September 24, 2013

September 24, 2013

The famed Little Skillet fried chicken and waffles—soon to be consumed at tables, with drinks! Photo courtesy of Little Skillet.


Oh, hello waffles. Photo courtesy of Little Skillet.

Back in June, there was some liquor license activity that pointed to the Little Skillet folks taking over their neighboring space, 330 Ritch. I have been keeping in touch with Deanna Sison Foster (co-owner of Little Skillet and farmerbrown) over the past few months, and now it’s time to release the news: she is partnering with Mia Weening (Mission Bowling Club, Mini Bar, and a longtime SF bartender) to open ~VICTORY HALL & PARLOR~ in late fall of this year.

It will primarily be a full-service bar, and will “celebrate the legacy of the worker,” offering a comfortable place to hang out, whether you’re with a pack of coworkers or flying solo. They aim to be a focal point for the neighborhood, a place for the local community to gather in a welcoming atmosphere. There will be large communal tables, and there is also a back parlor that can be reserved for private parties and events.

The bar will feature quality crafted cocktails with a special nod to large-format drinks for groups. There will be a dedicated bar cook who will be preparing ingredients for the bar, plus juices, shrubs, and more. There will be a rotating, seasonal, approachable cocktail list and several craft brews.

If you’re a regular patron of the walk-up window at Little Skillet, you’ll be happy to know that they will now be serving food to the interior of the bar, and expanding the menu into the late night. You’ll be able to get family-style meals, like a roast chicken with sides, or a fried chicken platter with waffles—hearty Americana in the house. Stand by for news on the opening in coming months. Hours will be daily 11am-12am, with brunch by Little Skillet launching soon after it opens. Victory awaits! 330 Ritch St. at Townsend.


The counter and seating at Salumeria in the Hamm Building. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


Roast beef sandwich with tomato and arugula on a Firebrand pretzel roll. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©

A report by Dana Massey-Todd. As previously mentioned on tablehopper, the folks at Ne Timeas Restaurant Group (Flour + Water, Central Kitchen, Salumeria) are launching a second location of ~SALUMERIA~. It’s now open, softly, in the Hamm building in the Mission. The new location is housed in the ground floor of an office building, and is closer to SoMa than the heart of the Mission. The menu includes breakfast, lunch, and happy hour, with some of the same signature items as the original location. Look for sandwiches, including roast beef on a Firebrand pretzel roll, in addition to salads, charcuterie, and cheese plates. In the mornings, you’ll find coffee from Mr. Espresso and housemade pastries, plus offerings from local bakers like Black Jet Baking Company. They will also be offering a daily egg wrap or sandwich for those looking for something heartier. Take a look at the current offerings here.

The space is still incomplete (they’re waiting on some furniture and final decorative items), but there is space to sit and enjoy lunch. The new kitchen is quite large, and will give them the opportunity to expand their special event program. The top floor of the new building has an event space, which will become a site they can use for special dinners, and where tenants of the building can hold special events and meetings. There will also be a few larder items, though not as many as the first location, as well as beer and wine. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-7pm. 1550 Bryant St. at Alameda, 415-471-2998.


Lisa Vega, the new pastry chef at Dandelion. Photo from Dandelion’s website.

There’s a new coffee stop in the Inner Richmond: ~CAFE BARLEY~ is now open in the former Java House location on Clement. Richmond Blog reports that they are just serving coffee and pastries for now, but in the coming months they plan to start serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Look for French toast, roasted chicken, soup, and a “Smashburger” (might want to think of a new name lest anyone get confused). Beer and wine will be coming soon, and a friend said their almond milk cappuccino rocks. For now, hours are 7am-4pm. 343 Clement St. at 5th Ave., 415-742-0629.

~DANDELION CHOCOLATE~ has found a new (and permanent) pastry chef to run their kitchen. Their blog announces that Lisa Vega, previously of Gary Danko, has come on board and is working on a new menu. In the meantime, check out pop-ups from Sweet Pistachio and Bicyclette in the coming weeks. 740 Valencia St. at 18th St., 415-349-0942.

In further baked goods news, Lori Baker and Jeff Banker have decided to move the bakery attached to ~BAKER & BANKER~ to a new location (via Scoop). The current spot is too small, and will be absorbed by the restaurant as a chef’s table space, while they shop for a new home for the bakery. The bakery’s last day open will be Sunday September 29th (which will be a bake sale fundraiser for their chef de cuisine who was recently in an accident); you will still be able to order cakes, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, and frozen brown butter cookie dough through the restaurant. They will also start opening Baker & Banker on Monday evenings in November.


Yelp photo by Robert P.

As previously reported on tablehopper, the former Red Vic space in the Haight is getting a new life as ~SECOND ACT MARKETPLACE~. To recap, the new space will serve as a home for five new businesses, and the hope is to serve as an incubator for businesses that will step out on their own as they grow. Confirmed tenants so far are Anda Piroshki, which serves Russian home-style cooking; High Cotton Kitchen, a New Orleans-style lunch spot; the juice bar RAW; and Spice Hound, the excellent spice shop already in Bernal.

You’ll also find Community Craft, a bakeshop (with gluten-free options) selling items from bakers including Bread SRSLY from Sadie Scheffer, Ebbs Bakery from Robert Hac, Eat Me NatuRaw from Tanya Fislar, Park Bench (a San Franciscan boulangerie) from Brandywine White, Sweets Simply by Nicole, and Meetinghouse Biscuits from Joanna Karlinsky, plus Sightglass Coffee.

Right now, the hope is to open in November. The space will also host an amphitheater and community space in the back, which will seat 49 for screenings, music, and events. The Alembic will also expand into part of the former Red Vic space, doubling their seating capacity. This is all great news; we will update as we get more information on an opening date. 1727 Haight St. at Cole.


The chicken-fried quail sandwich at Twenty Five Lusk. Photo by Anne-Claire Thieulon Dolan.

~M.Y. CHINA~ is now offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. At lunch, you have the option of selecting three or four courses, with various choices for each course. The four-course option includes a dim sum platter, and you’ll also find the wild boar scissor-cut noodles (so good), Hong Kong crispy noodle with chicken, and a choice of the egg tart or egg puff for dessert. At dinner, you have two choices: the live crab dinner for two ($88) or the Peking roast duck dinner ($68). Both include a juicy dumpling trio, plus dessert and side dishes to go with the main dish.

~TWENTY FIVE LUSK~ is now serving lunch on weekdays, from 11:30am-2pm. On the menu, look for a chicken-fried quail sandwich with potato chips, tri-tip steak frites, or a fried bacon salad with Little Gems, burrata, and heirloom tomatoes; take a look at all the current choices here.

For pizza at lunch, check out ~MOZZERIA~ in the Mission, where you can now order from the Express Lunch menu. You’ll find most of their pizzas, plus some starters and their kale salad; take a look at the menu here. They’re offering takeout as well as dine-in options, all of it intended to offer quick service. Lunch is available Wed-Fri 12pm-3pm, and Sat-Sun 12pm-5pm.  


The duck fat burger at MKT. Photo courtesy MKT.

The Four Seasons Taste Truck is making its way through the west this fall, and this week it’s hitting SF. The truck is cranking out offerings from ~MKT RESTAURANT — BAR~, including the seriously insane duck fat burger with cheddar and truffle aioli; take a look at the whole menu here. Starting today, Tuesday September 24th, until Thursday September 26th, you’ll find the truck at Yerba Buena Lane at the Moscone Center from 11am-2pm. Then, from Friday September 27th until Sunday September 29th, follow the truck on Twitter for its location.

Anthony Yang, a former sous chef at Restaurant Michael Mina and Per Se, has a new drool-worthy brunch pop-up to check out. It’s called Ante Meridian (clever!), and will be appearing next at ~DEAR MOM~ on Saturday September 28th from 11:30am-3:30pm. Look for an everything bagel with scallion aioli and smoked sturgeon mousse, black truffle waffles, and rice porridge with poached egg, togarashi-braised pork, and homemade pickles. Uh-huh. 2700 16th St. at Harrison, 415-625-3362.


The Chick N Coop classic turkey dinner. Yelp photo by Alyssa G.

A reader writes in that the ~THE SANDWICH SHOP~ in Dogpatch is closing its doors on September 26th. The bare-bones neighborhood joint apparently got a rent hike from their landlord, but reportedly they are looking for a new location. 635 19th St. at Tennessee.

We also got word that old-school hofbrau ~CHICK N COOP~ in the Excelsior has closed. It seems as though the business was for sale, but because of an uncertain lease situation, they closed instead. Bwok. 4500 Mission St. at Excelsior.


Chef Shotaro Kamio is ready to feed you. Photo courtesy of Sho Kamio.

Some more details have emerged about Shotaro Kamio’s upcoming restaurant in Berkeley (in the former O Chamé). As noted in the Scoop, the name will be ~IYASARE~, Japanese for “be healed.” It’s the first clue about the direction Kamio’s cuisine will be taking. A brand-new press release explains he is going to be looking to his native Tōhoku in the northeastern Japanese countryside for inspiration, which features lighter dishes that are more focused on vegetables, grains, and seafood. Look for rustic cookery elements of fermentation (like koji and miso), sun-drying (seaweed, seafood), curing, and aging, all of which will be delivering some good umami notes.

Lunch will bring set meals, with miso soup, small salads, and daily specials including soba and onigiri (rice balls wrapped in crispy seaweed) and takeout ekiben, the bento boxes you find at train stations. Dinner will be more family style, with dishes like whole-roasted fish, nabemono, and some unique offerings like Japanese-style charcuterie made with sake, miso, and sansho pepper, and Japanese-influenced pasta dishes with toasted spicy cod roe, ikura, uni, shaved bonito, and other ingredients. There will also be items like sardines and beef tongue grilled on aburi-yaki tabletop bincho-tan (Japanese charcoal), and nigiri sushi too. A range of sakes will be available, plus artisan Japanese beer, and local beer and wine on tap. Sean Gaston Design is remodeling the space, which will feature natural materials and a modern sensibility, with 35 seats inside, 12 at the bar, and 25 outside on the heated patio. Look for an opening in mid-October. Am so looking forward to trying his food. 1830 4th St. at Hearst, Berkeley.

While playing some email and phone tag with chef-owner Todd Kniess (Bistro Liaison), Diablo Dish ended up getting the scoop on his upcoming ~PETIT COCHON~ in Berkeley. It’s going to be a fast-casual place opening next door to Bistro Liaison that should appeal to Cal students, with soups, salads, sandwiches (croque-monsieur, roast pork), and tarte flambée, plus a retail component. Look for an opening in mid-October. 1801 Shattuck Ave. at Delaware, Berkeley.

The latest issue of Nosh is chock-full of news, like the opening of ~HOMESPUN FARE~ at 5403 College Ave. in Oakland; ~LEMAT ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT AND CAFÉ~ opening soon at 3212 Adeline St. in the Lorin District; and ~TUPPER & REED~, a new bar coming to the former Beckett’s location at 2271 Shattuck Ave. in Downtown Berkeley—Brian Sheehy and Doug Dalton of Future Bars are behind the project due to open in spring 2014.

Mark you calendar: Rockridge’s Out & About Street Fair is Sunday October 6th from 12-6pm, and Market Hall will of course be hosting a variety of activities, from the Chefs Stage to a cookbook exchange, plus all the Market Hall Merchants will be offering all kinds of food items. Oh yes, and wine too.