Food-and-drink spots, deals, events and news
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Saturday, 8/22 - SF Street Food Festival
Head to Folsom, between 25th and 26th, in front of La Cocina , for a one-day street food fest featuring some our city's best... and, yes, presented by La Cocina. Each vendor playfully submits a "Bite", or amuse bouche-like appetizer, a "Forks and Fingers" main dish, and a beverage (order all, one, mix and match). Kasa Indian, La Mar, Delfina, Poleng, Heaven's Dog/Out the Door, Aziza, Laiola, El Buen Comer, Bi-Rite Creamery and more, show off a diverse range of eats in street fare format... and nothing is priced over $8. Stop by for a bite, or stay for hours of indulgence. There's passes (from $25-150) giving you a whole range of tasting options. While listening to street musicians or taking in street art, sip a peach/sage shrub from Absinthe. Head over to the beer/wine/spirits garden with Chaac Mool's Yucatecan milk and cinnamon braised pork sandwich in hand. Snack on Estrellita's Salvadoran plantain cake before a funnel cake with strawberries and cream from Endless Summer Sweets. Bid in the Silent Auction with some pretty sweet items like "Chef for a day at Chez Panisse" or "Pig Butchery in your home with Ryan Farr". Nice. Note that this is a sister event to the upcoming Eat Real Festival  happening in Oakland August 28-30. Celebrate and support San Fran's dynamic food and drink and ever growing street food community all while benefiting La Cocina... sounds like a perfect Saturday.
Folsom between 25th and 26th, SF.
Photo by Virginia Miller
Zog's Dogs in FiDi
Whether you work downtown or not, it's worth getting a meal from brand new Zog's Dogs, opened by Jesse Herzog (hence the "zog") who still works his day job but started this stand out of sheer passion for dogs and sausages. Meat runs in his blood... his family line goes back to 1850 in SF where his ancestors started their own butcher shop. Zog's grills plenty of dogs (including corn dogs), kielbasa, German frankfurters, hot links... all $3-$4.40. But let's talk about the specialty menu. For an 'upgrade' of $5-$6, there's The Matrix, where bacon is cleverly layered inside the bun rather than wrapped around the dog (never fear: they've got it that way, too), so it maintains its crispiness while still imparting piggy flavor. The Prop 8 Dog is two dogs in one bun. Need I say more? The aptly named Moral Conundrum is a quite satisfying veggie dog wrapped in bacon... so you will have to make a moral decision on this one. If I had to choose, I love the garlicky herbs redolent in The Bobo organic sausage, nicely nestled in a wheat bun. But I especially enjoyed the scorching Mexico, which, with a Mission district nod, is wrapped in bacon, smothered in grilled onions, jalapenos and a touch of mayo. The usual mustards, onions and relishes are there to add on, but I couldn't stop pumping their Curry Ketchup.
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