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The Cliff House Curse, Mid-Week Openings, and More A.M. Intel

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Cliff House
Cliff House
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Is there a Cliff House curse?

Cliff House, that restaurant perched above the Pacific Ocean, has a pretty extensive history in this city. It opened in 1863 as a roadhouse, and was later gentrified in 1883. Along the way there have been several disasters that led to what may be called a curse. You can read all about it here in a comprehensive history of the restaurant in The Chronicle.

Some mid-week openings

Organic Coup on Kearny Street
Organic Coup on Kearny Street
Organic Coup

As of today, three new restaurants are available for the eating. The second SF location of Organic Coup is now up and running at 222 Kearny St., the Forage Kitchen cafe is going strong with a menu from Pal’s Takeaway, which you can see in full below, and the Walnut Creek location of clean-eating restaurant True Food makes its debut, too.

Cala tweaks brunch

Some changes to Cala’s brunch start in November. The Mexican restaurant is ending Saturday brunch after Saturday, October 29, in order to focus on Saturday dinner service. Not to worry: Sunday brunch is still alive and well.

Oakland’s Nellie’s Soulfood is (most likely) coming back

When the 50-year-old Nellie’s Soulfood in Oakland closed this past June, owner Nellie Ozen said she planned to retire. Looks like, though, that Ozen has changed her mind, and she’s “90 percent” into a deal to reopen Nellie’s at a bar in West Oakland, taking over kitchen operations, EBX reports. It will be a leaner menu, but Nellie’s nonetheless. Stay tuned for more.

A ghost pepper burger tragedy

Turns out ghost peppers are really no joke. A 47-year-old San Francisco man found that out when he ate a burger topped with ghost pepper puree that cause a one-inch-wide tear in his esophagus and a 23-day stay at UCSF Medical Center, SF Gate reports. Read more about the gruesome details here.

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