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February 2014 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Los Angeles food truck Lobsta Truck has rolled north into San Francisco, bringing New England-style lobster and crab rolls to the Bay. Twenty-nine-year-old founder and owner Justin Mi is a UC Berkeley grad, but also has family ties in New England, hence the East Coast bent in cuisine. The truck has debuted a new fish ‘n’ chips plate exclusive to San Francisco, alongside clam chowder, lobster bisque, whoopie pies and the lobster and crab sandwiches on split-top rolls with either hot drawn butter or seasoned mayo. Look for them at Off The Grid food truck events. Lobsta Truck, Locations vary, San Francisco, CA 94109, no phone.
 
Sachin Chopra, chef of Peninsula favorite All Spice, will bring his cuisine to San Francisco with Game in the former Masa's space inside the Executive Hotel Vintage Court. On board as executive chef is Zack Freitas, current chef de cuisine at All Spice, and Chopra's wife and business partner Shoshana Wolff is co-owner and wine curator. Chopra is known for his California-Indian cooking but this first San Francisco venture will feature food dubbed "new American exotic" --- namely game animals such as bison, Guinea hen, pheasant and venison alongside more conventional cuts of grass-fed beef and wild fish, blended with innovative ingredients and spices. Look for an opening in the coming months. Game, 650 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-392-4666, 888-388-3932.
 
The space that housed North Beach classic Washington Square Bar & Grill on and off under various owners from 1973-2010 will see some new life starting spring 2014. Chef-owners Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara (Sons & Daughters, Sweet Woodruff) will open The Square restaurant and bar in the historic building off Washington Square Park, and plan to offer straightforward, approachable American cuisine and cocktails made with high-quality ingredients. Look for a March debut. The Square, 1707 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94133, no phone.
 

News Bytes

Bigger Digs at La Mar
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana has unveiled a newly remodeled lounge with banquette seating and expanded patio to their waterfront venue, increasing the heated outdoor seating capacity to 130 guests. A lively, upscale choice for Embarcadero dining since its debut in 2008, the modern Peruvian restaurant features Gaston Acurio's cuisine and Peruvian-inspired cocktails with terrific views of the Bay. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-397-8880.
 
Bread on the Rise
Burgers, fire cooking, pickles --- Bay Area restaurant trends are fun (and tasty) to follow, but one of local chefs' more recent priorities really gets back to basics. Fresh, house-made bread is appearing in baskets, alongside cheeses and around sandwiches in San Francisco and in the Bay --- a product many restaurants used to leave to local companies such as Acme Bread. Now, Quince and Cotogna, led by pastry chef Alen Ramos, have taken over their own baking in twice-daily batches using Cotogna's wood-fired oven, organic flours and heirloom grains. Outerlands, Rich Table and of course Tartine Bakery and Bar Tartine, whose famous breads are growing increasingly innovative from baker Chad Robertson, remain wonderful sources of fresh bread products.
 

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