Cheese, charcuterie, and more
The owners of Carmel Pizza Company are back with another restaurant in the most touristy part of the city: Altalena Vinoteca at 448 Beach Street. A bit unusual for the neighborhood, it’s a wine bar and full-service deli, with a simple menu of small bites, salads, cheese, charcuterie, bruschetta, panini, and other sandwiches. Wines hail from California as well as France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Folks can also tackle the wine list and order wood-fired pies from Carmel Pizza Company instead. A grand opening party takes place Saturday, December 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Not just khao mun gai
Despite the recent merger of two growing Bay Area chicken-and-rice chains, new options for the humble dish continue to emerge. The latest is Gai, a fast-casual spot opening Sunday, December 9, in the Castro’s former Sofia Cafe space (3463 16th Street). Unlike the Thai-focused Rooster & Rice and Chick’n Rice, Gai will serve the poached chicken and rice dish with one of the appropriate Thai, Vietnamese, or Chinese sauces. Diners can also choose between chicken-infused rice, brown rice, or salad, and mixed chicken meat, chicken breast, or tofu.
Grilled meats and bingsu
The owners of South San Francisco’s Siam Spoon have opened a new restaurant, Ping Yang Thai Grill & Dessert, in the former Little Henry’s space at 955 Larkin Street. The Tenderloin space remains no-frills, though now it serves grilled skewers and Korean-style shave ice.
Brazilian bon bons
Brazilian-style chocolatier TinyB Chocolate has opened a pop-up shop at 29 Evelyn Way in Twin Peaks, so you can finally check out the online company’s brigadeiros in real life. No exact end date has been announced yet, but you can probably expect to find it through the holiday season from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
More enticing holiday specials
Outer Richmond favorite Cassava is offering a couple of new specials for the holiday season: foie gras torchon on toast with peppered cranberry compote and a champagne cocktail with bitters and a sugar cube.
Bring on the beer
SF Beer Week is already on its way — the opening gala and kick-off party to well over a week of beer-fueled events will officially take place on Friday, February 1 at Pier 35. Tickets just went on sale (and always sell out) for $80.