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Smuggler's Cove, ABV Named Among Best Bars in America, More A.M. Intel

Plus, more SF restaurants are for sale

Smuggler's Cove

SF is still on top of the cocktail world

If you were on social media this weekend, serious FOMO induced with all the photos of the annual New Orleans bar celebration Tales of the Cocktail. This year, San Francisco took home two awards, with ABV winning Best American Bar Team and Smuggler’s Cove being named Best American Cocktail Bar, as judged by 100 peers across the country.

More SF restaurants for sale

Add Radish and Osha Thai to the long list of SF restaurants for sale. Osha is going for $300,000, for unknown reasons, while Radish is selling its business because the landlord is selling the property.

"You Don’t Need a Restaurant Empire to Be a Successful Chef"

That’s Eater National’s latest feature, a deep dive into influential chefs who are content with one restaurant. In fact, seven of 10 restaurants are stand-alones with one location, but that’s something that seems a little rare in SF, where scaling up can help with operating costs, and big-time restaurant groups like Hi Neighbor, which started with one restaurant (Stones Throw), are expanding and opening fast casual spots (Corridor) as of late. The piece specifically talks to the Camino team; click on over here for a more thorough read.

La Taqueria expands to Turlock

Beloved Mission-style burrito slinger La Taqueria is growing on up. Headed to Turlock is a brand-new location of the taqueria. It will open soon at 2151 W. Main St.; follow along here for updates.

Sophia Loren, Lidia Bastianich, more show up for Margrit Mondavi

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Napa Valley grand dame Margrit Mondavi is widely credited for being responsible for the area’s cultural relevance, and her 90th birthday party at Far Niente Winery Saturday night was star-studded as proof. Italian film actress Sophia Loren sat by her side, Italian celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich and NYC’s Felidia executive chef Fortunato Nicotra cooked the meal, and Grammy-nominated vocalist Monica Mancini sang two songs while (also Grammy-nominated) jazz player Dave Koz played the saxophone. Mondavi was in good spirits, and as sassy as ever.

El Buen Comer opens for dinner

Previously only open for lunch, the Bernal Heights permanent home for El Buen Comer is now serving dinner, too, Bernalwood reports.