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Franklin Barbecue Coming to SF; Cocktail Heatmap Update; Melissa King's Restaurant Favorites; More!

Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF editor Allie Pape shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.

SAN FRANCISCO—ZOMG BBQ: Aaron Franklin, of Austin's beloved Franklin Barbecue, is planning to do a pop-up in SF. For 'cue nerds, this is the Second Coming.

BAY AREA—Need a cocktail to improve your Friday? We've updated the cocktail heatmap with the 13 best new bars and restaurant cocktail programs for getting your drink on.

SAN FRANCISCOTop Chef's Melissa King may have come in third in the most recent season, but she's #1 in our hearts, which is why she chose her favorite Japanese restaurants in SF for us. Also, she gave us the intel on her upcoming SF pop-up with this season's winner, Mei Lin.

SAN FRANCISCO—Gung hai fat choy! Celebrate Chinese New Year with these restaurant picks from SF native and Chinese-food expert Brandon Jew, of the forthcoming Mister Jiu.

MISSION—Three weeks after their commissary kitchen was devastated by the fatal 22nd and Mission fire, Wise Sons Deli is picking up the pieces and moving ahead with their plans to finally bring NYC-quality bagels to SF.

BAY AREA—It's a big week for awards: the James Beard Awards longlist was announced, with tons of Bay Area folks represented, and two SF restaurants made GQ's list of the 25 best new restaurants in the U.S.

LAUREL HEIGHTS—President Obama ate at Spruce this past weekend, because he's cool like that.

RUSSIAN HILL—Craftsman & Wolves is opening a second location in Russian Hill, and they've hired renowned pastry chef Angela Pinkerton to help lead their expansion.