks a farm-to-table dinner for eight people at farm:table in the Tender Nob. Quite delightful, actually. [SFist]
QUOTE OF THE DAY - “…why are so many menus exactly the same? People are really taking themselves way too seriously. At least they’ve stopped saying that the potatoes are from three quarters of a mile north of Uncle William’s farm.” —Former Stars chef Jeremiah Tower, on one of the subjects broached in his current book project California (Re-)Dish. [GrubStreet]
The window at Campus. [Photo: ISSF]
MARINA – Inside Scoop has the skinny on Castagna, the new business going into the former Crave City slot on Chestnut. Jerome and Stephane Meloni, the men of now-shuttered Cassis, will operate an all-day 18-seat cafe. They’re going the affordable route, starting with breakfast and lunch. Dinner will roll out with the liquor license, whenever that happens. [ISSF]
POP-UPS – Le Diner a San Francisco, a Parisian pop-up dinner where everyone brings their own food, wine, and tableware to a secret, “elegant,” “only in SF,” location and dresses all in white, will take place on October 14th. There’s only room for 1000 people, so get on this quick. Here are pictures of the NY event, which narrowly avoided shitshow-dom, and turned out ok in the end. [EaterWire, ENY]
BOOZEWIRE - Alameda-based St. George Spirits is releasing three new gins: the “fresh, elegant” Botanivore, “juniper-driven” Dry Rye Gin, and earthy, woodsy Terroir Gin. All of them will be available here next week. Or drop into the tasting room and have a little distillery tour and emotional support with your gin. [EaterWire]
THE TWITTERVERSE – If you were at Incanto last night, you saw Morimoto digging in: “great meal at #Incanto in SF last night. Thanks @offalchris.” [Twitter]
SAD NEWS DEPT. – The family of the man that was killed outside Hog & Rocks earlier this week is raising money to take his body home to Mexico for burial. Mission Loc@l has the details: “If you wish to donate, you can stop by Hog & Rocks at 3431 19th Street, or go to a Wells Fargo branch and ask to make a donation to account number 3114477635.” [ML@]
[Photo: Naseema Khan]
What you have here is a first look inside the Marina’s brand new Reed & Greenough, which, believe it or not, used to be Gravity. Yes, this Gravity. Owner Paul Owens, who counts Tortilla Heights among his other possessions, recruited Kendal Agins of Agins Interiors to come up with the design shown above. All the drinking lures you’d expect are there: dartboards, two pool tables, that 20-foot shuffleboard table we mentioned last week, plus dramatic bottom-lit bookcases and everyone’s favorite thirsty-maker, taxidermy.
Apparently, Agins scoured flea markets and antique stores for nine months to come up with all of this. On the libations front they’re touting good cocktails, a new animal in this neck of the woods. Most drinks on the list are made with the clear spirits, favored by local denizens. Then there are lighting-fast beer-pouring taps, presumably favored by all living beings. Early thoughts on all of this are encouraged over the tip wires or, of course, below.