Weekend guide / Burrito recs and late night chamber music

It's Friday, August 20.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday. We made it! 

As we do at the end of each week, let’s take a bit of a break from the news to see what’s happening out there this weekend. 

A reminder that if you are going out to an indoor bar, restaurant, or event, starting today, you’ll need to show proof of vaccination before heading inside any venue in San Francisco. So make sure to grab your vaccine card, take a photo of it, or snag a screenshot of your digital card, which you access here

Now that we have our vaccine cards situated...here are some things to consider for the weekend ahead: 

Try a new spot. We highlighted a few new eateries and libation destinations this week, so maybe give one of them a shot. Joyride Pizza launched on Monday with a slice house on Valencia Street and a full restaurant above Yerba Buena Gardens that serves its Detroit-style pizza, as well as fresh-made pasta, salads, and cocktails. Joyride’s co-owner, Jesse Jacobs, graciously offered SF Minute readers 25% off for the next week or so when you order online using the code: joy25a. 

SF Minute contributor Natalie Mead also wrote about Telescope Coffee, which opened last week on 9th Street in SoMa. The sweet treats are made in-house by co-owner and trained pastry chef Jenny Ngo, and they look incredible. I really want to try their Vietnamese coffee and strawberry milk, which comes in a strawberry-shaped cup!

Also, consider heading to Chezchez, the new Mission bar celebrating “European aperitivo culture” that opened on Tuesday at 584 Valencia Street. It’s run by the team behind Trick Dog and has a menu full of spritzes, sparkling wine, and tinned fish. 

Eat a burrito. The Chronicle published A LOT of burrito content this week. We even learned where local celebs and politicians get their fix, like Mayor Breed who heads to Poncho Villa and Outer Sunset resident Chesa Boudin who calls Hook Fish his number one. 

Food critic Soleil Ho followed up with a top Bay Area burrito list of her own, which included San Francisco institutions like La Taqueria, Papalote, Al Pastor Papi, and Taqueria Cancún. Meanwhile, SF Minute reader favorites included La Canasta, Olivio’s, El Buen Sabor, and El Metate. Also, don’t forget, East Bay Ron says if you’re heading to Oakland, check out Tacos Mi Rancho near Lake Merritt. 

Basically, if you’ve been craving a burrito lately, now's the time. 

Take your pick: 

  • 🎻 On Saturday night from 9 pm until “late,” there will be string players and jazz musicians playing at Amado’s on Valencia Street to celebrate the birthday of Charith Premawardhana, who founded the chamber music group Classical Revolution. Tickets can be claimed here. The suggested donation is $5-$20. 

  • 🎨 Head to the ArtScape outdoor market at 37th Ave and Ortega (in the Outer Sunset) on Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm featuring local artists, musicians, and food vendors. 

  • 🏓 SportsBasement is hosting a grand opening celebration on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm for its new Stonestown location. Attendees will receive 20% off (mostly) everything in the store with additional discounts for “Basementeers.” You can register for the event here.

  • 🍻 If you’ve never been to the Anchor Public Taps, this could be the weekend. To celebrate “Steam Week,” Anchor is offering $3 pints of Steam beer all weekend long at its Potrero Hill tasting room. 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you back here on Monday! - Nick B.

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