A bunch of smaller openings for you to note, including ~PHLOX COMMONS~, which just opened in the former Saha at the Hotel Carlton (the owner, Ryan Olson, previously worked at Saha—it ends up he’s a big hiker, and phlox is everywhere on his California hikes). The 49-seat room had a massive remodel from Hannah Collins Design (Belga, Delarosa Downtown) and feels light and bright, with a marble bar, blond woodwork, white tile, and shimmery wallpaper—a couple of skylights were revealed too.
It’s a casual spot, with a seasonal Cali comfort/gastropub menu (it’s on the site) that is priced right. Chef de cuisine Mina Kacos also makes some mad Old Bay chips, so you can always grab a seat at the bar for those and a glass of wine or beer (Brian Reccow of Specialistas Hospitality put together the list of 60 California-produced beers and wines). Breakfast Mon-Fri 7am-11am; weekend brunch Sat 8am-12pm and Sun 8am-2pm; dinner Tue-Thu and Sun 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. 1075 Sutter St. at Larkin, inside the Hotel Carlton, 415-500-2734.
~HINODEYA RAMEN~ is opening Wednesday November 23rd in Japantown, which Hoodline says is serving dashi broth-based ramen (think: umami-rich stock made from seaweed and seafood) from chef Masao Kuribara. The menu will add additional dishes added as they ramp up. They will be open for dinners, 5-10pm (including Thanksgiving), closed on Tuesdays. 1737 Buchanan St. at Sutter, 415-757-0552.
I mentioned that the Mixt (formerly Mixt Greens) folks were opening a Split Bread in the former La Boulange on Polk, and now they shortened the name to ~SPLIT~—and it’s open. To recap: the fast-casual menu highlights updated American classics.
Breakfast has chorizo hash with kale and squash, while the egg sandwich has housemade sausage. Lunch has a range of burgers, plus salads (which you can design yourself), sandwiches, and more. Dinner adds mains like fried chicken, Mt. Lassen trout, and a pork chop. Here’s a PDF of the entire menu with the prices—the sourcing is local and organic, with many housemade items. There’s also Four Barrel coffee, wine on tap, craft beer, and mimosas at brunch. You can also order online ahead of time. Open daily 8am-9pm. 2300 Polk St. at Green.
The popular Inner Sunset hot pot shop ~NABE~ has expanded to the Marina—just in time for the winter. Hoodline reports it features the same menu (for now) from siblings and owners Hilwin and Hubert Wong, with a modern look by Alan Tse. Dinner only, Sun-Thu 5pm-10:30pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. 2151 Lombard St. at Steiner, 415-345-8344.
Starting this week, Turkish-Mediterranean ~TROYA FILLMORE~ is changing its format to more of a fast-casual menu with counter service. There will be mezes, wraps and bowls, and kebabs and larger plates. The wine list will reflect more Mediterranean selections, and the beer list will be expanded as well. The space got a refresh and will feel more relaxed. Hours: 11am-8:30pm daily.