Self-serve Beer and Live Music: Ghirardelli Square’s Newest Spot

San Francisco Brewing Co.’s massive, 12,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant is now open, serving up beer and a menu of pub-style food to locals and tourists alike. According to sf.eater.com, owners Jennifer and Josh Leavy and Josh’s brother Aaron Leavy brought on former Gordon Biersch brewer Justin Boehle to oversee the production at their new brewery, which is incorporated into the taproom.

Chef Abraham Ibarra (Perry’s) is in charge of the food, which includes pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and mains like mahi mahi tacos. Appetizers seem like a sure bet, with meatballs, spicy wings, and burrata with pesto also on the menu.

The enormous space was designed by BCV Architecture + Interiors, also behind the Ferry Building Marketplace, Gott’s, and Oxbow Public Market in Napa. The space represents two firsts for the City: as a licensed full-time outdoor music venue, and as a place with a self-serve beer wall where you can sample different beers. Game tables like foosball and ping pong are scattered throughout the restaurant. You can drink beer in the sunny outdoor beer garden, and if the fog rolls in, there are plenty of fire pits to keep you warm.

We’ve always liked Ghirardelli Square, and San Francisco Brewing Co. makes it even better. For more information on the brewery and restaurant, and to see photos, please click here.

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Brunch Spots for Adventurous Moms On Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, so you might want to start thinking about where you’re going to take your mom for brunch. In the nick of time, SF.Eater.com just published a list showcasing what they claim are the 15 hottest brunch spots in San Francisco, and one place in Berkeley.

You might have to stand in line, and the dishes are somewhat esoteric, but the website promises all of these spots serve up great food. The feature includes an interactive map and brief descriptions of what you’ll find. The four places we found most intriguing are these:

Barcino Serving spectacular Spanish morning dishes 399 Grove Street
Buffalo Theory Fried chicken and waffles, chilaquiles, and more 1735 Polk Street
Fillmore Social Club Playful Korean and Japanese-influenced dishes 1521 Eddy Street
Locanda A taste of Rome in the morning (or early afternoon) 557 Valencia Street

To see SF.Eater.com’s entire list of hot spots for brunch, click here. If you’d prefer a list of restaurants for a more tried-and-true and traditional brunch with your mom, click here.

First US Location of Japanese Cheese Tart Chain Opens in SF

A new specialty bakery from Hokkaido, Japan has arrived in the US. BAKE Cheese Tart is opening on the concourse level of the Westfield SF Centre this Friday, May 4. It occupies a 572-square foot space beside Sur La Table, near the BART entrance at 845 Market Street.

According to SFEater.com, BAKE operates more than 20 locations in Japan, with others in Korea, China, and Vietnam. The San Francisco location is the brand’s first foray into the US market. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve collaborated with local chocolatier Dandelion Chocolate to create a Chocolate BAKE cheese tart, available in limited supplies.

BAKES’s flagship product, a pastry crust filled with a cheese mousse baked until golden brown, is made from a three cream cheese blend. It has a “well-balanced creaminess and refreshing tartness” according to the brand’s website. The crust is a special flour blend that’s baked twice, once before the addition of the mousse. In the US, each tart will go for $3.75, and they’re available individually or by the box full.

Starting Friday, BAKE’s SF hours will be 12 PM to 8:30 PM.

Highly Anticipated Che Fico Is Already a Hit

The place just opened, and it’s already receiving rave reviews. Gwyneth Paltrow posted a photo of the meal she had there, and Anderson Cooper broke his no-food-on-Instagram rule to do the very same thing. It’s not just celebs liking this place. In a 7×7.com restaurant review, writer Sarah Chorey says Che Fico is serving up some of the best rustic Italian food she’s ever had.

“Chef David Nayfeld and James Beard Award–winning pastry chef Angela Pinkerton met while working at NYC’s Eleven Madison Park; Nayfeld also opened Joël Robuchon’s restaurant at the MGM Las Vegas. The team has been laboring over this restaurant for the past four years, and you can taste the effort in their perfect handmade pastas, pizzas, and pastries.”

She recommends you order a bit of all of it!

By the way, just so you know, according to an equally effusive story about the restaurant in the San Francisco Chronicle,  “che fico” is Italian for “what a fig,” and more aptly, “oh, that’s cool.”

Che Fico, 838 Divisadero Street, chefico.com
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 PM to 11 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 PM to 1 AM

SF Taco Bell Cantina Now Serving Beer

Throughout the years, when traveling abroad, you would have seen some American  fast food restaurants serving beer and wine. Many of these chains are now experimenting  with doing that same thing here in the states.

The Taco Bell Cantina on Third near AT&T Park in San Francisco has just joined these ranks.

According to SFGate.com, and SF.Eater.com, the place finally got its liquor license last Wednesday. When he opened the restaurant in September 2015, the owner Randy Rodrigues hoped to have the permits to sell alcohol in the next 30 to 45 days. Evidently, the prospect of beer sales drew protests from the local community.

All in the past now. Disfruta la cerveza!

The 51st Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

This weekend Japantown will host one of San Francisco’s most popular events, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. It will run for two weekends, April 14th and 15th, and April 21st and 22nd.

The Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco is said to be the second largest Japanese American festival in the nation, just behind Washington D.C. More than 200,000 people are expected to attend. This is your chance to experience Japan without leaving the City. You can expect to see food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, and more.

The festival will be held within the borders of Laguna and Fillmore Streets between Geary Boulevard and Bush Street. For details on the festival, please click here.

Where to Eat Late Night in San Francisco

Sf.Eater.com has done it again — posting a guide to late night eating in San Francisco that includes an interactive map that makes it all so easy to find.

This list of 39 restaurants, food counters, and bars presents some of the best late night meals the City has to offer — from the classic burger or tin-foil swaddled burrito to the more eclectic mussels doused in butter and nutella-glutted crepes.

Here are five of our favorites:

To see the remaining 34 spots, along with a little description of each place, click here.