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Judy Rodgers Tributes; Alta CA Opens; Heatmap Update; Hanukkah Eats; More!

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Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF editor Allie Pape recaps the best restaurant and bar news of the week.


Alta CA. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

CIVIC CENTER—The food world mourned the passing this week of Judy Rodgers, the legendary Zuni Cafe chef who helped put SF's restaurant scene on the map.

BAY AREA—The Eater Heatmap got its monthly update, with new restaurants to warm up the December chill.

CIVIC CENTER—Daniel Patterson's much-anticipated Alta CA opened last night in mid-Market. Take a look around and check out the menu.

BAY AREA—Hanukkah may have ended last night, but our Hanukkah food guide doubles as a pretty good introduction to where to find the Bay Area's best Jewish noshes.

SOMALook around Archive Bar & Kitchen, the sleek new bar and pizza spot that just made its debut in SOMA.

WINE COUNTRY—We spent three days at the Flavor! Napa Valley festival; here are our Hangover Observations about steamrolling chefs, tipsy stewardesses, and more.

BERKELEY/OAKLAND/TENDERLOIN—Other crucial openings this week: Iyasare, the new Japanese spot from Sho Kamio of Yoshi's fame; Pathos, an upscale Greek restaurant; and Libby Jane Cafe, the coffee-shop offshoot of Brenda's French Soul Food.

NOB HILL—Fans of the Big 4, don't fret: an upcoming renovation will leave the iconic restaurant mostly the same.