March 5, 2013

March 5, 2013

The corned beef eggs benedict. Photo: ©


Counter seating. Photo: ©


Chopped liver. Photo: ©

Over the weekend, I got to experience a test lunch at ~SHORTY GOLDSTEIN’S~, the new FiDi Jewish deli from Michael Siegel, formerly of Betelnut. As previously mentioned on tablehopper, the lunchtime spot features a number of family recipes, from the rustic knishes (so delicious) to the chopped liver (the version here is light on the liver, just the way “Nanna” liked it). There are also a variety of sandwiches on rye (for now, the bread is from Cinderella). The housemade and juicy and lightly smoke-kissed pastrami is really notable—Siegel uses Double R Ranch for the beef, a sister to Snake River Farms.

And don’t miss the prakas: beef-stuffed cabbage with a sweet and sour-tomato sauce, and broccolini (get the mashed potatoes too). There are also breakfast items, like pastrami or corned beef Benedict, and a gravlax plate. Oh yeah, and you can get a chocolate or vanilla egg cream, plus some rugelach to bring back to the office. Check out the entire menu here.

The space is just across the street from the Crocker Galleria, and is meant to be primarily takeout, but there are 25 bright turquoise seats where you can plunk down at either a counter and some tables. Welcome to the neighborhood, Shorty! Hours are Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 126 Sutter St. at Montgomery, 415-986-2676.


Oysters with sriracha-lemon ice. Photo courtesy Hutong.

~BETELNUT~ served its last fried calamari on Sunday, closing briefly for the renovation into ~HUTONG~, as reported in tablehopper last week (for now, Hutong is slated to open Monday March 11th).

Chef Alex Ong gave tablehopper a peek at a preliminary menu, which includes a variety of raw items like sea bream, radish, mizuna, sea salt, and chile-lemon soy. Small plates include chicken livers with onions and black sauce, and Jalan Alor-style chicken wings (Jalan Alor is the name of a Kuala Lumpur street that turns into an open-air food court at night). Also on the menu is a selection of salads including cress with chicken, spiced pumpkin seeds, crispy chicken “chicharrone,” and serrano-lime dressing, and hot dishes like Ong’s superlative lamb belly with jalapeño vinegar; braised oxtail hot pot with shiitake and beech mushrooms, greens, and a poached egg; hand-cut egg noodles with wild boar, garlic chives, Sichuan pepper; as well as a variety of sides like sugar snap peas, roasted garlic, braised leeks. Yeah, delicious. Dishes will cost $7-$15. Looking forward to trying these out (and more). Stand by for confirmation on the reopening date this weekend!


Oysters at South. Photo credit: Mary Ladd.

Due to open Wednesday March 6th is Charles Phan’s all-day restaurant/café, ~SOUTH~ at SFJAZZ. The menu of small plates is Southern-influenced and meant to be casual (and quick, since people will primarily be there for performances), like baked oyster ($3); wedge salad with blue cheese, lardons, buttermilk ($10); duck rillettes, watermelon rind pickle, Creole mustard ($13); chive calas, pepper jelly ($8); and alligator sausage, peppers, and caramelized onion ($13). You can view the entire menu here (you can also view the list of cocktails at that link as well). Dinner service is 5:30pm-10pm; breakfast and lunch will be coming later. 201 Franklin St. at Fell, 415-539-3905.


Galette 88. Photo: ©

Some little news bites here and there: This Thursday March 7th, ~GALETTE 88~ is going to open for dinner from 5pm-9pm (perfect timing with First Thursdays!). Moving forward, they hope to stay open later one night a week; stand by.

Eater announced the opening of ~FOUNDATION CAFE~ in the former Pan de Mie space. Look for items like a carnitas omelet with chipotle aioli on ciabatta for breakfast (um, sign me up) and a blackened rockfish sandwich with pineapple slaw and cilantro-chipotle cream for lunch. Check out the website for more. Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm. 335 Kearny St. at Pine, 415-781-8880.

Good news for the Lower Haight: According to Haighteration, ~THREE TWINS ICE CREAM~ (254 Fillmore St. at Haight) and ~ESTELA’S FRESH SANDWICHES~ (250 Fillmore St. at Haight) will be rising like phoenixes from the ashes of that horrible fire that destroyed their businesses. They are hoping to start reconstruction in April and are aiming to open by June 1st.

Meanwhile, in the Upper Haight, Uppercasing reports ~ALL YOU KNEAD~ (Jesus, I haven’t been in that place in 15 years) closed over the weekend and will reopen in a few months serving Asian food (um, what kind?). Huh. 1466 Haight St. at Ashbury.

Over by the ballpark, ~MOMO’S~ is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a light remodel (fresh paint, fixtures, art, and additional TVs) and new dishes on chef Damon Hall’s menu, like barbecue ribs and pulled pork sliders, and over the weekend, there’s a brunch Benedict bar (sounds dangerous). 760 2nd St. at King 415-227-8660.

A tipster sent me pics of the upcoming ~LILAH BELLE’S~ coming to Divisadero (you may recall this was the prepared foods joint on Dolores Park that morphed into Cervecería de MateVeza). Signage reports March 11th is the opening date. Eater adds it will be open weekdays only (Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri 11am-6pm). 1207 Divisadero St. at Eddy.

Sadly, it appears that ~CORAZON JUICE BAR~ in the Mission has closed. Mission Local reports that the shop, which opened last summer, left a sign on the door that reads: “We apologize for the abrupt end. Thank you for your support and patronage. It’s been a pleasure serving the Mission District.” The unfortunately named Sidewalk Juice continues its Mission domination. 3275 22nd St. at Bartlett.

As reported on tablehopper last month, ~FOG CITY DINER~ is closing to make way for a new iteration: ~FOGCITY~ from Bruce Hill. Though the closure was slated for March 15th, the doors shut a little earlier than expected according to this post on Scoop. 1300 Battery St. at Embarcadero.

Also in the Scoop: ~ANOTHER MONKEY~ (a sister restaurant to Koh Samui and the Monkey) has closed. 280 Valencia St. at 14th St.


Housemade Calabrese salumi. Photo: ©


Learn all about cocoa beans with Dandelion. Photo courtesy Dandelion Chocolate.

Have you always dreamed about preparing beautiful charcuterie? Learn how at a salumi-making class at ~KULETO’S~ on Saturday March 16th. Chef Bob Helstrom will lead students in traditional preparation of the meats, followed by a tasting and wine pairing at the restaurant. You’ll go home with pre-cured samples too. The class begins at 10:30am and runs for about two hours; $75 per person. Reservations can be made by email. 221 Powell St. at O’Farrell, 415-397-7720.

If your interests run more in the chocolate vein, check out the upcoming Chocolate 101 classes from ~DANDELION CHOCOLATE~. You’ll learn about chocolate making, the ingredients used in chocolate, and taste each of Dandelion’s single-origin bars for comparison. The class is from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday March 26th, and another session will take place Tuesday April 30th. The class costs $50 per person, and tickets can be purchased here. 740 Valencia St. at 18th St., 415-349-0942.


Marla Bakery’s spiced lamb meat pie and grain salad with harissa yogurt. Photo: ©


Pappardelle and ragù from Mattarello. Photo: ©

This weekend has a couple groovy pop-ups you should consider: On Saturday March 9th, Marla Bakery will be at ~DEAR MOM~, serving its awesome brunch items from 11:30am-4pm. Ends up this will be a regular thing on second Saturdays. (You can view other upcoming brunch guest chefs here.) 2700 16th St. at Harrison, 415-625-3362.

You a fan of homemade pasta? Yeah, who isn’t. You really should swing by ~GOURMET & MORE~ on Saturday after brunch so you can stock your fridge with some of the wonderful artisanal pastas made by Mattarello (aka John Pauley and his wife Anna Li, who trained extensively in pasta-making in Bologna), like their delicious pappardelle and picture-perfect garganelli, and tortellini sold with a container of brodo ($12). (To be clear, these are pastas you’ll need to cook at home.) Don’t pass up their ragù ($8). Heck, you really need to try their decadent lasagne ($9) while you’re at it. (You can thank me later for the hot tip.) The pasta pop-up runs from 1pm-4pm. 141 Gough St. at Oak, 415-874-9133.


Chef Market Basket from Il Cane Rosso’s Lauren Kiino; photo via CUESA.

It’s suddenly getting even easier to stock your fridge (and belly) with quality food items from some local businesses and organizations. First up is Good Eggs, which allows you to order delicious items from local food producers, like Anda Piroshki and Eji’s Ethiopian on Bernal Hill (which I never have time to schlep out to get), or beautiful pastured eggs from Capay Valley Farms, seafood from Two X Sea, almonds from Yolo Farmstand, bread from Firebrand and Josey Baker Bread, and fresh-pressed juices from sōw. You will also make all kinds of new discoveries, like healing soups from Mama Tong or biscuits from Biscuit Bender. Yeah, it’s kind of like your dream grocery store. You can arrange for delivery throughout the Bay Area (only $3.99) or pickup from a variety of locations. Check it out.

A few weeks ago, I tried out a new offering from CUESA, the Chef Market Basket. Local chefs provide the recipes and CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market provide the goods to create a DIY dinner kit. The tasty recipes are designed to be easy to follow; for March, the chefs are Robin Song of Hog & Rocks and Lauren Kiino of Il Cane Rosso (you can take your pick, or try both!). This month’s offerings are $19-23 for two or three servings. You can pick up your basket any Tuesday this month or have it delivered directly to your door via Good Eggs. Take a look here!

Lastly, check out the meat delivery options from Belcampo Meat Co. Remember, they’re the folks who are running their own ranch and processing plant, with a store in Larkspur. They’ve got a range of selections for you to order and have delivered to your door, from smoked bacon to duck confit to the “Full Rack”, which includes 28 pounds of Wagyu beef (yeah, that one will put you back a couple racks—which is $2,000 for you non-poker-playing types). For the full list of choices and to place your order, go here.


The future home of Next Door Restaurant; photo via Facebook.

A couple 510 tipsters let me know about a new restaurant opening in the former ~ADDIE’S PIZZA PIE~ location: ~NEXT DOOR RESTAURANT~. The project is from first-time restaurant owners and husband and wife Henry Alvarez and Dionne Roberts, who are working with chef Sharon Lorraine. Some may remember Lorraine from the Purple Plum in Glenview. (She also cooked at César back in ‘99, and has recently been catering and private cheffing.)

Lorraine filled me in on some details on her comfort food-oriented menu. She will be offering her famous buttermilk fried chicken, plus barbecue ribs, eggplant Parmesan, and dishes with some international influences, like Swiss chard enchiladas, ropa vieja, and Persian chicken wings roasted on kebab skewers. The menu will be vegan- and vegetarian-friendly as well as kid-friendly too (Lorraine said she will be making gluten-free chicken meatballs).

The venue has 83 seats and will start with dinner Tue-Sun and weekend brunch. Look for an opening on May 1st. 3290 Adeline St. at Alcatraz, Berkeley.


Photo from Scream Sorbet.

A slew of closures have happened in the East Bay, starting with the unfortunate early closure of ~SCREAM SORBET~. Read more in the East Bay Express, and follow Scream on Twitter for any updates. 5030 Telegraph Ave. at 51st St., Oakland.

Chowhound notes ~EAT + LOUNGE~ in the former Sea Salt location has closed after an extremely short run. 2512 San Pablo Ave. at Dwight, Berkeley, 510-883-1720.

Berkeleyside notes both ~BEC’S BAR & BISTRO~ in Berkeley (2271 Shattuck Ave.) and Oakland’s ~NOBLE CAFE~ (100 Grand Avenue, Suite 111) have closed.

And Chowhound posts ~GREAT AMERICAN BARBECUE~ in Alameda has closed; reportedly pitmaster Harry Stewart is looking to reopen in downtown Oakland.


Divorced chilaquiles at Copita. Photo by Yasemin Sussman.

There’s a new place for brunch in Sausalito: Joanne Weir and Larry Mindel’s ~COPITA~ is now serving brunch every Sunday from 10am-4pm. Options on new executive chef Gonzalo Rivera’s menu include divorced chilaquiles ($11)—a riff on huevos divorciados—and aporreadillo verde, a dish of scrambled eggs, beef, and salsa verde ($12). They’ve also got brunchy drink options, like a michelada and Bloody Marias. Check out the full selection of new choices here. The regular menu will also be available. 739 Bridgeway at Anchor, Sausalito, 415-331-7400.


Flour Craft’s blueberry scones. Photo © Kara Brodgesell via Facebook.

As reported in tablehopper in October, Marin County has a new place to get gluten-free goodies: ~FLOUR CRAFT BAKERY~. The new spot is opening Tuesday March 12th and will have gluten-free breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. Owner Heather Hardcastle, who has been selling her granola to local shops your years, aims to prove that gluten-free goods can taste just as good as those with it.

The new location is a 1,200-square-foot space in San Anselmo, and all products will be made on-site. Not only will they serve pastries and other baked goods, but there will also be some savory items for a light lunch, and they’ll be pouring Sightglass Coffee and SkyTea from Oakland. There will be seating indoors and out for those who wish to sit and enjoy their treats. 702 San Anselmo Ave. at San Rafael, San Anselmo, 415-289-2110.