Spice Ace is folding
Lower Pac Heights gourmet spice shop Spice Ace is closing up shop at the end of January. The shop at 1821 Steiner Street opened in 2012, and famously stocked more than 400 spices, salts, and herb seasoning blends, earning it a place on Food & Wine’s list of the world’s best spice shops. “After 6 wonderful years, we are closing our business,” owners Olivia Dillan and Ben Balzer write on their website. Fans can stock up on Spice Ace’s wares before they close: All items are 30 percent off, online or in store, before January 30.
Prime rib: It’s what’s for dinner
Two San Francisco restaurants are introducing regular prix-fixe prime rib dinners, starting this weekend. One Market Restaurant will start serving prime rib every Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The meals will cost $47.95 for a boneless cut or $55.95 for bone-in prime rib — either way, they include a classic wedge salad, creamed spinach, horseradish cream, popovers, and dessert. At Cockscomb, Chris Cosentino will offer prix-fixe prime rib suppers the last Sunday of every month, kicking off January 27. For $55, diners receive three prime rib cuts, a wedge salad, sides, and dessert.
Poke in, poke out
Palo Alto’s PokeLove (855 El Camino Real in Town & Country Village) has quietly closed, quickly replaced by another poke shop: Poke House. This is the fifth location for the San Jose-born mini chain, with plans to further expand to Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Belmont by the end of 2019. As with most poke spots, this one offers build-your-own or pre-set poke bowls — one key difference is its commitment to only serving sustainable or eco-friendly caught fish.
Federal workers eat for less at SFO
Yesterday, Eater SF published a map for where furloughed government employees can find discounts and other deals at Bay Area restaurants. We’ll keep updating it as we hear of more places, but there is one major one worth flagging: San Francisco International Airport. Given TSA workers, customs and border protection staff, air traffic controllers, and more federal employees typically work at the airport, it makes sense for SFO to chip in. The airport has asked all of its restaurants and shops to cut prices by 50 percent for furloughed workers, and so far, 90 percent have done so.