The results are in: South San Francisco pop-up wins best fried chicken sandwich

Meet the local chef determined to upstage Popeyes — from his backyard Mel Canares’ hefty, delicious fried chicken sandwich. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) After the Popeyes chicken sandwich craze swept the internet last year, Mel Canares was left feeling a little dumbfounded. For all the mania — the long lines, the impassioned Twitter wars, the out-of-stock shock — Canares just knew he could make a superior fried chicken sandwich. So he set out to ...

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Can pop-ups help restaurants ride out the COVID wave?

Wine shop to host socially distanced, outdoor dinners; San Carlos restaurant spotlights local chefs; SF’s Wise Sons brings bagels to Peninsula JCCs. Ox & Tiger will serve its chicken karaage at an outdoor, socially distanced pop-up at Vineyard Gate in Millbrae. (Photo courtesy Ox & Tiger) Six months into the coronavirus shutdown, more local establishments are turning to pop-ups as a way to invigorate their businesses. Vineyard Gate, a natural wine shop in downtown ...

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Peninsula pop-ups & pastry delivery: Check out these local food events of note

Burgers, cajun creations, matcha eclairs (!!!) and much more…. Pop-up perfections: (clockwise from top left) the Lil’ Eagle smashburger; hủ tiếu Gò Công (Mekong Delta style noodle soup) from Hết Sẩy; fried chicken wings via Samara Southern Creations; a box of baked goods from Jina Bakes; fresh brew by Tono Coffee Project; and croissants from John Shelsta of Love for Butter. (Images via Instagram, Elena Kadvany) Mark your calendars: There are several ...

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John Shelsta’s popular pastry pop-up Love for Butter finds a new home at Zola in Palo Alto

Brioche tarts by John Shelsta: Orange-pistachio with vanilla custard (in front) and berry brioche with vanilla streusel and vanilla custard. (Photo by Nicole Ruiz Hudson) Shutdown opens unexpected (and delicious) doors for local collaboration John Shelsta, whose flaky croissants, morning buns and ganache-filled kouign amann have drawn a loyal following for years, has finally found a semi-permanent home for his Love for Butter pop-up. John Shelsta shows off his baked goods at a pop-up at ...

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