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Cholita Linda's Brick-and-Mortar; Dixie's Balcones Dinner

Cholita Linda's farmer's market stand. [Photo: Lisa Lau]

TEMESCAL—The EBX has plenty of news on the new Temescal brick-and-mortar location of well-loved farmer's market vendor Cholita Linda. The 45-seat space will feature a range of Latin cuisine, from Peruvian roast chicken to Cuban sandwiches, as well as chef Vanessa Chavez' famed Baja-style fish tacos. The restaurant has been in the works for over a year (and had the added challenge of combining three existing spaces for its new location), but construction has finally started, and the team is aiming for an early-summer opening. [EBX]

PRESIDIO—As a prelude to the Whiskies of the World festival in April, Dixie is hosting a dinner this Thursday with Chip Tate, founder of Texas-based Balcones Whisky. Joseph Humphrey's dishes will include sunchoke panna cotta and chicken-fried quail, and will be paired with five of the distillery's best (as well as a Manhattan). Tickets are $90, all-inclusive, and available here. [EaterWire]

HAYES VALLEY—As Marlena's prepares to join the ranks of SF's many gone-but-not-forgotten gay bars, the owners are sending it out with a bang, starting with this week's 48th annual coronation of the drag emperors and empresses of the Imperial Court of San Francisco (a title once held by owner Garry "Marlena" McClain). They'll also have three final performances of their signature drag show, Follies, leading up to the big closing-night bash on Sunday, March 3. [Hayeswire]

RUSSIAN HILL—If you're looking to spice up your Oscar party (even if said Oscar party consists of you and a significant other or roommate), consider picking up one of Luella's bagged specials for the occasion, containing an array of fancy apps like a gaufrette with smoked salmon, artichoke crostini, wild mushroom bruschetta, an ahi tartare taco, and chocolate mousse. It's almost like being at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, minus the peer pressure to avoid eating anything at all. Each bag is $22, and there's a two-order minimum; reserve one here. [EaterWire]


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Cholita Linda

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