September 4, 2012

September 4, 2012
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The bar and interior, under construction. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

And here’s some more news of yet another opening in the Mission! At 2282 Mission Street, in the former Acaxutla location, ~THE MISSION OYSTER BAR SEAFOOD RESTAURANT~ is slated to open later this fall. Owner Fredy Gamez worked as a chef at Anchor Oyster Bar for 18 years and will draw on that experience in creating classic seafood dishes. The restaurant will be open daily, for both lunch and dinner, and there will be a variety of seafood options, including clam chowder, clam and mussel steamers, cioppino, and both fried and fresh oysters. During crab season, whole roasted garlic crab will be available, so bring a bib. For those who prefer turf over surf, the menu will offer steak, chicken breast, and rotating seasonal pastas. A lunch menu will include sandwiches like an open-face crab melt, shrimp salads, and fish and chips. The wine and beer list will focus on local, seafood-friendly offerings.

The space is still pretty raw, but the 28-foot bar is already well defined and will be an excellent spot to enjoy some oysters and a glass of wine. The front of the restaurant is currently plywood-covered, but the ceilings are quite high and Gamez says the plan is to keep the windows tall and open to the light, so diners can enjoy that Mission sunshine. Gamez hopes to open in late October or early November. There’s no phone number or website yet, but we’ll let you know as opening gets closer. 2282 Mission St. at 19th St.

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The pastry case at Tout Sweet. Photo from website.

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Tout Sweet interior. Photo from website.

As previously mentioned on tablehopper, Yigit Pura of Top Chef: Just Desserts is opening a pâtisserie in Macy’s at Union Square. After some construction complications, ~TOUT SWEET PÂTISSERIE~ will officially be opening on Saturday September 8th. The first 100 people through the doors on Saturday at 10am will receive a special prize from Pura himself.

The pâtisserie will feature a variety of treats, both savory and sweet. In the mornings, there will be freshly made breakfast pastries, yogurt parfaits, and sandwiches, and then at lunch you can get soups, salads, quiche, and sandwiches (Pura’s B3 sandwich with bread, butter, and burrata sounds particularly insane). In the pastry cases, there will be macarons, petite gateaux (or small cakes), and layered parfaits called verrines, as well as celebration cakes to take away. Special-order cakes for weddings and other occasions will be available as well.

Pura will be doing some thematic baking, with his “Inspired” line, which will feature a different idea, or inspiration, translated into a flavor that is then utilized in the pastry. This month, look out for the “Tesla” line, inspired by eccentric electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla. Pura has combined passion fruit, yuzu, and Meyer lemon to create an “electric” flavor that will appear in a variety of goodies, including pâtes de fruit and jars of fruit curd to take home.

The store fills out 1,500 square feet with a design that Pura says was inspired by his “inner child,” hence the bright raspberry color palette. He sought to balance the design with Parisian decadence and California innovation and modernity. There is extensive shelving to hold all the retail items and, of course, a fabulous pastry case (custom made in Italy, no less!). There will also be seating for up to twenty people.

Great attention has also been paid to the packaging, so these treats will make impressive gifts for others—or yourself! As Pura says, “When it comes to sweets and gifts, what’s on the outside is just as important as what’s on the inside.” The store will be open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm and Sun 10am-7pm. Inside Macy’s, Union Square, 170 O’Farrell St. at Powell, 3rd floor, 415-824-8688.

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The new kitchen at Onigilly. Photo from Facebook.

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Onigiri from Onigilly. Photo from Onigilly website.

The Japanese rice ball specialist ~ONIGILLY~ is (softly) opening their first brick-and-mortar location today, after years of popping up all over the place. The owner and chef, Koji Kanematsu, got started in the incubation program at La Cocina, and has been making his delicious onigiri rice ball snack at Justin Herman Plaza, farmers’ markets, and FoodLab for a long time. Today, their restaurant will be open for business!

The rice balls (which are reportedly more popular in Japan than sushi) come stuffed with your choice of fillings and sauces, like miso tuna salad or chashu pork. There will also be rice bowls and salad options. You can look at the opening menu here for the full range of options. They’ll be right downtown, for all you Financial District lunchtime folks. There will also be a grand opening coming soon, probably in late September. They will be open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, and are located at 343 Kearny St. at Pine, 415-671-4706.

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The Underground Market. Flickr photo from kewzoo.

This Friday September 7th, forageSF’s ~UNDERGROUND MARKET~ is back and better than ever. Head over to Public Works and check out a bunch of new vendors, and well as some tried-and-true oldies. Some of the new faces will include OneNinetySeven coffee and spring rolls, Cava Funnel Cakes, and Strong Cheese Provisions. In the veteran favorites department, look for Jablow’s Meats, The Grilled Cheez Guy, and frozen kuhsterd. There will be drinks as well, so all attendees must be 21 and over. Tickets are $5 at the door (cash only), and the event goes from 5pm-10pm. Public Works, 161 Erie St. between Mission and 14th St.

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Ready for a good old-fashioned block party, San Francisco style? Excellent, because the ~PARTY ON BLOCK 18~ is coming soon. The biennial event comes to us Saturday September 29th, from 12pm-6pm. Eighteenth Street between Guerrero and Dolores will be closed to cars, and the businesses along the block will be offering some delicious things to eat, as well as a jolly good time. Namu Gaji will be serving short rib tacos, Bi-Rite will have meat loaf sandwiches, and Kasa will offer mango lassis and and kati rolls. Wine and beer from local producers will be available for purchase too. There will also be a pie-baking contest open to all amateur bakers who want to try their hand at the perfect dessert.

Contestants can purchase tickets for $20, and further details about pie categories will be mailed upon entry. You can purchase food and drink tickets now in books of $20, and all proceeds will benefit Buen Dia Family School, 826 Valencia, 18 Reasons, Nextcourse, Holy Family Day Home, and The Women’s Building.

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Acapulco exterior. Yelp photo by Greg G.

As previously reported on tablehopper, ~ACAPULCO~ in Alameda is reopening. Mike Wiesner of Paradiso in San Leandro and his business partner Gordon Galvan have purchased the restaurant. The two previously collaborated on Boulevard Burger in San Leandro and Castro Valley. They are still working on permits for the Acapulco building, but hope to open within the next six months. One of the reasons he and Galvan jumped to buy the spot was because they had such fond memories of going to the restaurant 30 years ago, and wanted to bring the spirit of the family restaurant back to Alameda. They will keep many of the old menu’s standbys, like chile verde, chile colorado, and what Wiesner described as Acapulco’s “excellent” chile relleno. There will also be Mexican restaurant staples, like enchiladas, tacos, and chicken plates, and lots of new seafood choices. All of the sauces and tortillas will be made in-house.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner every day, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Wiesner isn’t sure yet how late they will stay open, as they want to be sure to respect their neighbors. There will be outdoor dining, too, on sunny days. There aren’t many details on the space yet, because everything is currently gutted and awaiting permits for new plumbing, electricity, and a whole new kitchen. They have, however, already received their liquor license and will have a full bar. The old Acapulco’s was infamous for their wine margarita, but this new incarnation will offer the real deal. Now that’s something to drink to. 2104 Lincoln Ave. at Willow, Alameda.

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The porchetta from Roli Roti. Photo from Facebook.

The ever-so-delicious ~ROLI ROTI~ rotisserie truck is celebrating 10 porky years on Sunday September 30th. Yup, a lot of people have stood in that line over the past decade, again and again. Take a skip across the Bay to ~CHEZ PANISSE~, which will be hosting the Roli Roti truck outdoors. The party begins at noon and goes on until 3pm. Roli Roti’s famous porchetta sandwiches will be available, as well as salads, snacks, and drinks. Alice Waters herself will be in attendance, as will Roli Roti founder Thomas Odermatt. No reservations or tickets are necessary, just show up and purchase food and drink tickets at the door. Ticket prices range from $2.50-$5, and all proceeds will benefit the Edible Schoolyard Project.