June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016
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Communal table at the new Dum in the Mission. Yelp photo by Albertino M.

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Enjoy a scoop at the new Little Giant location in SF Yelp photo by C.H.

Some openings around town for you, starting with the opening of ~DUM~ in the former Local Mission Eatery. Owner Rupam Bhagat is behind the popular Indian food truck, Dum, and you’ll find some of its menu repeated on the restaurant menu, with dum chicken or lamb biryani, plus kati rolls and dahi puri, and daily specials, one meat and one vegetarian. Hours are Tue-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm. 3111 24th St. at Folsom, 415-874-9045.

Newly open in the Financial District is the SF location of ~LITTLE GIANT ICE CREAM~, an import from Oakland. They are known for their unusual flavors (asparagus or Mexican rocky road, anyone?) and robots! They are flanking Claude Lane, and you can perch on colorful stools in the alley. Since their Oakland factory HQ has an in-house, state-certified milk plant, they can make their own flavors with limited-production vat pasteurization equipment. Everything is made from scratch, including their awesome waffle cones! Hours are 12-9pm daily. 214 Sutter St. at Claude Lane.

Just a heads-up that ~TACOLICIOUS~ Marina is having its last service on Sunday June 26th, and will be closing in order for the team to do-si-do over to their new place just down Chestnut Street, which is due to open on Thursday June 30th. We’ll share some pics and details next week.

In the meantime, Tacolicious is launching its 7th Annual Summer Guest Chef Series benefiting CUESA. Come by the Tacolicious stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Thursdays for lunch from 10am-2pm, June 23rd-August 11th. Proceeds from the chefs’ tacos go directly to CUESA (they have raised $20,000 so far!). Any guest who purchases one of their guest chef tacos four times or more over the course of the series is eligible to enter to win a grand prize, so get a card stamped!

Here is the lineup:

6/23 Sarah and Evan Rich (Rich Table)
6/30 Jason Fox (Commonwealth, Oro)
7/7 Ryan Farr (4505 Meats)
7/14 Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski (State Bird Provisions, Progress)
7/21 Michael Tusk (Quince, Cotogna)
7/28 Telmo Faria (Uma Casa)
8/4 Special guest chef Donnie Masterton who’s flying up from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!
8/11 Adam Rosenblum (Popsons)

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Jane’s egg white sandwich with spinach, avocado, Sriracha, and provolone on house-baked bread. Photo via Facebook by Crystal Millan.

This is definitely something in the “I didn’t see that coming” camp: adored and stylish local baker and café ~JANE~ will be opening a third location in the previous Taco Bell/KFC combo space smack-dab in the middle of the Fillmore. Hoodline reports it will be used for bakery production, in addition to being a café space for the public (coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, and more). Owner Amanda Michael likes the strip mall location, one of the last in SF, and there’s that convenient parking lot! Look for a September opening. 1881 Geary Blvd at Steiner.

There are some rumors percolating on Chowhound that ~YANK SING~ is looking to take over the huge, 16,000-square-foot Crystal Jade location, and a post insinuates Yank Sing’s lease at Rincon Center is up soon. We reached out to Yank Sing, but they can’t comment at this time, so let’s just keep an eye on things.

In the meantime, if you swing by Crystal Jade this month (June), they are offering their xiao long bao soup dumplings for 25 cents apiece from 5pm-7pm. Orders are served in Crystal Jade’s bar area and on the outdoor patio, and the deal is limited to 2 orders (total of 8 pieces) per table. Regular price: $9 per order. Four Embarcadero Center, Drumm St. at Sacramento, 415-399-1200.

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Booth seating at Cadence. Photo by Tory Putnam.

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The classic late-night burger at Sam’s. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

After six months of business, ~CADENCE~ in Mid-Market is closing. Eater reports the last night of service will be Saturday July 2nd. (FYI, they are trying to clear their wine cellar and are selling bottles at 50 percent off.) You can read more in this note from owner Jay Bordeleau, who will continue to operate the adjoining jazz club and bar, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio (and Maven in the Lower Haight). No word on where chef Joey Elenterio is off to next. 1446 Market St. at Polk, 415-851-8561.

Was sorry to read Mike Shawa, the mustachioed owner of North Beach late-night burger church, ~SAM’S~, has passed away at the age of 70. Hoodline reports Shawa’s uncle Sam opened the burger joint in 1966. He will be missed by his many patrons, who he treated as kindly as family—because his customers were family! Condolences to his family and many friends.

Fans of the pupusas at the 18th Street location of ~BALOMPIÉ~ in the Mission should know the place is temporarily closed for a minimum of six months (possibly a year) for a retrofit. Look for a reopening in 2017—owner Amadeo Gonzalez has run Balompié for 28 years. The other Balompié at 3801 Mission Street remains open.

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Brunch is now served at Volta. Photo via Facebook.

The next time you’d like to do some brunch followed by downtown shopping, take note that ~VOLTA~ is now serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-2:30pm. There are poached eggs with smoked salmon, sautéed spinach, pain de mie, and dill hollandaise, or a tartine with toasted levain, wild mushroom ragout, jambon de Paris, egg yolk, and red wine reduction, plus items that lean more to the lunchy side. The full brunch menu can be viewed here. (There’s also a new happy hour and bar snacks menu, Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm.)

If you’re looking for a substantial lunch in the Mission, ~MYRIAD GASTROPUB~ is celebrating turning one by offering lunch service. The menu has dishes like BLT soup, a roasted chicken salad, and roasted lamb sandwich with Moroccan tomato jam, feta, cilantro aioli, and arugula salad. Lunch is Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. There’s also a late day/happy hour menu every day from 3pm-5pm. 2491 Mission St. at 21st St., 415-525-4335.

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