Neighborhood Foodie News

Proposition ChickenOPENING: At the furthest borders of our Gayborhood, near the SF LGBT Center between Octavia and Gough, Proposition Chicken is set to open in early October at 1750 Market Street in the former Yum Foods space.

Inside Scoop SF reports the team behind the popular eatery Straw in nearby Hayes Valley who made culinary waves serving re-imagined carnival fare comfort food with a twist like The Ringmaster — a cheddar cheese slathered, ground chuck burger trapped between a home-made glazed donut (insert Paula Deen impression here,  DO-NUT darlin’) is behind the Propropisiton Chicken poultrypalooza.

The menu centers around free-range chicken done one of three ways: fried (fried chicken), flipped (rotisserie chicken) and faked (tofu). Each of those can be served over salad, in a sandwich, or on the bone-or lack of bone-in the tofu’s case.

Interior design is capitalizing on the voter/political theme the name Proposition Chicken evokes aiming for voter booths, ballots and all American color schemes. Look for them to open around Oct. 8th.

The now infamous logo for Hit Tops bar.

The now infamous logo for Hit Tops bar.

ONGOING: Hi Tops, 2247 Market St, has decided to up their game and are taking a swing at serving brunch.

The wildly popular bar has already developed quite a following for their unique brand of bar food designed by Top Chef’s competitor Jamie Lauren who also invented the bars daily menu.

Brunch service started this month alongside the San Francisco 49ers game on Sept. 9th to take advantage of football season. The food certainly has a manly flair. Items like fried chicken inside waffle tacos and homemade über flaky biscuits swimming in down home gravy. It’s the kind of grub that sticks to your ribs yet tickles your culinary palette. The bar will walk the fine line between stereotypical Gay mentalities regarding brunch and meeting the needs of their Dudes who love Dudes who may or may not love sports but certainly would like to date someone hot and sporty.

Also included will be Hi Top’s top-notch cocktails like Bloody Mary’s created with vodka that’s been infused with bacon. New brunch menu starts each Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM and will run 3 PM.

Taqueria Zapata RUMOR: Sources sent the Biscuit info that the longtime ‘Stro’s staple, Zapata Mexican Grill, 4150 18th St., may be in jeopardy of losing their lease.

The property is owned by Castro land baron Les Natali. Mr. Natali has apparently intimated he isn’t interested in renewing Zapata lease which, according to sources, runs out at the end of September.

Readers may also remember that Mr. Natali is the owner of the Patio Cafe space which has been in the process of recouping all licenses needed to reopen the restaurant space that’s been shuttered for nearly 13 years.

We reached out to Mr. Natali pre-post but haven’t heard back. Keep your fingers crossed this proves untrue. Even though Zapata’s Yelp reviews read like the stock market report circa 2007 many people swear by its food plus the neighborhood already has enough empty retail space to contend with.

Waiyde Palmer

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15 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Once again Neighborhood Villain Les Natali threatens local small business. (Which happens to be my favorite place in the Castro.) George and his crew have fed me well for over 20 years. Les lied to the community about the Patio opening, he keeps rents high by leaving multiple units empty (Ellis Acted Tenants out) , he doesn’t control his customers leaving his bars at 2:00 AM, left the space now occupied by Under One Roof empty for years, and the old cleaners on 18th still sits empty. This old man hasn’t spent a dime in his bars for years. At what point will the community have enough of his bullying and start boycotting his bars? Les has worn out his welcome by a few years.

    I’m so impressed with Jesse and his staff at Hi Tops. And very happy for their success! Good beer, Good Sports, Good Food, Good Environment. Gay Money invested into our community, to benefit us. Thanks Hi Tops.

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  2. Mark says:

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    • Joe says:

      I wonder if you feel “Comfortable” anywhere Mark. The staff has ALWAYS been polite, friendly and professional with me. We even joke about my lousy Spanish. Plus a few of the guys working behind the counter are gay, but I’m sure you experience homophobia wherever you go.

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  3. wylen says:

    God damn it Les! Zapata is one of the only decently priced places to eat in the Castro, with a friendly and pleasant staff.

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  4. Jim says:

    Not sure where you’re getting the “homophobia” from, been going there forever, the clientele is at least 70% gay at any given time, & the staff has always been basically friendly. Being in the heart of gay mecca (or what used to be), they’d have gone out of business long ago if this were a problem. That said, the food is definitely above-average (it’s my #1 go-to for pozole), and Zapata remains one of the few affordable restaurant options left in the Castro. Given the character of the landlord and the tenor of the times, would it be surprising if we lost it? No. Ridiculous? Yes.

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    • Mark says:

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      • Joe says:

        And I can see by your writing Mark, You are really a straight man who dreams of a 3/2 in the ‘burbs, with a fat wife and 3 snot nose kids.
        The look in their eyes, could be, “Will this Queen order so the rest of the customers in line can as well.”

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      • wylen says:

        With out speaking the language they’re speaking, have they done anything actually besides using their eyes?

        In the past 15 years of going there nearly once a week, I have never encountered that.

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        • Joe says:

          Served him great food, at a reasonable price, in a clean environment. How dare they? Good thing Les is fucking with them. Maybe it can be a Starbucks, or Chipotle, or just sit EMPTY like the rest of Lester’s real estate.

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  5. rblack says:

    I love chicken! Ask anyone.

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  6. KevinSF says:

    10 bucks for a super burrito, I haven’t eaten there in a long time because of the high prices. Its take out for crying out loud.

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  7. mendolus shank says:

    zapata staff are rude and its overpriced.
    i’m glad they are losing their lease.
    the workers act like they’re being forced to be there.
    a super veggie burrito at la tortilla is 5.71
    the same thing at zapata is 7.35
    the only thing better is the chips.
    but at least the workers at la tortilla aren’t blatantly rude.

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  8. wylen vanyel says:

    any word on Zapata now that’s October?

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