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AL's Place Hits the Mission; Heatmap Update; Playland Bar Busted For Selling Cocaine; More!

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


AL's Place. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

MISSION—Aaron London's lovely new AL's Place opens tonight in the Mission, with casual food from the Michelin-starred chef. Bonus: most of the menu is appropriate for pescetarians and vegetarians.

BAY AREA—The Eater Heatmap is poppin' fresh. Here's your back-pocket guide to SF's 20 hottest new restaurants.

NOB HILL—Playland Bar took its name a little too seriously—and lost its liquor license when an employee was caught dealing pot and cocaine.

TENDERNOB—Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is drawing lines and selling out every single day. Blame Instagram, and a little invention they like to call the "cruffin."

HAYES VALLEYEvery day, KitTea's getting closer, bringing kittens like a rollercoaster. (In other words, find out when SF's first cat cafe is set to arrive.)

BAY AREA—We like Beer Week, and we imagine you might, too. Here are our picks for the 15 best events to attend during the next 10 days of festivities.

JAPANTOWN/UNION SQUARE—This week in SF novelty foods: how about some bubble tea topped with cotton candy? Or perhaps you'd prefer Simpsons-themed Dynamo Donuts and beer.

MISSIONGentrification backlash turned to vandalism at both Gracias Madre and Salumeria this week.