Appetite: Beer-battered rings, French on the fly, and a chef bacchanal - Page 2

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Go online and take a look at the line-up and whether you're a cocktail hound, wine imbiber, beer brewer or food fanatic, you'll want to be a part of this momentous event.

$40-250 (discounts for Visa Signature card holders)
August 6-9




Spencer on the Go!
Maybe the food cart mania is getting to you, or, like the rest of us, you're ever thrilled to find gourmet food on-the-cheap popping up around town. Well, here's one we haven't seen before. Laurent Katgely, Chez Spencer's talented chef, launched Spencer on the Go! last Thursday night outside of Terroir wine bar, offering fine French fare from a shiny, converted taco truck with Spencer's chic logo on the side. It was a long wait for food debut night, and Frog Legs and Curry were sadly sold out by the time I got there, but I hear waits have already improved, the crowd was friendly and festive, and I dig the Grilled Sweetbreads and amazingly addictive Escargot Puffs (escargot, breaded and on a stick)! With a menu all under $9, pair French snacks with Perrier and cookies or take it across the street to Terroir and order a glass of wine. Watch for the truck to soon be at Tuesday and (upcoming food cart-centric) Thursday farmers markets at the Ferry Building. It's the bon vivant's ideal "fast food".



Urban Burger
It's time for a new burger joint on Valencia near 16th, Urban Burger opened last week in the tiny, former Yum Yum House space, now brightly painted sporting white leather stools, orange walls, and playful signs with phrases like "Nice Buns". Besides build-your-own burger options, there's a list of ten hefty special burgers like a Breakfast Burger loaded with cheese, bacon, fried egg and fries (yep, all together), Mission Heat, with chilies, pepper jack and chipotle, or a Cubano with grilled ham and swiss. Opening day, I enjoyed the Buffalo version with blue cheese and hot sauce. Want it a bit lighter? Choose turkey, gardenburger, or Portabella mushroom instead of beef. But if you're downing a hearty burger, why not pair it with a Mitchell's milkshake and beer-battered onion rings?
581 Valencia Street

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