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Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF editor Allie Pape shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.
BAY AREA—The Eater Heatmap is poppin' fresh! These are the 20 hottest new restaurants in SF and Oakland.
SILICON VALLEY—Turducken is nothing compared to Michael Mina's lambpigcow. It's a vegan's worst nightmare.
NAPA—A very clever baker seeking a job with Thomas Keller perfectly replicated Keller's Bouchon Bakery—in gingerbread. Now that's a cover letter.
BAY AREA—Finding cheap eats in this expensive town is tough, but BrokeAss Gourmet's Gabi Moskowitz has ideas for everything from great NY-style pizza to inexpensive sushi.
NAPA—Big news at the French Laundry this week: they're closing for at least three months for a major remodel, and they're also moving their reservations to Nick Kokonas' ticket-based system, Tock.
MISSION/MARINA—Health nuts have two new hotspots to check out: Project Juice has debuted on Valencia (with food for the first time), while Seed + Salt is promising to revolutionize clean eating in the Marina.
MISSION—Black Friday's Ferguson protests turned ugly for diners at Beretta, where the windows were broken as a full dining room of people was eating. "People were crying," said a hostess.