SF’s third annual restaurant awards
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has revealed the nominees for the Saucy Awards, including best pastry chef, rising star chef, manager, fast-casual restaurant, cocktail program, and more. China Live, Californios, SingleThread Farms, and Acquerello earned nominations for Exceptional Full-Service Restaurant of the Year, while Alex Hong (Sorrel), Kim Alter (Nightbird), Kyle Connaughton (SingleThread Farms), and David Nayfeld (Che Fico) could snag the Chef of the Year title. The winners in all 21 categories will be announced at a gala on November 12. Find the full list of nominees here.
Luke’s Lobster, finally!
East Coast chain Luke’s Lobster opens today at 92 2nd Street, with steamed lobster, crab, and shrimp tucked into soft, buttered rolls. You’ll also find clam chowder and other New England classics in a casual but classy, East-meets-West Coast atmosphere.
Mid-century dinner parties
Over in Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood, Bardo Lounge & Supper Club is officially open. The space is positively decked out in mid-century furniture, lamps, artwork, coasters, and glassware, with a quirky, 1960s dinner party-themed menu to match.
It’s time to watch Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Goodbye for now, Smokebread
As we know, Nick Balla is planning a restaurant built around food waste. Unfortunately, that also means his time popping up at The Perennial with Smokebread’s Hungarian dips and spoon salads is coming to a rapid close. Tomorrow marks the last day of the lunch pop-up.
Gelato no more
Holy Gelato! in Old Oakland has closed after about two years in business. The flagship location in the Inner Sunset remains open.
Taiwanese bubble tea shop OneZo has opened its first U.S. location in Oakland’s Chinatown at 362 8th Street, Unit A. It’s known for making its own boba in-house daily.
A worthwhile read about dosas
Eater has a cool feature today on how dosas have come to act as culinary ambassadors for south Indian cuisine as well as launch a fresh wave of south Indian-inspired restaurants, including DOSA and dosa by DOSA.