February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016
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A sampling of bagels from Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery. Photo courtesy of Caviar.

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Bages, bagels, bagels. Photo courtesy of Wise Sons.

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West Coast Veggie bagel sandwich with roasted kuri squash. Photo courtesy of Wise Sons.

Cue the bagel excitement, really and truly, because Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman of ~WISE SONS~ are very, very close to opening ~WISE SONS BAGEL & BAKERY~, their 2,200-square-foot commissary kitchen, production bakery, and shop on Fillmore. They’re about 95 percent finished, and barring any last-minute hiccups, are hoping to open around Friday February 26th (that date could shift, but that’s the goal).

To recap, there will be just around 10 seats, so it’s primarily designed for takeout. You can order bagels, classic schmears, and baked goods, and there will be an array of smoked fish, like lox and sable. (There’s a chilled case for grab-and-go items too.) An exciting tidbit: some of the smoked and cured fish will be from the same purveyors that New York’s famed Russ & Daughters use.

There will also be five to eight bagel sandwiches, like the West Coast Veggie (house hummus, roasted seasonal vegetable, pickled onions, market green mix on a poppy seed bagel), East Coast Veggie (cucumbers, hothouse tomatoes, pickled onions, market green mix, and whipped cream cheese on an everything bagel), and an Egg & Cheese (cage-free egg omelette, breakfast patty made from chicken and pastrami with typical breakfast spices, and melted Tillamook cheddar on a bialy).

The espresso bar will be supplied by Intelligentsia, which roasts to order in Potrero Hill. And how’s that for a meeting of the minds (Intelligentsia + Wise Sons = so smaht!).

Initial hours are looking like 7am-3pm and could morph to 8am-2pm or thereabouts; we’ll have to see how things shake out. Hours will probably extend on the weekends. We’ll keep you posted.

Inside tip: Wise Sons is getting some practice with their bagel production and selling them on 24th Street at ~WISE SONS DELI~, as well as at their stand at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. No guarantees on availability, but who knows, you could get lucky. Follow along on Instagram for updates. 1520 Fillmore St. at Geary.

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Organic shoyu ramen. Yelp photo by CityFoodsters/Grace C.

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The dining room at Mensho. Yelp photo by YueStudio Y.

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Tori paitan ramen. Yelp photo by Minh N.

Great news, ramen fans/fanatics/fiends: ~MENSHO TOKYO~ ramen is now open in the TenderNob (just next door to wine bar Resolute). Chef-owner Tomoharu Shono has six ramen shops in Tokyo (he opened his first in 2005), and this will be his first in the U.S. Each one has a different menu and theme, plus limited runs of dishes every month (he has come up with well over 400 different bowls, ranging from ramen to tsukemen, mazesoba, and aburasoba).

His San Francisco outpost will be focusing on authentic Japanese ramen, but will be using a combination of imported and local ingredients. The initial opening menu includes tori paitan ramen (available with chashu), organic ramen (shio or shoyu), and vegan tantanmen. Expect the menu to grow and change in coming days.

The full menu will eventually include many more kinds of ramen (tori paitan ramen, tonkotsu ramen, ebi miso ramen, organic ramen—shio or shoyu, vegan tantanmen, and white truffle shio ramen); tsukemen—a type of ramen when you dip the noodles into a concentrated broth (tori paitan gyokai tsukemen and spicy ebi miso tsukemen); and mazesoba—a soup-less style of mixed ramen (maze hitsuji and vegan mazesoba).

Shono is returning to Japan and will be back in SF in March to add to the menu (he has some of his Tokyo team in place here). Working with Shono on the launch is Abram Plaut, who eats at over 200 ramen shops every year in Tokyo. (Look for his upcoming app, Ramen Beast, which will be a guide to the best ramen shops in Tokyo, starting with the top 150.) Plaut will also be balancing his time between SF and Tokyo—he’ll be here the next three weeks and then returning to Japan for a month or so.

Note that space is limited (28 seats) and the lines are long, so be prepared for quite a wait while everyone tries to visit this exciting newcomer. There are also beers on draft and in bottle. Open Tue-Thu and Sun 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. 676 Geary St. at Leavenworth.

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The tiled bar at Matador. Photo: Tatiana Grebennik.

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Seating at Matador. Photo: Tatiana Grebennik.

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The prickly pear margarita at Matador. Photo courtesy of Miriam Lipton.

Here’s a quick roundup of openings for you, starting with ~MATADOR~, which we first told you about in detail back in December. To recap, this is the taco bar and tequileria (with frozen margaritas, holla!) opening in the former Sugar Café. Sugar owner Keith Goodman has brought in Miriam Lipton (Tender) and Kris Esqueda (Huxley) to create, design, and operate the venture, one of the few Mexican restaurants with booze serving the Union Square and TenderNob area.

You can take a look at the menu here. Matador will be open daily for lunch and dinner (11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm) and the bar is open 3pm-5pm and until 11pm Fri-Sat (but no food service except for chips, salsa, and guacamole); eventually they plan to serve until 2am on the weekend. 679 Sutter St. at Taylor.

Great news: after being forced to close ~LOS SHUCOS~ due to a tragic fire last year, owner Sofia Keck is finally reopening on Saturday February 13th. But as this piece in the Scoop notes, she will only be open Thu-Sun. She started catering during the closure and found it to be lucrative, so she is going to continue with it. Look for new items on the menu, including chicken sausages and “mixtas” (a Guatemalan hot dog in a taco). New hours will be Thu and Sun 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12:30am.

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A look at the counter at Corridor Café. Photo: Nader Khouri.

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The croissant egg sandwich. Photo: Nader Khouri.

Now open in Mid-Market is ~CORRIDOR CAFÉ~ from the Hi Neighbor restaurant group (Fat Angel, Trestle, and Stones Throw) on the ground floor of the 100 Van Ness building. An exciting component is that it’s a partnership and chance for locals to try LAMILL Coffee, a well-regarded roaster based in Los Angeles. There are classic coffee drinks on the menu, plus some fun additions like a crème brûlée latte (cappuccino, caramel, and brûléed sugar) and two milk teas.

You’ll find Firebrand pastries (morning bun, bear claws, and more), housemade sandwiches, salads, and baked goods like a Corridor Cruffin (with Gruyère, prosciutto, and chive), blueberry muffin top, and cornbread bites with jalapeño-honey butter. Breakfast items include a mimosa-style yogurt parfait (vanilla and Champagne yogurt, winter citrus, housemade honey granola), a spinach quiche, and a croissant egg sandwich (bacon, egg, cheddar, and scallion crème fraîche on a Firebrand croissant, just $4).

Lunch includes a bay shrimp po’boy on a brioche hoagie with Old Bay-seasoned bay shrimp, lettuce, avocado, and pickled onions; a Cuban sandwich with shaved ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and pickles; and a falafel wrap.

The space was designed by Abueg Morris Architects, with a standing counter inside and outdoor seating too. Look for the second half of the project, Corridor, to open in April 2016 next to the café—it will serve “elevated comfort fare with smart-casual service and no need for reservations,” plus beer and wine. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 8am-2pm. 100 Van Ness Ave. at Fell.

And just a quick note that Outer Sunset’s ~ANDYTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS~ is opening a second location in Parkside this August at 3629 Taraval St. at 47th Ave. (via Hoodline).