April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

Friendly faces at Black Jet Baking Co. Photo courtesy of Black Jet Baking Co.


The Liberty Cafe banana cream pie. Photo courtesy of Black Jet Baking Co.


Meet the Boston Beam Croissant. Photo courtesy of Black Jet Baking Co.

Do you smell the wonderful aroma of morning buns wafting through Bernal Heights? Maybe (probably) it’s because ~BLACK JET BAKERY~ has opened! Big congrats to Gillian Shaw and her team, who have expanded the wholesale-only business to their first brick and mortar in the former Sandbox Bakery/Pinkie’s. Shaw says, “It’s such a treat to see people eat your stuff! Everyone has been ridiculously sweet—it’s awesome!”

In addition to their trademark spin on pop tarts, plus cakes, pies, cookies, and bars, there are some new additions on the menu, including croissants (made from the recipe Sandbox’s Mutsumi Takehara used; she is also the landlord!). There are also homages to the former Liberty Cafe in the shape of blueberry corn muffins and raspberry bran muffins, plus banana cream pie. Awwww. Look for hot cross buns for Easter and more.

Shaw pays homage to her Worcester upbringing, starting with some “bulkie” rolls, which are fluffy white rolls she grew up eating from the local Jewish bakery (she says it’s light and airy and like a kaiser roll), and it’s what they’re using for their breakfast sandwiches.

Another fun one is the Boston Beam Croissant—her sister (with the married name of Beam) was the evil inspiration to fill a croissant with pastry cream and then drizzle it with chocolate ganache. Wicked pissah.

And then there’s Shaw’s obsession with Fluff, which they are making their own version of and using in their spin on fluffernutter cookies. But here’s where it gets demented: they’re also doing a Somerville latte, which is a latte with a shot of Fluff!

They have partnered with Ritual Coffee for coffee and espresso service (Ritual was their first account back in the day), and they are also serving Song Tea, including a batch of brewed iced tea that has been popular these past warm days.

There are some benches attached to the building where you can perch. Swing by and welcome them to the neighborhood! Keep up with all the goodies at @blackjetbaker. Initial hours are Wed-Fri 6:30am-3pm-ish and Sat-Sun 7am-3pm-ish. 833 Cortland St. at Gates.


Evan and Sarah Rich. Photo: Kassie Borreson.

Quick update for you on ~RT ROTISSERIE~, the upcoming fast-casual/counter-service rotisserie place opening this month from Evan and Sarah Rich of Rich Table in Hayes Valley.

The menu will feature rotisserie chicken (from Rocky Jr.), porchetta (from Olivier’s Butchery), and cauliflower (yup, also from the rotisserie!), all prepared the same way with a buttermilk brine, umami powder, garlic, and Douglas fir, and then brushed with a smoked, roasted garlic oil, and finished with fresh herbs, including dill, shiso, parsley, and mint, and lemon on the side. There will be four or five sauces, like cilantro chimichurri and avocado ranch, and sides like umami sweet potato fries (dusted with porcini powder and herb mix), charred cabbage slaw, and who can say no to oysters on the half shell while you wait for your dinner?

You can enjoy the mains as sandwiches—served on a house-baked San Francisco-style Dutch crunch bread—or in a salad, with seasonal market greens like Little Gem, kale, or chicories, tossed with a miso vinaigrette and a house herb and seed mix. Beer and wine, including a proprietary pinot noir bottling from Jamie Kutch of Kutch Wines, check.

Dessert includes mint chocolate cookies, crackle sugar-topped molasses cookies, a bowl of market fruit, and a milk ice and seasonal sorbet blend.

The 800-square-foot space will have 46 seats, full of windows and natural light, plus continuing the design style of Rich Table’s white oak walls, although now there’s a chicken logo mural (which Evan’s dad designed, awww).

Hours will be daily 11am-9pm—I’ll keep you posted on the opening date. They will also be offering delivery on Caviar. 101 Oak St. at Franklin.


Sababa’s falafel sandwich will be back! Photo: Cameron Neilson.


Sharpening at Bernal Cutlery. Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux.

There are many cases when two are better than one. You know, like a ménage à trois. Ha-ha, I kid, maybe I’m not, anyway, let’s get back on topic. OKAY. There is going to be a second location of the popular ~SABABA~ coming to the Financial District, to 554 Commercial St., just seven minutes away from the original. Lunch service will be coming first, and a seasonal salad will be added. There will also be a larger dining area. Hoodline reports owner Guy Eshel will be able to ramp up more catering and delivery of their fantastic Middle Eastern bowls, hummus plates, and sandwiches in their house-baked pita (the original Kearny Street location is maxed to capacity). Look for a May opening.

Intrepid tipster Jason B. reports there is a second ~STREET TACO~ taqueria coming to SoMa at 83 9th St. My inquiries about the opening went unanswered at the original Haight Street location, but I’ll keep you posted as best I can. 83 9th St. at Mission.

You like shiny and sharp things? ~BERNAL CUTLERY~ is opening a second location in the Mission, which will be a new sharpening workshop and class space around the corner from their shop on Guerrero. Look for classes from owner Josh Donald on basic Japanese whetstone sharpening (along with free drop-in tutorials), while co-owner Kelly Kozak will be offering workshops for community nutrition educators and knife skills classes for kids and families (“Timmy, don’t point that at mommy!”). April 28th will be a soft opening celebration (at 7pm) with Taka Tozawa and Sea Forager’s Kirk Lombard showing the art of breaking down a fish two ways, along with sidewalk grilling, snacks, and drinks. (Mark you calendar!) Bernal Cutlery Workshop, 3505 17th St. at Guerrero, 415-355-0773.

The ~LE MARAIS BAKERY~ team is getting close to opening their second Castro location, and word is out that they’re also going to be opening a new bakery at 1138 Sutter St. in Lower Nob Hill in the former Larkin Street Youth Center. Hoodline mentions the 5,000-square-foot space will also be a production facility, and interestingly, “the youth center’s former offices will be turned into separate tempered rooms for cakes, croissants, and even a small chocolate room.” There will be a 20-seat pastry counter, and even though the offerings will be simplified with brunch, lunch, and pastries, quiches, coffee, and tea, it may scale up in the future. The production component will roll out first in the summer. 1138 Sutter St. at Larkin.


The Bakesale Betty fried chicken sandwich (at a Chase Center media event). Photo via Facebook.

It’s a couple of years out—the start of 2019-20 NBA Season—but the lineup of food vendors at the upcoming Chase Center has been announced (through Bon Appétit Management Company and Levy). While watching a Warriors game, you’ll be able to nosh on fried chicken sandwiches from Oakland’s Bakesale Betty, plus food from San Francisco’s Tacolicious, Sam’s Chowder House of Half Moon Bay, the Hot Dog Bill’s Burger Dog (previously available only to members at San Francisco’s Olympic Club Golf Course), and in homage to the Warriors’ history and late NBA Hall-of-Famer Nate Thurmond, Chase Center will revive Big Nate’s BBQ. They wanted to offer an “only in the Bay Area” experience for visitors and will also be including Bay Area restaurants through their Taste Makers at Chase Center program. Mission Bay Blocks 29-32.

If you were curious who’s taking over ~THE CORNER STORE~ at Geary and Masonic, Hoodline reports it’s going to be a third location of ~MO’Z CAFE~—you may know the location on 5th Street in SoMa. It’s a pretty straightforward breakfast and lunch place, with brunch classics, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Dinner is also going to be offered, and it will have a casual and family-friendly vibe. Look for an opening in April.


Iza Ramen. Photo via Facebook.

Want to mix up your usual lunch lineup? Now serving lunch in SoMa is the latest location of ~IZA RAMEN~, serving lunch Thu-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm. Take a peek at the menu. 1155 Folsom St. at 8th St., 628-444-3070.

And then over in Cow Hollow, ~CONTRADA~ is serving their lunch/brunch Wed-Sun 11:30am-3pm. Wait until you see their awesome back patio. Here’s the menu. 2136 Union St. at Fillmore, 415-926-8916.


The Vietnamese coffee ice cream at Humphry Slocombe. Photo © FrankenyImages.com.


Kured Pork-Betta sandwich with crispy cured pork shoulder and belly with shaved fennel salad and greens. Photo: Tory Putnam.


The communal seating at Victory Burger. Yelp photo via Aaron M.

Exciting news for ice cream fans: ~HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE~ is coming across the bay and is opening a shop in Oakland at the Hive in Uptown, joining Drake’s Brewery, Firebrand Artisan Breads, Red Bay Coffee, and Calavera. Look for an opening this summer, and Nosh reports founders Jake Godby and Sean Vahey will be launching their own Oakland flavor. Can’t wait to see what the Jesus Juice creators come up with. 2335 Broadway at 24th St., Oakland.

Chef-owner Paul Canales of ~DUENDE~ is launching Kured this Wednesday April 5th, a fast-casual lunch concept in Duende’s bodega. Come by for cured meat sandwiches, including Paul’s housemade sausages (like boudin blanc, spicy Italian, and merguez), plus the Pork-Betta Sandwich, with crispy cured pork shoulder and belly ($10), and a Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($8). There are also three salads. Open Wed-Fri 11am-2pm. 468 19th St. at Broadway, Oakland.

Rachel Herbert’s San Francisco-based Park Café Group (Dolores Park Café, Precita Park Café, Duboce Park Café) is now expanding to the East Bay and opening ~PARADISE PARK CAFÉ~ in the former Actual Café on the Emeryville/North Oakland border, which is an area Herbert was happy to discover is called Paradise Park. She said she knew Actual was a great 49-seat café and an important part of the neighborhood, and she wants to bring something good to the area.

It will have a similar offering to the Precita Park Café menu, with breakfast items, smoothies and juices, sandwiches, salads, and plenty of organic, healthy, and vegan options. They will be serving Equator Coffee and are currently tasting for another small Oakland coffee to highlight as well. Local beer will be on tap (with many of the new brews popping up). They are targeting June, hours will be 7am-8pm. 6334 San Pablo Ave. at Alcatraz, Oakland.

But wait, there’s more! Herbert is also taking over the flanking (and closed) ~VICTORY BURGER~ space and will be using the 20-seat space (indoor and outdoor) to host pop-ups, primarily dinner pop-ups. Look for more details on that soon, including a final name. For now, they’re referring to it as Paradise Kitchen Pop-Up. 1099 Alcatraz Ave. at San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

Was sorry to read in the Palmento a Dopo newsletter that the group has decided to close ~ADESSO~ after eight years of serving us some awesome salumi and wines and more. They haven’t set a date yet, but will be running some specials in these final weeks. In their note, they say: “We’d love to see and hear from all of you. It’s truly impossible to overstate how much we appreciate all the employees and customers who have made the past eight years possible.” 4395 Piedmont Ave. at Pleasant Valley Rd., Oakland, 510-601-0305.