Mission Chinese: Flirting with Danny Bowien 1

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 14, 2012

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It’s not unreasonable to say that San Francisco’s Mission Chinese is currently the most buzzed about Chinese restaurant in the entire country.  Seriously!  Head cookmeister Danny Bowien has taken a dumpy, otherwise un-notable Chinese eatery, hidden himself in its kitchen, and promptly turned the food world on its head.

Right around the time I dropped in on San Fran, Bon Appetit declared Mission CF the second best new restaurant in the entire country.  By then, New York based Serious Eats had already gone gaga and the NYT had said its piece.  Long after my visit, Bowien himself showed up in Martha’s kitchen.

As is usually the case before an initial restaurant trip, I had not actually read what had already been written of  MCF.  However, by the time I left Atlanta for my West Coast trip, I was well aware of the chatter.  Mission Chinese was hot … and I knew it … and so I waddled in there (literally in fact) as the clock ticked down on my San Francisco stay.

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Danny Bowien BATON Dinner Is Sold Out

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 06, 2012


The playfully named upcoming Meat & Three BATON Supper Series dinner has sold out.  However, I’m not writing this as a neener neener to those who did not secure a seat (welcome to my club); but instead, I am telling people who planned on taking advantage of the walk-in service that BATON’s plans have changed and that feature is no longer an option.

According to Moses Archuleta (who runs BATON along with Bryson Tedford), the counter is now for reservations only.  However, the Monday night music act is still free for everyone.  Suggested arrival time for that is 10:45 and there will be a single menu item available for purchase to those who show up then.

As for those who will be seated at the counter, it doesn’t sound like the à la carte menu is still available.  I was told:

It may or may not be the same menu, haha. We will figure it out one way or another the days leading up to it. But it shouldn’t end up costing anymore, regardless.

I’m curious to hear what happens there.  I can’t imagine it would be a good idea to complicate service with unique offerings … but even with that apprehensive thought, I would be no less enthused to see what was what.  BATON has earned my trust in the two meals I’ve had … so why expect anything different here.

Baton Supper Series Returns: Mission Chinese Food + Danny Bowien 2

Posted by Foodie Buddha on January 01, 2012

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Were you ever around during the formative years for a band that ultimately hit it big?  If you’re anything like me, you feel somewhat responsible for that band’s success and you wear that like a badge of honor.  Ladies and gents, I think you have an opportunity to be a part of that type of culinary explosion.  It seems that Bryson Tedford and Moses Archuleta are kicking ass and taking names.  Only, they’re not a band and they aren’t even chefs.  Their like a crack-commando duo of restaurateur ilk but with a sweet ass concept that you won’t find anywhere else in Atlanta (and perhaps the country).

For the past several months, T&A have been putting on the BATON Supper Series.  They bring in a super awesome chef from lands far away and plop them down in Candler Park’s Gato Bizco Café for a two night whirlwind.

Every month I sit here watching my inbox like a hawk, waiting for news of the next supper club, half expecting a “sorry folks, we just can’t do it anymore.”  And so far, my fears have been summarily dismissed every single time.  Bryson and Moses keep pulling in a huge name every single time.  So check out the details for round 3 of BATON, which drops Monday January 16th and Tuesday January 17th of 2012.

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