SF Restaurant Week running Jan 18-29, 2017 can be combined with Noir City Film Fest [Jan 20–29] & SF Sketchfest, [Jan 12-29] two very popular late Jan festivals for a full evening on the town. RESTAURANT OPENINGS & 2016 closings; SFPD-Mission Changes Coming; BEST BURRITO SURVEY; Greater Mission in the NY Times
SF Restaurant Week is a celebration of San Francisco’s world-class dining community. Nearly 130 restaurants around San Francisco are offering special prix-fixe menus to showcase their passion for sharing great food with diners. During SF Restaurant Week, restaurants create special prix-fixe menus This year, SF Restaurant Week will feature 2-course lunch and 3 or more course dinner menus at different prices: LUNCH (2+ course) : $15 & $25 menus DINNER (3+ course): $40 & $65 menus
sfRestaurantWeek.com & .facebook.com
It is no secret that options are limited for LUNCH when you are after sit down table service in the Mission so consider this Bargain Bite for $15.
Burma Love 211 Valencia St San Francisco, CA 94103 @t Duboce Ave (415) 861-2100 burmalovesf.com
Your 4 salad options combined with 4 entree options include Sunset Magazine's "Best of the West-Best Salad" Crispy mix of nuts, beans, fired garlic chips and shredded lettuse, topped with laphet (fermented tea leaf dressing)
There are 15 SF Mission Restaurants participating altogether and 4 others are also offering a 3-course sampler LUNCH for $25
Blowfish Sushi To Die For 2170 Bryant St b/t 19th St & 20th (415) 285-3848 Business blowfishsushi.com
With the explosion of so many new Japanese restaurants this inspired Janpanese cuisine acts as a standard for comparison expecially o Twitter or Instagram
DUM Indian Soul Food 3111 24th St nr Folsom St (415) 874-9045 dumsf.com
Myriad Gastro Pub 2491 Mission St @ 21st (415) 525-4335 myriadsf.com
Namu Gaji 499 Dolores St @18th St (415) 431-6268 namusf.com
MissionMerchants.org/top13 Check out the lusciously large food porn on our twitter feed displayed on our most popular page. Also tell your favorite restaurant proprietor that they need join the MMA so we can feature them there!
Dinner Prixe Fix $40
DOSA 995 Valencia St @ 21st St (415) 642-3672 dosasf.com
Garçon 1101 Valencia St @ 22nd (415) 401-8959 garconsf.com
Locanda Osteria & Bar Italian 557 Valencia b/t 17th & 16th Sts (415) 863-6800 locandasf.com
Menus subject to change due to the whims of Mother Nature
Lolinda Argentinian 2518 Mission St @ 21st St (415) 550-6970 lolindasf.com
Mozzeria 3228 16th St nr Guerrero (415) 489-0963 mozzeria.com
Dinner Prixe Fix $65
Maruya Japanese 2931 16th St b/t So. Van Ness Ave & Capp St (415) 503-0702 maruyasf.com
Central Kitchen Californian 3000 20th St @ Florida (415) 826-7004 centralkitchensf.com
Babu Ji 280 Valencia St @ 14th St (415) 525-4857 babujisf.com
Hog and Rocks 3431 19th St @ San Carlos St (415) 550-8627 hogandrocks.com
10 DAYS OF HEISTS, HOLD-UPS, AND SCHEMES GONE AWRY
The 2017 incarnation of the world's most popular film noir festival, returning to the legendary Castro Theatre January 20–29, will present 24 exceptional films ranging from the mid-20th century to today and culled from all parts of the globe. "The Big Knockover" is a veritable history of the heist film, from black-and-white Hollywood classics such as Criss Cross (1949) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950) to stunning contemporary thrillers like El Aura (2005) and Victoria (2015). NOIR CITY 15's lineup explores, in films both suspenseful and comedic, the desperate lengths to which people will go to beat the system and hit the big time.Learn more at NoirCity.com
Transit On the Move
Warriors Chase Stadium @ 16th & 3rd Street
The Warriors are selling 44 luxury suites for their 2019 season in Mission Bay. The existing Third Street Muni stop, adjacent to the future arena, is undergoing an upgrade that will expand the station, enabling two full rail cars to dock at the same time. Once the Central Subway project in downtown San Francisco is completed, people will be able to connect directly to the Chase Center from the Powell Street BART station but Peninsula Transit users are hoping 16th BART will bean even better connection.
In terms of parking, the Warriors will provide 950 spots in an underground garage. They also said there will be an additional 6,830 stalls available within a 10-minute walk
Ground Breaking for Warriors Arena: Noon January 17, 2017 @ 3rd & 16th
NBA's Warriors’ plan to play in Mission Bay beginning with the 2019-20 season. The groundbreaking of the basketball and entertainment venue, to be called the Chase Center, will take place at noon at Third and 16th streets. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, All-Star forward Kevin Durant, President Rick Welts, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and Mayor Ed Lee will attend.
Can you say 16th Street Corridor?
There may be a lot of Mission business opportunities before and/or after the games. While the team has touted connecting at the Powell Street Station with the T Third Street Muni Metro, it is not unlikely taking 16th St BART to 55 MUNI can become the preferred route for North Peninsula fans. As an extra bonus you can usually park hassle free in a BART Parking lots at Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, Tanforan or Milbrae Stations and grab a bite or dine high end in our culinary capital before hopping on the 55 MUNI which runs every 15 minutes along 16th Street or direct to the stadium
2017 Restaurant Openings -19th Street is Blooming
About to open anytime [SF Fire Dept. willing] are two restaurants featuring Louisiana fare which is synonymous with New Orleans Mardi Gras festive fun. Alvin Garcia and Adam Rosenblum of Popson’s Burgers across from the Caltrain Train Station (330 Townsend popsons.com) are opening a slice of New Orleans to The Mission. Alba Ray’s (2293 Mission St. @ 19th St) in the former Hapa Ramen former Citizen Fox former Bissap Baobab [.bissapbaobab.com] dance annex space. There will be a full bar, our inventive cocktail program will focus on New Orleans' rich cocktail history. Their goal is to make every night at Alba Ray's a party, where food is never an afterthought. Across the street from SFPD-Mission at 17th and Valencia (3412 17th St.), from ex-Garcon [ garconsf.com] chef Arthur Wall is set to go with the BAYOU creole kitchen & rotisserie .bayousf.com/ A few more blocks away at 753 Alabama St just off 19th St. David Barzelay , chef/owner of the critically acclaimed http://www.missionmerchants.org/top13 Lazy Bear [3416 19th St] is opening with his bar manager Nicolas Torres a more approachable, cocktail-focused restaurant.
The interaction between the Caribbean ports of Havana, Cuba and New Orleans, Louisiana gave birth to many of the world's greatest forms of music so perhaps we should project that the 19th Street cross corridor of The Mission bar scene might also be so enhanced by a Cuban joint opening in the former Radish space (3465 19th St @ Lexington) Media Noche, which means “midnight” in Spanish will be a fast-casual eatery dominated by its bar. Owned by local SF restaurant talents Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker. Opening is projected for May or in time for the Mission's Carnaval season. Likewise for Thad Vogler (Bar Agricole and Trou Normand) called by 7x7 the City's foremost liquor authority who is bringing a a rum bar named Obispo (3270 24th St. near Mission] paying tribute to the Caribbean and its festive Afro-Caribbean spirit.
2016 Restaurant Openings
-A classic neon burger is an always an option to be found inside the new WesBurger's which opened at the center of a dynamic block of Mission Street between 18th & 19th Streets
WesBurger n’ More: 2240 Mission St. @18th (415) 555-1234. wesburgernmore.com Opened April 2016
Tawla 206 Valencia Street SF, CA 94103 @ Duboce Ave (415) 814-2704 tawlasf.comOpened April 2016
BARZOTTO 1270 Valencia St @24th (415) 285-1200 barzotto.com Opened August 2016
Tartine Manufactory: 595 Alabama St. @18th (415) 487-2600. tartinebakery.com Opened August 2016
The Morris: 2501 Mariposa St., @Hampshire (415) 612-8480. themorris-sf.com Opened October 2016
Motze 983 Valencia St SF, CA 94110 @21st (415) 484-1206 http://motze.xyz Opened October 2016
Babu Ji 280 Valencia St SF, CA 94103 @14th St (415) 525-4857 babujisf.com Opened October 2016
Sasaki 2400 Harrison St SF (415) 829-8997 @20th sasakisf.com Opened November 2016
Almanac Taproom 2862 24th St., @Potrero (415) 874-9831 almanacbeer.com/taproom DEC 2016
EATER: The One Word That Defines SF's Restaurant Scene in 2016?
Trevor Felch, Zagat SF editor Instagram [more]
Jay Barrman for sfist.com has 5 of these 9 on his list of 15 Best New SF Restaurants for 2016
SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 and grown to become a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.
MISSION VENUES: Filter by Venue here sfsketchfest.com/schedule/
Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission 2550 Mission Street (415) 549-5959 drafthouse.com/sf
Brava Theater 2781 24th Street (415) 641-7657 brava.org
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street (415) 621-6120 castrotheatre.com
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street (415) 551-5157 thechapelsf.com
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market Street (415) 431-7578 swedishamericanhall.com
Horsie’s Saloon at the Royal Cuckoo Market 3368 19th Street between Capp and Mission Streets royalcuckoo.com/
Evil Eye 2937 Mission Street, 2937 Mission b/t 26th St & 25th St (415) 814-3779 evileyesf.com
Standard Deviant Craft Brewery 280 14th St, 94103 (415) 590-2550 standarddeviantbrewing.com/
Wildhawk: 3436 19th St., San Francisco. (415) 420-1516. wildhawksf.com Bartender Christina Cabrera of Wildhawk was picked by SF Chronicle's Esther Mobley as a top 5 bartender. No bar got more attention in part because of the place it replaced as well as being part of Gavin Newsome's Plump Jack Group [more at sfgate.com]
Doc's Clock got the 2nd most amount of attention including Esther's group shot. Doc's Clock took advantage of former D9 Supervisor David Campos NOV 2015 legislation which created a Legacy Business Registry, The bar is now planning to move from its space at 2575 Mission St., where its lease ends in July 2017, to 2417 Mission Street near 20th Street. The landmark outdoor neon marquee is expected to move as well but logistics have not been finalized.
The Mighty 19 Utah St @ 15th St closed July 30, 2016 and reopened as The Great Northern in September http://www.thegreatnorthernsf.com/
The 2014 death of Alex Nieto at the top of Bernal Hill by police responding to a complaint continued to resonate on many levels in 2016. Local celebrated author Rebecca Solnit explains why in her theguardian.com article how someone well known and well liked in the community where he spent his whole life whole life came to die with such prejudice. Did Alex Neito die because a few white newcomers saw him as a menacing outsider?
Another twist in this sad story is that the district attorney’s office takes an average of 20 months to close a fatal case where SFPD is involved. For example the high profile decision to not charge in Neito's case was made in February 2015 and since then, San Francisco officers have killed 11 more people but no charging decisions have been made by the DA's office of George Gascón. Gascon shares much with new incoming Chief of Police since he was not only the SFPD Chief from 2009 to 2011 but also began his law enforcement career with the same Los Angeles Police Dept (LAPD).
William “Bill” Scott, a 52-year-old, 27-year veteran of the LAPD, where he rose to the position of deputy chief will be have much on his plate as the surprise new SFPD Chief of Police. The Chief traditionally begins by shaking up the feathered nests by shuffling command staff. Front burner issues are where the department begins and the POA [Police Officer's Association] viewpoints end as well as implementation of police body cameras and non-lethal Tasers. The likable Mission Captain Dan Perea was excited to meet 2016 Carnaval Grand Marshall Dolores Huerta last May. Will he be around for the 2017 Carnaval?
Archive.org is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Based in the Richmond District., the Internet Archive digital library and its "Wayback Machine"comes the closest of any organization or government to fulfilling their mission of "universal access to all knowledge." Most societies place importance on preserving artifacts of their culture and heritage. Without such artifacts, civilization has no memory and no mechanism to learn from its successes and failures. The Archive's mission is to help preserve those artifacts and create an Internet library for researchers, historians, and scholars. Recently, following the election of Donald Trump as President, founder Brewster Kahle announced a campaign to raise funds to create a duplicate archive in Canada.
Their archives include much from the Mission District including the New Mission News which ceased publication soon after the publisher/founder Victor Miller passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack while serving as President of the Mission Merchants Association in 2004. https://archive.org/details/northmissionnews
BEST BURRITO SURVEY
Writer Calvin Trillin once observed in The New Yorker that in San Francisco, and especially in its Mission District, "the burrito has been refined and embellished in much the same way pizza has been refined and embellished in Chicago." He also noted the fierce debates engendered by casually asking any group of San Franciscans to name the best burrito in town. Stand back and watch the salsa fly. FEB 2016 viamagazine.com/blog/5-places-get-great-burritos-san-francisco
How about the Mission Burrito as a metaphor for bringing people together. SFist.com begins their introduction to a great video burrito survey of this local legend past and present.
"In these Troubled San Francisco Times, there is a lot of talk about who was here when, and what that does (or doesn't) mean.
More from the East Coast: The term "Greater Mission" means our adjacent neighborhoods for which the Mission Corridor serves as it hub. This, of course, includes Potrero Hill and Bernal Heights both of which got some attention from the NY Times
However we would be remiss if we didn't point out these two great video driven articles by the acknowledged paper of record from late 2015
"But don’t be fooled by the shiny patina: San Francisco is more than just the physical headquarters of our virtual world. There are some things that haven’t changed, and by themselves, are reason enough to revisit: the mind-boggling views along that glorious waterfront; the Mission’s still-feisty, freaky, welcome-all-comers character; the meandering natural pleasures of Golden Gate Park. Even when classic San Francisco rubs up against new San Francisco, the friction, though at times contentious (Google bus protests, the anti-eviction fight), is also where the community-conscious activist roots of this city are as vital and visible as ever." BONNIE TSUI OCT. 28, 2015
Dave Talbot in the Hood
"As the years went by, San Francisco became not only my city but also my way of life. From the time I was a boy, I wanted to live in a place like my father's theater world, a magic box filled with lavishly made-up women, extravagant gay men, and other larger-than-life characters. I wanted a world that could encompass all worlds. I found something close to it in this soft-lit city in the ocean mists." — David Talbot, Season of the Witch
Dave Talbot a founder of Salon.com and as of 2017 the featured 3/week columnist for the SF Chronicle. He is a longtime Bernal Heights or 94110 resident and member of a prominent family of media over achievers which include his father Lyle and siblings Steve and Margaret.
With the 2016 departures from sfgate.com of moderate Chuck Nevius and conservative Debra Sanders this gifted writer represents a significant editorial shift to the left by our local paper of record. However as Ellen Ullman writes for the NY Times in August 2012 in her review of this history of San Francisco from the late 1960s to the early ’80s he does overlook the Mission's Latin and Lesbian historical contributions to the culture at large.
Fellow late great writer Warren Hinckle loved the Mission and often attended the monthly Mission Business Luncheon [ organizer Salim Dahud still talks about resurrecting] so we are grateful for Mr. Talbot's tribute column to Warren sfchronicle.com/news/article/Final-round-Here-s-to-Warren-Hinckle
Another Bernal Heights resident and Chron columnist Carl Nolte connects SF lad and wordsmith Kevin Starr to Hinkle for his final hurrah. http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/Kevin-Starr-renowned-historian-lived-and-loved-10873401.php
Keeping Schoolyards active on Weekends
Since 2011, the Shared Schoolyard Project has kept 28 schools open on weekends. The program continues to expand with new private funding covering costs for 2017.
Anecdotal reports from principals indicate that graffiti and other problems have actually decreased, with the weekend presence of families and neighbors keeping illicit gate-hoppers out, Supervisor Mark Farrell told the SF Chronicle. School yards “are simply great neighborhood resources, and we’re unleashing their potential for families and kids in the neighborhood,” he said. “This is about the quality of life for San Francisco families.” More at facebook.com/sfsharedschoolyard/