Donkey Will Co-Star at Rock Bar Grand Opening Party, Tonight

The Rock Bar, the new drinkery on 29th Street at Tiffany, is having a grand opening party tonight, beginning at 7 pm. There will be drinks, food, and a very special guest star: a donkey. Check out the full details:

Wednesday March 21st 7pm till 2am

Rock Bar 80 29th Street (between Mission and San Jose)
Across from The Front Porch

Specials ALL NIGHT
Donkey Punch
Donkey Rides
Donkey Games

Rock Bar is a neighborhood bar building great cocktails, serving cold beer and pouring fine wine. Our bartenders take pride in their craft and their knowledge of product placed behind our bar.

Rock Bar offers specials on a daily basis. We offer free pool Thursday through Monday until 8pm. Dollar off draft beers and well cocktails each night from 5pm-7:30pm and again from Midnight to close. Every evening, every hour we feature a special cocktail for $5. The Front Porch is in the process of creating complimentary bar snacks for happy hour and other edibles to purchase later in the evening. You are also encouraged to order a bucket of fried chicken from the kitchen across the street and eat it here.

New Portola Blog Is Almost as Vain as Bernalwood

There’s a new kid on the block. The Portola Planet is a new blog dedicated to covering The Portola, a neighborhood that reliable sources tell us lies on the other side of I-280, immediately to the south of glamorous Bernal Heights.

Moreover, in much the same way that Bernalwood loves, loves, loves looking at photos of Bernal Hill, The Portola Planet apparently loves looking at photos of The Portola — even if that means climbing Bernal Hill to get the job done.

The photo above is fascinating, because it shows what a Portolan sees when they look south:

Turning my back on our majestic city I realized [Bernal Hill] is also a fantastic viewpoint for our own hidden neighborhood. I took a few photos and here is one (with a few landmarks highlighted) which shows the Portola as the great little city suburb that it is.

Ah! Wow! I get it! All that sprawling, buildingy stuff visible from atop Bernal Hill corresponds to local, familiar places if you live in The Portola. Who knew???

Thus enlightened, Bernalwood would like to warmly welcome The Portola Planet to the cybersphere, and we kindly remind them to please stay off our lawn.

PHOTO: Portola Planet

Hungry Man Seeks to Eat His Way Across La Lengua

The La Lengua Autonomous Zone in the Dominion of Bernalwood is famous for two things: 1) Militant political separatism and 2) A deliciously high density of restaurants and drinking establishments.

To fully experience the latter, new neighbor Dave MP, who moved here recently from Boston, has established an ambitious goal: Over the course of 2012, he wants to eat at every restaurant on Mission Street between Cortland and Cesar Chavez. He calls the project the La Lengua Chronicles, because he also plans to write a review of each one on Chowhound:

I moved to San Francisco a few weeks ago, and I am living very close to the strip of Mission Street known by some as “La Lengua.” Since I like exploring food options in my neighborhood, I’ve decided to embark on a little project – eat at every restaurant on Mission Street between Cortland and Cesar Chavez. I finally got around to making a list of all the places I have to try, and will be reporting on all of them. The aim is to have this completed by December 31st, 2012.

I would love advice about what to get at these restaurants, if you’ve been. Also, if you are interested in joining me for any of these meals, definitely give me a shout! I’ll definitely want company for some of them.

So, here’s the list of where I have to go. There are a few places that I’m not sure about including because they are mostly just bars – I think the rule will be that if there’s a menu (whether food or cocktail), I will try it. Also, there are some places that are very close to that stretch of Mission Street, but not quite on it, that won’t be on the official list, but I might try anyway. So I will list those as well.

Here it goes:

3489 Mission – Zante Pizza (Indian, Pizza)
3486 Mission – Pastores (Mexican)
3472 Mission – La Terraza (Mexican – Michoacan)
3471 Mission – Angkor Borei (Cambodian)
3459 Mission – Nena’s Restaurant (Latin American)
3458 Mission – Universal Bakery (Mexican Bakery)
3452 Mission – Shiso (Chinese and Japanese)
3438 Mission – Nervous Dog Coffee (Café)
3401 Mission – Melody Café (Lebanese)
3385 Mission – Oye Managua (Nicaraguan)
3369 Mission – Ichi Sushi (Japanese)
3346 Mission – La Alteña (Mexican)
3349 Mission – Pizza Hut (Pizza)
3326 Mission – Coronitas Bar and Grill (Mexican, Bar)
3322 Mission – El Paisa (Honduran, Salvadoran, Mexican)
3319 Mission – Nulite Kitchen (Chinese)
3318 Mission – Playa Azul (Mexican, Seafood)
3306 Mission – El Gran Taco Loco (Taqueria)
3303 Mission – Eagle Donuts (Donut Shop)
3299 Mission – Inkas (Peruvian)
3286 Mission – Al’s Café (Diner)
3263 Mission – San Miguel Restaurant (Guatemalan)
3259 Mission – Pad Thai Restaurant (Thai)
3253 Mission – Jasmine Tea House (Chinese)
3235 Mission – Dell’uva (Wine Bar)
3230 Mission – El Zocalo (Salvadoran)
3226 Mission – Mi Lindo Peru (Peruvian)
3221 Mission – SiamSaigon (Vietnamese, Thai)
3218 Mission – Blue Plate (New American)
3216 Mission – Lotus Garden (Vietnamese)
3215 Mission – Locavore (New American)
3211 Mission – Taqueria Cancun (Taqueria)
3206 Mission – Los Panchos (Salvadoran)
3202 Mission – Royal Cuckoo (Bar)
3193 Mission – El Patio Restaurant (Mexican)
3149 Mission – Baby Blues BBQ (BBQ)
3137 Mission – Acapulco SF Grill (Mexican)
3100 Mission – Sweet Chinito (Donuts, Sandwiches)

Okay, simply compiling that list counts as an amazing feat unto itself. But if you read the full post, Dave also adds about a dozen more restaurants that aren’t precisely on Mission Street, but which he may try as well.

Ambitious? For sure. Yet he’s already off to a good start, with write-ups penned and posted about San Miguel Restaurant, The (New) Jasmine Tea House, and Al’s Cafe.

Go Dave MP, Go!

PHOTO: Telstar Logistics

Walk (or Sing) Among the Wildflowers on Bernal Hill, Saturday



Spring has sprung, Bernal Hill is alive with the sound of music, and in conjunction with the Bernal History Project, Neighbor Rachel is leading a wildflower walk tomorrow morning:

Wildflower Walk this Saturday, March 17th at 11:30 AM, Bernal Hill

Join us for a wildflower walk on the Hill. We’ll look at early wildflowers, including a locally rare population of star lilies (Zigadenus fremontii). Other current blooms include footsteps-of-spring, lomatium, shooting star, blue eyed grass, and checkerbloom.

Terry Milne will talk about some history on the hill and ways to conserve this grassland and the wildlife it supports.

We’ll meet at 11:30AM at the Ellsworth steps (intersection of Ellsworth and Bernal Heights Blvd).

This walk follows the monthly volunteer work party with Rec and Park, which begins at 10AM in the same location on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Showers ok, steady rain cancels.

For more information you can email rachel.kesel [AT] sfgov [DOT] org or call 415-831-6332.

PHOTOS: Top, Telstar Logistics. Wildflowers, Rachel Kesel