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Hutong Contoversy; Heatmap Update; New Steakhouse; More!

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The new Osso Steakhouse. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

COW HOLLOW—What's sure to be one of the biggest SF restaurant controversies of the year went down this week: exactly one day after Michael Bauer laid into it with a bad review, the owners of Hutong decided to transform it back into Betelnut: decor, menu, the whole deal.

NOB HILL—Today is opening day for Osso Steakhouse, the glamorous new den of bone-in dry-aged beef from the owners of The Stinking Rose and The Franciscan. We've got photos and the menu.

SAN FRANCISCO—The Eater SF Heatmap got an update, with new spots Coqueta, Seaglass, and Tribune Tavern joining the party.

THE EMBARCADERO—Fans of Humphry Slocombe's ice cream will be pleased to learn that they're going to open a second location in the Ferry Building in October, where Ciao Bella Gelato is currently housed.

BAYVIEWWe sat down with Eskender Aseged of Radio Africa & Kitchen to talk about his first year in business and the challenges of adapting healthy cuisine for a neighborhood that would prefer fries.

CASTRO/FINANCIAL DISTRICT/NORTH BEACH—Also open this week: new Italian joint Dante's Table, from the owner of Poesia; the first SF outpost of new juice company Project: Juice; and the Don Pisto's taqueria spinoff, Pisto's Tacos.

THE MISSION—Manny Torres Gimenez of Mr. Pollo and Roxy's Cafe fame is getting a space of his very own: the former Palace Family Steak House, which will become a meat-themed whole-animal spot called The Palace.

SOMAThe New York Times' Pete Wells snuck into SF for dinner at Saison, and filed a glowing review that dubs it "extraordinary" (despite a few hassles along the way).