Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF associate editor Rose Garrett shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.
SAN FRANCISCO—Voting for the 2013 Eater Awards has been ongoing all week, with categories like Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, and Stone Cold Stunner. See who garnered the most votes and stay tuned for the winners to be announced on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO—Want to cozy up by a fire on chilly nights? Check out our Fireplace Finder for SF's 17 Coziest Bars and Restaurants, from old-school bar hearths to schmancy lounge fireplaces.
SAN FRANCISCO—What's to be the fate of the Chronicle's Food section? Though its future is unclear, change is definitely afoot for the award-winning newspaper feature.
SOMA—Liza Shaw's much-anticipated Merigan Sub Shop opened this week, with East Coast-style Italian subs like the porchetta (slaw, hot peppers, dressing, lemon conserva, cracklins). Yum.
MARINA—New to the Marina is Sabrosa, an upscale Mexican spot from The Brixton team. Look for five kinds of tacos and quesadillas, including fried calamari and brussels sprout-mole.
TENDERLOIN/MISSION—Readers feared for two old-school SF bars when word got out of ownership shuffles and possible closures. Turns out Blondie's is merely taking care of paperwork, and Nite Cap will be back, albeit with different owners and a revamped interior.
OAKLAND/BERKELEY—More openings in the 510 this week include Caribbean spot Kingston 11, NYC pizza import Artichoke Basille's, and Temescal Korean spot Copan.