Alfred’s Steakhouse Reopens with Revamped Menu

Last week, SFGate.com reported that a few months after a basement fire forced San Francisco’s iconic Alfred’s Steakhouse to close for a brief remodel, the 90-year-old institution, with its red leather seats and white table cloths, reopened to the public.

According to the report, at the core of the revamp, led by Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group, is an expanded menu with a starters and bar bites section that includes tater tots with smoked trout roe ($18), a riff on celery victor ($11), and fried shishito peppers ($10), among other things.

“We feel like every night at the restaurant should be a celebration, which is really what a steakhouse is all about,” Patterson said. “The changes we made to the food and drink menus were intended to reflect that spirit of fun and spontaneity.”

As before the fire, Patterson and his team want to keep the iconic elements of the space while moving the food forward into the more modern era.

This all sounds great to us!

Alfred’s, 659 Merchant, 415.781.7058

The City’s Top Trucks

Food trucks have become big in just a few short years. There are more than 100 permitted trucks in San Francisco County to date, according to SFGate.com.

Using an algorithm (of course), Yelp identified the top 15 among them. Below, we present the top three.

To see the entire list presented in a slideshow, click here.

LeBron James Ate Here!

By now NBA star LeBron James is back in Cleveland, waiting to take on the Warriors in tomorrow night’s NBA Finals game, the third in the best of seven series. Nevertheless, it’s always fun to learn where visiting players ate while in town. It turns out LeBron was spotted at The Bird at 115 New Montgomery Street.

If you’ve never been, it’s a pretty casual spot, brought to you by Adriano Paganini — the man behind Super Duper and Uno Dos Tacos.

According to sf.eater.com, LeBron ordered a spicy chicken sandwich, a salad with no dressing and a side of wings. Before leaving, he ordered another ten sandwiches to go. We’re guessing (and hoping) they weren’t all for him.

15 Burgers to Eat Right Now

Burger alert! Eater San Francisco just published a heat map to 15 places in the City serving up some of the best burgers in town. As a public service, we are sharing this information with you!

“These 15 restaurants are all places that are doing it really right when it comes to making the best burger possible, from renditions that employ umami-heavy porcini powder to others that replace the water in a housemade bun with pickle juice for that extra touch of flavor.”

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The feature includes descriptions, photos, websites and a map that shows exactly where you can find these spots. To see the whole report, click here.

Spoiler alert! Here are three of the places they mention:

  • ABV  3174 16th Street Mission District
  • Mezcalito 2323 Polk Street Russian Hill
  • The Saratoga 1000 Larkin Street Tenderloin District

Poke for All!

Poke places are opening all over town. Poke is a raw fish salad, and it’s become extremely popular in San Francisco over the last year or two. Hoodline just noted the opening of a new place, called Poke Life, that just opened across from UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus.

Poke Life features small ($10.95) or large ($12.95) “signature” poke bowl options, like the “Hawaii Five-O” (tuna, edamame, cucumber, roasted sesame seeds) and “The Cocktail” (sous vide prawn, wasabi sauce, cucumber, avocado, pickled ginger, carrot, dried shallots). There’s also a make-your-own-bowl option, which lets you choose from a variety of rice or veggie bases, fish options, sauce, and custom toppings.

Poke Life is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. It’s one of many poke-themed openings over the last couple months, along with the Mission’s Dolores Outpost, the Inner Sunset’s Poke Origin, Chinatown’s Katsu House and Russian Hill’s Ahipoki.

Rave Reviews for Mister Jiu’s

After reading Bill Addison’s review of Mister Jiu’s on Eater, we’re not eating anywhere else until we’ve eaten there. Even the post’s headline is enticing – it reads, “Mister Jiu’s Is a Love Letter to America’s Oldest Chinatown: Traditional Cantonese meets California Lushness in San Francisco.”

He opens by simply describing how the restaurant came to be, and that in itself is intriguing:

“When Mister Jiu’s opened in San Francisco’s Chinatown in April 2016, it became only the third restaurant to occupy its building since it was constructed in the 1880s. Chef and owner Brandon Jew is a native of the city. He remembers peeling red-dyed boiled eggs and slurping down longevity noodles during banquets at the former tenant, Four Seas, a Chinese-American community keystone for holiday gatherings since the 1960s.”

“Jew signed his lease in 2013. It took him three years to transform the space into his dream project — and then another six or so months of polishing to boost Mister Jiu’s to its current standing as one of California’s most vital new dining destinations.”

We’re already hooked, and he hasn’t even begun to describe the food yet. To read about the dishes, and to see some gorgeous photos of the food, click here.

Where to Take Your Mom for Mother’s Day Brunch

If you’re lucky enough to have your mom nearby, then make her day this Sunday by taking her to brunch on Mother’s Day. After all, she fed you for all of those years, now it’s your turn to reciprocate – at least for one day. Naturally, SF.Eater.com has recommendations. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Presidio Social Club A classic brunch menu 563 Ruger Street
  • Perbacco An Italian feast 230 California Street
  • Dosa Authentic South Indian cuisine 995 Valencia and 1700 Fillmore Streets
  • Top of the Mark A dazzling breakfast buffet and view 999 California Street

To see Eater’s entire list, click here.