Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fillmore food frenzy

Lots of activity on San Francisco's bustling Fillmore Street and its vibrant restaurant and food scene.

Fraiche, the yet-to-open organic yogurt shop on Fillmore between Bush and Pine streets, held a free-tasting open house earlier this week, with high praise from the tasters. The shop awaits San Francisco's notoriously slow health department bureaucrats for a permit before it can open.

Across the street, the windows of SPQR are covered and workmen are scurrying in and out for a dining room upgrade that will keep the popular small plates eatery closed until Sept. 29, according to a sign in the window.

The same sign announces a new chef, Matthew Accarrino (above). He comes from Los Angeles' Craft restaurant and before that, Craft and Per Se in New York. He is formulating SPQR's menu now. Here's what Accarrino envisions, from an interview borrowed from Grub Street San Francisco Website:

My background is very refined, technically precise. Even at Craft, what we're doing is based on flawless technique... I'm hoping to bring that background together with really great California products and that soulful Italian cooking.

Around the corner, workers remain busy at Charles Phan's Out the Door, with a planned early to mid October opening.

(Photo credit: Matthew Accarrino's Facebook page)

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