May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016
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An array of salads and hummus at Sababa. Photo via Facebook.

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Some of the vintage seating and styling at Evil Eye. Photo courtesy of Evil Eye.

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Fried chicken sandwich at K+O Kitchen. Photo via Facebook.

Now open in the Financial District is ~SABABA~, which we mentioned was opening in the former Paladar location. The fast-casual/takeout Israeli street food spot is from Guy Eshel, previously AQ.

He’s serving freshly made pita (it’s made on location, check out the Wood Stone oven!), which you can get stuffed with falafel, kofta (ground beef kebab), char-grilled chicken, or sabik (eggplant and egg). You can also order pita, hummus, and salad (like Israeli salad or quinoa tabbouleh or roasted beets), or a bowl with hummus and three salads. Quality ingredients and housemade items will be in heavy play here. Check out the menu. Hours are Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. 329 Kearny St. at Bush, 415-800-6853.

Opening Thursday June 2nd in the former Coco Frio (also previously Savanna Jazz) in the Mission is ~EVIL EYE~. Husband-and-wife owners Matt and Piper Norris are opening a laid-back neighborhood bar in the space, with inventive cocktails served in vintage glassware. They will also be offering punch bowls, seasonal cocktails, and wine and beer too. Matt Norris was an owner and beverage director at Soluna. There will be small plates and bar bites from consulting chef Francis Hogan (currently chef-owner of Sabio on Main in the East Bay, and previously executive chef at Bluestem Brasserie and Soluna). There will be cheese and charcuterie selected by Mission Cheese, and Humphry Slocombe ice cream.

Piper Morris designed the space to have a “funky bohemian rock ‘n’ roll vibe” with vintage furnishings that are evocative of SF bars in the 1970s. There’s also a pool table and two classic pinball machines. Hours are Tue-Thu 3:30pm-10pm and Fri-Sat 3pm-12am. 2937 Mission St. at 25th St., 415-814-3779.

Right by the ballpark, Woodbury and Alchemist Bar are now serving food via ~K+O KITCHEN~ from executive chef and owner Ola Fendert and head chef Kelvin Ott. On the menu: sandwiches, salads, and hearty American classics (peep the menu here). Lunch includes a CBLT with organic Rocky chicken, oven-roasted tomatoes, bacon, aioli and arugula; and roasted beets with watermelon, watercress, Humboldt Fog cheese, pistachios, and a fresh thyme-Champagne vinaigrette.

Dinner includes fully loaded tots with pulled pork, pancetta arbol chili, mozzarella, and cheddar, and of course Ola’s 48-hour braised ribs with ginger-soy glaze and red cabbage and apple slaw, plus rotisserie chicken.

Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm and Sat 11:30am-12am. During baseball season and when the Giants are in town, they serve dinner only. 685 3rd St. at Townsend, 415-802-8398.

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The inimitable and Venetian-inspired dining room at Da Flora. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

If you come to North Beach icon ~DA FLORA~, you won’t be seeing owner Flora Gaspar on the floor anymore—after opening it in 1994, she has sold the restaurant to her chef, Jen McMahon, and McMahon’s husband, Darren Lacy. Scoop reports she just turned 60 and it sounds like she wants to ease up and focus on her new shop just next door, Rialto Mercato, which we told you about at Christmastime. Don’t expect much to change (except maybe some more reservation-less folks will be let in—Flora was notorious for her watchdog stance at the door), and she will still be doing the wine list for Da Flora. 701 Columbus Ave. at Filbert, 415-981-4664.

Lunch deal alert: ~MICHAEL MINA~, ~RN74~, and ~PABU~ are offering a three-course lunch deal for $35 all summer long called Out to Lunch. Check out the menus here: Michael Mina, RN74, and Pabu.

One more note from Mina land: the latest pop-up concept at ~MINA TEST KITCHEN~ is International Smoke, which Mina is collaborating on with cookbook author Ayesha Curry (The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well, and yes, she’s Steph Curry’s wife), featuring “the lighter side of barbecue, grilled, and smoked meats—with flavors from all around the world and fresh seasonal produce.” Here’s the menu. All dishes will be served family style; tickets are $45 for the four-course menu, and additional courses (like binchotan barbecue lobster) will be available for a supplemental price. Reservations are now available for tables starting Saturday June 4th. Open Wed-Sat. 2120 Greenwich St. at Fillmore St., 415-310-8371. 

Also on the lunch circuit: ~THE TREASURY~ in the FiDi has started serving lunch, and not just cocktails and bites in the evening. You can get a chopped salad with blue cheese and Madrange ham, or a grain salad dressed with coconut curry vinaigrette, plus a pork banh mi with sambal aioli or a tuna melt with albacore confit and Roncevaux cheese. Served Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, and the full bar opens at 3pm in case you want to make your Friday lunch a late one. 200 Bush St. at Sansome.

Are you over pancakes and everything with an egg on top for brunch? Then check out The Brunch Pre-Game, a new event series brought to you by Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters. This weekend (Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th), you’ll get to enjoy two kinds of Wrecking Ball’s coffee in their SoMa microroastery space, along with a duo of toasts and a “breakfast salad” made by two local pastry chefs (Krista Allvey and Kari Shaughnessy).

Should be a fun and communal dining experience. 9am-11:30am. Tickets ($18) and more info here—and they’re even making a donation to Seven Tepees Youth Program.

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The breakfast sandwich at LocoL Oakland. Photo: Audrey Ma.

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“Crunchies”/chicken nugs at LocoL Oakland. Photo: Audrey Ma.

Big congrats to Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi for getting their second location of ~LOCOL~ open (the first was in Watts). It has just opened in Daniel Patterson’s former Plum location in Oakland, and it’s an exciting continuation of their quest to offer food that is healthy and affordable in neighborhoods and communities that need an alternative to fast food. Their burgers and spin on chicken nuggets and other eats are made with quality ingredients and in a healthier manner that won’t fast-track consumers to diabetes and obesity. For example, the burger has some tofu and grains in the patty—it’s not straight-up feedlot beef soaking in grease and loaded with sodium and random “flavors.” So though the menu isn’t quite centered on vegan rice bowls, you actually can find a vegetable and crushed tofu stew for those who want to go in that direction.

Take a look at the menu: cheeseburgers are $5 (there’s also a barbecue turkey burger, vegetarian burger, and fried chicken), while bowls are $7 (from a noodle bowl to a chili bowl, and the hilariously named “Bulgar Language”). “Foldies” are like a quesadilla for just $3, and “crunchies” are the nugget replacement, available either as chicken or vegetarian, for $4. No sodas, so don’t ask. Enjoy an agua fresca instead.

There’s also a breakfast menu, with four versions of their breakfast sandwich ($5), French toast holes ($3), yogurt and granola ($4), and green juice ($3). Check them out, spread the word, and let’s support this venture, which is trying to make a positive change in the community. You can also check out their merch—any purchases help them keep this moving forward. Open daily 8am-8pm. 2214 Broadway near Grand, Oakland.    

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