Food-and-drink spots, deals, events and news
The new cityhouse: apres-shopping bacon-wrapped swordfish
As long-time San Francisco resident and writer, I'm passionate about this city and obsessed with exploring its best food-and-drink spots, deals, events and news, in every neighborhood and cuisine type. I have my own personalized itinerary service and monthly food/drink/travel newsletter, The Perfect Spot , and am thrilled to share up-to-the minute news with you from the endless goings-on in our fair city each week on SFBG. View the last Appetite installment here .
NEW RESTAURANT and BAR OPENINGS
A double-dose of Bushi-Tei in Japantown with a new bistro
I love you, Bushi-Tei . Though a Michelin-star winner with rave reviews, I often wonder why few seem to have been to this upscale Asian restaurant with a French cuisine ethos? Chef Wakabayashi is a genius, as far as I'm concerned, and the experience, from wine list to savory dishes to desserts, have always been a creative-fresh thrill for me over the years. I dig the dark woods of the modern dining room, the seamless service, and most of all, the glorious food. So I'm delighted to see the unveiling of Bushi-Tei Bistro this week, with a $6-15 price range and dishes like housemade udon, Japanese curry and sushi. Conveniently close to key Japantown/Lower Fillmore landmarks, I'd guess this could be the new gourmet-but-affordable-Asian-eats stop before or after a movie at Sundance Kabuki , a visit to the Kabuki Spring  spa or a concert at the Fillmore .
1581 Webster Street
Cityhouse debuts in the Parc 55 Hotel
It appears to be another Union Square hotel restaurant (i.e. expensive), but Parc 55 Hotel's $30 million makeover (scheduled to be done in June) includes this steakhouse restaurant, cityhouse , helmed by Chef Brian Healy of the former Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an all-day bar oferring swank cocktails and bar bites, it's a downtown shopping respite or meet-up spot with visiting friends craving steak, bacon-wrapped swordfish, oysters and strawberry rhubarb crisp.
55 Cyril Magnin Street
Cafe Prague is bringin' Czech back to FiDi... and soon, the Mission
It's nice to have a little Czech back in town, though I'll miss the old Cafe Prague space (which closed last Fall), tucked away on Pacific Ave. Hopefully the boho-Euro atmos transfers to their newly-opened Financial District locale. I see the menu consists mainly of salads and sandwiches for the FiDi lunch set, but thankfully a couple Eastern European specialties remain (which I appreciate given that there's not much of it around), like Hungarian goulash and sauerbraten with dumplings. A second site is soon to open on Mission Street between 17th and 18th, so there'll be more Prague lovin' to go around.
424 Merchant Street
APRIL 12th EASTER MEALS
1300 on Fillmore's Gospel Brunch for Easter
Since 1300 on Fillmore  opened, it's been my preferred stop for upscale Southern Soul food  with a twist, and it's jazzy, cool lounge giving tribute to the Fillmore District's jazz glory days. Though I've eagerly been wanting to check out their Gospel Brunch  the first Sunday of every month (which has been so popular, they plan on adding a second Sunday), I suspect Easter might be the time to catch the Spirit over cornbread and shrimp 'n creamy grits. The three-course brunch is $39, including all food, coffee and tea, special drink of choice (mimosa, bellini, juices), and, naturally, some rousing, live gospel music. Hallelujah! P.S. Don't forget their Fried Chicken Mondays (5:30-11pm) where $28 gets you soup or salad, Black Skillet Fried Chicken and dessert.
1300 Fillmore Street
Indian-style Easter at Dosa on Fillmore
Doing Easter out of the norm means Dosa on Fillmore's  Indian Easter brunch might be your speed, especially when the menu includes a Strawberry-Banana Uttapam (large, pancake-style version of a dosa for $12) or an Egg Poriyal Dosa, filled with a South Indian scramble of organic eggs, chilies, tomatoes and onions ($10). Wash it down with a Bloody Mary Curry ($8.50) or Elderflower Mimosa ($9) and you've got yourself a brunch.
1700 Fillmore Street
The antithesis to "Easter brunch" lunch at Bloodhound bar
It's Bunny BBQ at Bloodhound  all Easter afternoon with a glut of meats from Taylor's smoked ham to rabbit (in sausage form or grilled), plus a slew of down-home sides like chicharrones, beans, and yes, bacon peanut butter brownies. It's all you can eat and drink of seasonal beer (draft and bottle), with Bloodhound's excellent classic cocktails still available at regular price. Fatted Calf  and 4505 Meats  host the event but space is limited to so make sure you RSVP if you want to eat the bunny rather than admire its cuteness.
RSVP: email@example.com 
1145 Folsom Street
Bones and Blues every Tuesday at The Front Porch
The Outer Mission's Front Porch  is one of those places (with rocking chairs on the little front patio) that's invitingly warm as soon as you walk in. The red booths, pressed-tin ceiling and dim lighting create an overall glow. As of last week, Fats Domino Tuesdays is the night to linger over, yep... dominoes. A game of dominoes with discounted drinks and appetizers and blues music to set the mood. You can bring a partner or there's sure to be others to play a friendly game with if you come alone. With new chef, Michael Law, aboard, it's an ideal time to re-visit the heartwarming Southern/New Orleans menu.
65-A 29th Street
Live blues Gumbo Jam at Miss Pearl's Jam House every second Friday
Miss Pearl's Jam House  is one of those idyllic waterside settings that feels like a party just being there. I find the food and drinks can be hit or miss, but I still love the setting in the continually reviving Jack London Square. What better way to hit Miss Pearl's than for a second Friday Gumbo Jam  (or live music nights all month long, like "Dancin' Island Sounds")? Chef Joey Altman  (of TV and cookbook fame) actually rocks out with blues band, The Back Burners, while serving up a huge pot of gumbo. Way to start your weekend, Nawlins'-style.
2nd Fridays 8pm-12am
One Broadway, Oakland