Another Underdogs takes over Bashful Bull Too
There’s a bit of consolation for regulars of the 27-year-old Parkside restaurant Bashful Bull Too at 600 Taraval (the original Bashful Bull closed after 40 years on Noriega). A second location of popular Sunset hangout the Taco Shop at Underdogs will be moving in to the space after a three-month remodel. “I’m very thankful to the previous owners of Bashful Bull Too, Lily and Cathy, have allowed me to open my restaurant Underdogs Too in the neighborhood where I reside,” reads a note on the door written by Underdogs owner Doug Marschke.
Get Boba Butt
A new boba tea spot at 714 Kearny will reportedly arrive with the really quite extraordinary name Boba Butt. Apparently, the owner let his kids name it. Children: They’re the future.
It’s Presidio Social Club barbecue season
Starting this Wednesday, July 11, through August 29th, the Presidio Social Club brings back its weekly (now extended) barbecue beer garden series (from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays). Chef Wesley Shaw, a native of Texas, dons his pit master hat to cook smoked beef ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and St. Louis ribs, aided by beer from Fort Point.
The Kon-Tiki has landed on some new menus
Downtown Oakland’s Tiki den the Kon-Tiki has updated its menu of fun, fanciful drinks, adding several lower-proof aperitifs and virgin delights like zero-proof pina coladas. Chef Manuel Bonilla has also updates his food menu, and will keep changing it constantly at his whim.
Bay Area human eats hot dogs
In case you missed it, this July Fourth, San Jose competitive eater Joey Chestnut broke the world record for hot-dog consumption, gobbling down 74 meat cylinders in just 12 minutes. The previous record was 72 — and it was also set by Chestnut. Take that as a reminder to be your own best competition.
Mission District Cha Cha Cha reopens after Health Department closure
The Mission location of tapas restaurant Cha Cha Cha is back open after the Health Department reportedly closed it for four days when an inspector found cockroaches and cockroach feces along restaurant walls, on cutting boards, and under bar tops and prep tables. Restaurant owner Irfan Yalcin took over the business from its original owners in 2016, and also bought the Upper Haight Cha Cha Cha location last summer. After the Mission Cha Cha Cha hired an exterminator and addressed the Health Department’s concerns, it was allowed to reopen.