Category Archives: Food

At the Broken Record, a pinup is born

Just east of Mission at Geneva, lies a whiskey bar called the Broken Record. It’s sure dark in there! But the cuisine in the back room is illuminated enough to have pulled in Food Network’s Guy Fieri to check out why patrons get hysterical over the off-the-charts fare.

Jason King’s owned  the Broken Record for 5 years. And for those 5 years, he wished he had something on the dismal, entryway wall. But as he told me: “I just didn’t know what it was.”  Well, that’s where master muralist Mark Bode comes into the story.

“I chatted with him one night and told him I was a painter,” said Bode. He showed Jason his work and rest is pinup history. Jason gave Bode a wall and he decked it with a seductive redhead lounging atop the front room archway. Done in the style of pinup greats like Vargas, Elvgren and Olivia, the bar now has a righteous  piece of pinup. [And she’ll always be close to Guy Fieri’s “Guy Ate Here” stencil. Guy’s head is well situated over her lusty thigh.]

Photo: Angela Frucci


Lobster roll Saturdays? Get thee to New England Lobster

“We don’t do rain,” said Greg Jellin, manager of New England Lobster Company. On Saturday morning, he was trying (but unable) to keep up with  long lines that waited for savory lobster rolls, bisque-like lobster chowder, and crab sandwiches.

I stood under a white canopy protected from the heavy downpour and waited, and waited patiently, for my lobster roll sandwich. Lots of other people were doing the same thing … undeterred by steady precipitation and philosophical skies. About a half-hour later, my crustacean fantasy was realized. It was quite glorious. It’s the kind of lobster sandwich I’d go to Provincetown, Massachusetts to wrap my mouth around. Yah, it’s that good.

New England Lobster Company is located in a place that’s not really easy to get to: A very industrial part of South San Francisco, next to a dreary canal, and close to San Francisco Airport. Yet, behold – here lies an epicurean safari.

According to Jellin, today was an experiment. It’s the first day the red mobile food truck was open on a Saturday (11 – 2). Typically, it’s open Monday through Friday from 11 – 3. “We weren’t expecting anyone, so I’m pretty understaffed.” He promised all that would change by next week.

Photo: Molly Bode