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Buzzy Cal-Italian Restaurant Sorrel Debuts New Tasting Menu

Plus cupcakes, rolled ice cream, and more intel

Patricia Chang

The fancy just got fancier

Pacific Heights hotspot Sorrel launched a new prix-fixe menu yesterday, going back to the days when it was a weekly tasting menu pop-up. While the exact offerings will frequently change just like the rest of the menu, guests can expect a five-course meal for $85, with wine pairings for $55 and other bonuses for an extra splurge. For now, it’s a selection of dishes from the regular menu, but in the future, chef Alex Hong hopes to add items that are exclusive to the tasting menu.

Cupcake expansion

Berkeley’s Cupcakin’ Bake Shop is on major expansion mode, but first, it’s relocating from 2435 Durant Avenue to 2391 Telegraph Avenue. The new location debuts today at 11 a.m., and owner Lila Owens will hand out some free mini cupcakes to celebrate. This fall, Cupcakin’ will also take over the former Virginia Bakery spot in Berkeley and move into Swan’s Market in Oakland.

Southern-leaning cocktails

Dogpatch favorite Serpentine has formally announced its new bar manager, Alex McGregor, who took over last month after working behind the bar at Serpentine for two years. He’s now expanding the bar’s offerings with seasonal punches, rare Southern spirits, Southern-inspired cocktails, and a secret negroni and old fashioned menu — it’s “secret” because you have to ask for it.

Hi, Joe Sasto

Also known as Mustache Joe on Top Chef, Joe Sasto will return to his old stomping grounds of SF with a pop-up at True Laurel next week. Inspired by his favorite bar snacks — like nachos, corn “ribs,” and chicken parm — Sasto will serve dishes a la carte for $9-$15 from 5 p.m. until sell out on Thursday, September 20. True Laurel bar director Nic Torres will provide two special cocktails for the evening, and portions of the proceeds will benefit the Northern California ACLU chapter.

Rolled ice cream alert

Milpitas-based chain Icicles will open a Berkeley location Saturday, September 15, bringing the city its first Instagram-ready, Southeast Asian-style rolled ice cream. The novelty treat is made to order on a frozen pan, and then wound up tightly into attractive sundaes.

Pizza served by the square

A new Mission Bay spot is serving Detroit- and Sicilian-style pies — both styles are known for their thick crusts and rectangular builds. At the aptly named Pizza Squared, you’ll find both classic and nontraditional toppings, like bulgogi meatballs and kimchi. Grab a whole pizza or a slice at 885 Brannan Street.


3228 Sacramento Street, , CA 94115 (415) 525-3765 Visit Website


2495 3rd Street, , CA 94107 (415) 252-2000 Visit Website

True Laurel

753 Alabama Street, , CA 94110 (415) 341-0020 Visit Website

Pizza Squared

885 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Cupcakin' Bake Shop

2391 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 Visit Website