April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016
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The eggs Benedict that makes everyone line up on the weekend at Mission Beach Cafe. Yelp photo by Hasaney S.

We have been waiting to hear from Bill Clarke of ~MISSION BEACH CAFE~ about his plans for the former Luna Park space, and a tablehopper reader just forwarded a letter sent to people in the neighborhood. It’s going to be called ~MISSION BEACH VALENCIA~, and they plan to offer a similar style of food to MBC, but with different menus.

One fun option: they will be serving brunch until very late at night, like 1am. So yes, it sounds like you’ll be able to get Mission Beach Cafe’s famed eggs Benedict on a housemade English muffin (with crab or bay shrimp or mushrooms) until laaaaate. There will also be a full bar, so expect some cocktails too—which will help drive the need for that late-night brunch. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. 694 Valencia St. at 17th St.

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The new Barbary Coast Gastropub. Photo via Facebook.

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Loco moco at the new ‘Aina in Dogpatch. Yelp photo by Simon F.

It looks like ~BARBARY COAST GASTROPUB~ has finally opened in the former Bocce Cafe in North Beach, just in time for everyone to enjoy that big outdoor patio. It’s from the owners of the Grant & Green Saloon.

The dinner menu from chef James Liles includes a variety of wings (buffalo, Korean, and more), pizzas, a few salads like a kale Caesar, and sandwiches, from fried chicken to duck confit banh mi, and a grain bowl for you healthy types. They also just launched brunch, which is not your typical lineup. It includes Moroccan baked eggs, an egg hopper made with crêpe batter, horchata pain perdu, and biscuits with chorizo gravy. There’s a full bar, happy hour runs 5pm-7pm (draft beers from $4, house wines from $5, and craft cocktails from $8), and again, that patio! Also, for those who remember, this was the historic location of the Old Spaghetti Factory back in the day. Hours: Mon, Wed-Thu, Sun 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm; brunch Fri-Sun 10am-2:30pm; closed Tue. 478 Green St. at Grant, 415-788-0115.

It looks like ~AINA~ is holding some soft opening meals in their new location in Dogpatch. Over the weekend, their modern Hawaiian brunch included dishes like kalua pork belly with kimchi, poached eggs, arugula purée, and asparagus; taro French toast; kalbi loco moco with fried eggs and a mushroom sauce; smoked king salmon with tea egg and quinoa; Spam musubi; chicken katsu; and Saint Frank coffee. We’ll update you with details and grand opening info soon. 900 22nd St. at Minnesota, 415-814-3815.

We mentioned ~MORTY’S DELICATESSEN~ was getting new owners, and it’s now open. Sounds like they updated the dining room, but the favorites on the menu remain. Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Check out the menu and more here.

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The iconic exterior of Grubstake. Yelp photo by トモ T.

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The many slices you can get at The Pizza Shop, and now for lunch too! Photo via Facebook.

I received a press release stating the new owners of the beloved old-school ~GRUBSTAKE~ diner, Nick Pigott and Jimmy Consos, have revised their redevelopment proposal, and it sounds like the Grubstake may survive in some form after all. The proposed 15-unit building will have its entrance on Austin Alley, instead of Pine Street.

It also sounds like they will be operating the diner as is until groundbreaking (looking like late spring or early summer of 2017) and are looking into a pop-up or temporary location for the diner during construction. They will be upgrading the restaurant to “2016 standards for seismic integrity, accessibility, and water and electrical infrastructure.” But then this is where it sounds like things will be changed: “The reimagined restaurant mirrors Grubstake’s classic railcar theme, maintains the menu and vibe, and ensures Grubstake remains a neighborhood institution.”
 
We’ll have to find out what reimagined really means. In the meantime, get your caldo verde in the original funky interior while you can. 1525 Pine St. at Polk.

Fellow fans of the New York-style slices at ~THE PIZZA SHOP~ in the Mission can now come by during the day for a slice or two. Thanks to a tablehopper tip, we learned they are now offering lunch, and open daily 11am-10pm. You’re welcome. 3104 24th St. at Folsom, 415-824-1840.

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A look inside the upcoming Foodhall. Photo via Instagram.

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A look inside the spacious Duc Loi’s Pantry location (from a few months ago). Photo via Facebook.

A couple of new projects for your consideration. First, opening mid-May at the prime corner of Valencia and 16th Street will be ~FOODHALL~, a 2,500-square-foot indoor market founded by two “passionate foodies” and ex-investment bankers from London, Bilal Mannaa and Yasmin Murtadha.

Scoop’s piece mentions they are taking their inspiration from “the great food halls of Europe” and will stock charcuterie, cheese (selected by British cheese expert Julie Harbutt), coffee, pastries, pantry staples, craft beers, wines selected by Master Sommelier Eric Entrikin, and spirits. Products from local food purveyors will be available, and there will also be prepared foods, recipes, and ingredients to cook at home, classes, and more. So, yeah, it’s going to be a far cry from the Val 16 Latino market that held down that corner for years and was forced out a couple of years ago—I miss seeing the piñatas and overflowing fruit stands on that corner. But one good thing: Eater’s piece mentions, “Any prepared food not sold each day will be donated.” 3100 16th St. at Valencia.

Meanwhile, I’m really happy to hear Bayview is going to be getting a market to replace the Fresh & Easy that closed on Third Street. And not just any market, but SF’s very own ~DUC LOI MARKET~ (family-owned since 1987!). ~DUC LOI’S PANTRY~ will open in May, and will be a full-service (and affordable) grocery store, with meat, fish, produce, and more, plus household items, beer, wine, and spirits, and a deli serving their banh mi sandwiches. Read Hoodline’s piece about founder Howard Ngo, a refugee who left Vietnam in 1979, for maximum inspiration. Hours will be 8am-8pm. 5900 3rd St. at Carroll Ave.

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A few items for the food lover’s calendar (that would be yours):

Katie Parla is in town from Rome on Thursday April 28th to talk about and sign her beautiful new book, Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors & Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City, at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ at 6:30pm.

Local writer Sarah Henry has a new book, Farmsteads of the California Coast. The book features a behind-the-scenes look at a dozen of our favorite Golden State farms that hug the coast (Hog Island, Pie Ranch, Swanton, and more), with recipes too. There will be an Edible Excursions-sponsored book signing and family-style dinner on Wednesday May 11th from 6:30-9:30pm at the Cook and Her Farmer, prepared by chef Romney Steele. 6:30pm-9pm. $115 all-inclusive: dinner, drinks, tip, and tax, and a copy of Farmsteads. Swan’s Marketplace, 510 9th St., Oakland.

JCCSF Arts & Ideas and the San Francisco Film Society are co-presenting a cool program called Food on Film, featuring notable chefs and a film matched to the theme of each event. The May 4th Chef’s Table event with Dominique Crenn is sold out, but don’t miss tickets for The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover with Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski on Wednesday June 1st at the JCCSF. Tickets: $27, Premium: $37, and JCCSF and SFFS members get 10 percent off.

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Smoky time at Hina Yakitori. Photo via Facebook.

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Bowls at Sweetgreen. Photo courtesy of Sweetgreen.

There is a new izakaya in Oakland that pays homage to grilled chicken (yakitori) called ~HINA YAKITORI~. Owner Jonathan Moon has brought on Tommy Clearly, previously at Tori + Salon in Tokyo, and Ippuku and B-Dama in the 510. There is a limited number of whole chickens they break down each night and cook over binchotan. You can look at an early sample menu here. The soft opening is still under way, so when they run out, they run out. Open Wed-Sat 5:45pm-9:30pm (for now). Via Scoop. 4828 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-593-2004.  

Opening today (April 19th) in the former Oscar’s in Berkeley is ~SWEETGREEN~, a fast-casual place focused on serving seasonal, fresh, and healthy food. They strive to take an active part in contributing to and investing in the communities they serve. In Berkeley, they aim to revitalize school gardens in the neighborhood and have an ongoing partnership with Edible Schoolyard. Sample dishes include their vegan umami grain bowl with portobello mushrooms and roasted organic sesame tofu from Hodo Soy, a falafel and feta dish using local feta, a salad with roasted chicken from Mary’s, and more—and everything is reasonably priced. Open daily 10:30am-10pm. 1890 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

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