April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017
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Grab a spoon, Salt & Straw ice cream is here. Photo: Leela Cyd.

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Cold udon at Kagawa-Ya Udon. Yelp photo by Kat C.

Ice cream fanatics, your time to enjoy Portland’s ~SALT & STRAW~ ice cream is now. Well, almost: Friday is go time for their Fillmore shop, the first in San Francisco. The shop is founded by Kim Malek with her cousin, Tyler, and their ice cream is known for its artisanal and handmade approach—they will also be working with local makers and purveyors for flavor inspiration. Their flavors will fall into three categories: SF classics (only available in SF); SF seasonals (only in SF, but for a limited time); and Crossover classics (available at all S&S locations, which are also in Los Angeles).

You can look at the initial menu here and start pining for flavors like cinnamon ancho and cajeta, or olive oil and lemon custard (yum). Trust me, the roasted strawberry and tres leches is soooo good. Hours will be 11am-11pm. Open Friday April 14th. They will also be at Off the Grid Fort Mason on Fridays. Their second location, in Hayes Valley (580 Hayes St.), will be opening in the summer. 2201 Fillmore St. at Sacramento.

Now open in Mid-Market is ~KAGAWA-YA UDON NOODLE CO.~, a quick-service, 40-seat spot serving Sanuki-style udon (it has a square shape and flat edges, famous in the udon-crazy Kagawa Prefecture in the Shikoku region of Japan, hence the restaurant’s name). I mentioned this spot last month, but here’s the menu—there are many options, including some accompaniments to the udon, and it’s meant to be fast. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. 1455 Market St. at 10th St., 415-703-0995.

Late-night denizens and SoMa partiers, you should know there’s a new pizza place open called ~ANTON’S PIZZA AND DELI~ in the former Citizen’s Band (RIP, sigh), and it has some handy hours for pizza (no slices just yet) and sandwiches (peep the menu here). Open Mon-Wed 10am-12am, Thu-Sun 10am-3am. 1196 Folsom St. at 8th St.

One more little neighborhood opening: ~TEKKA HOUSE~ has opened in the former Tataki in Glen Park and is serving some pretty straight-ahead/give the people what we think they want sushi (i.e., there are wacky rolls). They also have ramen on the menu. Open Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 678 Chenery St. at Diamond.

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The exterior of Nourish. Photo from Facebook.

ABC license activity points to a sequel for the 100 percent plant-based and organic/non-GMO ~NOURISH CAFE~: the Inner Richmond café is moving into the former Flour & Co. on Hyde Street in Nob Hill. Eater followed up with chef Brighton Miller and partner Sarah Bacon (she has thought about a name change, I am sure), who will be offering all kinds of vegan items, from salads and sandwiches (and wraps, of course) to vegan baked goods, grain bowls, acai bowls, and smoothies to start your day. They will also be adding Stumptown Coffee espresso drinks and kombucha on tap. They are targeting an early May opening. Hours will be Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm. 1030 Hyde St. at California.

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Some of the new sunny seating at Aina. Instagram photo via @ainabrunch.

Just in time for spring and more sun, the charming ~AINA~ in Dogpatch has added outdoor seating. It should help cut down on wait times, especially for their popular brunch, and you can bring your furry Fido to sit on the sidewalk with you while you enjoy your malasadas. 900 22nd St. at Minnesota, 415-814-3815.

If you’re looking for a place to perch and enjoy bar bites like spicy yam cake and shio koji beef tongue, ~YUZUKI JAPANESE EATERY~ is offering their version of a bar food/small plates menu (“otsumami”) meant to pair with sake. It’s available Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, and to coax you to come in, they’re offering a 20 percent discount on the restaurant’s fab selection of 720ml bottles of sake. 598 Guerrero St. at 18th St., 415-556-9898.

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A truffle and sea urchin dish at Mosu. Photo via Yelp by Dan H.

The spendy (I’ll just say it, crazily overpriced at $195 for the odd experience) ~MOSU~ is closing this month. Eater writes that it’s not for financial reasons, but because chef-owner Sung Anh is moving back to Korea to be with his wife and children and to open Mosu Seoul in the fall. However, it sounds like he does hope to return to SF at some point. 1552 Fillmore St. at Geary, 415-735-7303.

Longtime ~RISTORANTE UMBRIA~, which has been holding down the corner of 2nd Street and Howard for 20-plus years (since 1995!) with its trademark awnings, is closing May 1st. Scoop reports they are losing their lease. 198 2nd St. at Howard, 415-546-6985.

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