November 20 - 26, 2014
Dungeness Crab at Homestead
Dungeness Crab at HomesteadThe chances we'll want to cook the night before Thanksgiving are slim-to-none, but that doesn't mean we won't be ready to start feasting with purpose. Accomplish both at an epic crab feed at Homestead in Oakland on Wednesday. The menu ($45 per person, drinks are à la carte) includes in-shell grilled Dungeness crab (half per person, with a second half available for purchase), roasted potatoes, brussels sprouts and fresh-baked sourdough bread, with plenty of dipping sauces and drawn butter on hand, of course. 11/26, 3 to 9 p.m.; 4029 Piedmont Ave., Oakland; reservations available here
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
Just in time for winter, Richie Nakano's long-awaited brick-and-mortar restaurant Hapa Ramen is opening in the Mission this Sunday. Nakano has translated the creative, flavor-centric spirit of his pop-up into a menu of small plates, steamed buns and, of course, ramen, along with a menu of tropically inspired cocktails ($11 each). Dive into items like uni tempura with summer pickles ($12), sliced kanpachi with smoked apple ($16) and Nakano's signature Hapa Ramen ($16), full of slow-cooked pork broth, seasonal vegetables and chashu. Menu offerings and ramen styles will change regularly—if we're lucky, we may even see the reappearance of Hapa's legendary, totally bombastic cheeseburger ramen. 2293 Mission St.
Add Rintaro to your must-eat list, and quickly: The Tokyo-style izakaya opened in the Mission last week and is already getting rave reviews for chef Sylvan Mishima Brackett's (of Peko Peko and, previously, Chez Panisse) take on seasonal, immaculately executed Japanese food. Expect a regularly changing menu, with offerings ranging from chicken yakitori ($5 to $7 for 2 skewers) to matsutake chawanmushi ($12). The restaurant is only open for dinner at the moment, but lunchtime bento boxes are in the works. 82 14th St.
It's that time of year (again): Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau tonight at Arlequin, where more than 30 varieties of the wine and Cru Beaujolais will be on offer. Tickets ($35) are available at the door, and all of the wines will be available for purchase by the bottle (and 10 percent off, no less). 11/20, 6 to 8 p.m.; 384 Hayes St.