March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018

A rendering of the new Nico location in Jackson Square. Courtesy of Studio BBA.

After a six-month hiatus and move, ~NICO~ is finally set to reopen in Jackson Square (in the former Black Cat!) in early April. When they reopen, husband-and-wife team chef Nicolas and Andrea Delaroque will begin with weekday lunch service (Tue-Fri) and Saturday dinners, continuing with a modern French style highlighting market-fresh ingredients. There will be prix-fixe menus (either three courses for $38 or two for $32), while dinner will bring a four-course menu for $62, as well as a six-course $75 “carte blanche” menu, if you want a chef’s choice menu.

A new addition will be full liquor, so expect a tight cocktail list from consultant Danielle Peters (Wild Craft Wandering Bar Service). There will be some bar snacks, too, like wild mushroom waffle and Atika cheese. Look for some of the original team to return, from front of house to kitchen team members. They look forward to greeting their former customers. I’ll keep you posted on the opening. 710 Montgomery St. at Washington.

The former Thai Stick (a name that has made me laugh for years) in Pacific Heights/Upper Fillmore has new owners, and The New Fillmore confirms one of the three partners is John Litz, a partner in Lazy Bear. The new project will be fine casual—no tasting menus here—but you can still expect excellent hospitality. They will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu, with cocktails. His two chef-partners have reportedly cooked in “Michelin-starred restaurants locally and abroad” but that’s all we know on the food for now. There will also be a redesign, but the long bar will stay—and outdoor seating will be added. Stand by for more details. 2001 Fillmore at Pine.


Boiled fish, spicy chicken Sichuan style, and sliced pork with garlic at The Little Fresh. Photo courtesy of The Little Fresh.


Dumplings at Yuanbao Jiaozi. Yelp photo by Olivia W.

There’s a new delivery-only Chinese restaurant in the Inner Sunset called ~THE LITTLE FRESH~, and it looks pretty damn good—more than a little. The chef is from Tianjin, China, and the menu includes Sichuan and Northern Chinese dishes, like smashed cucumbers, spicy chicken Sichuan style, cold noodles with sliced chicken, and mapo tofu. Great news: they deliver late! You’ll find them on UberEats (use my code eats-ubertablehopper for $5 off) or use code MARCIAG on Postmates. Hours are Sun-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-1am. 420 Judah St. at 9th Ave.

In the Outer Sunset, there’s a new dumpling spot open called ~YUANBAO JIAOZI~, and they make their dumplings fresh and on-site. Flavors include celery and fish, pork and three delicacies (leek, egg, and shrimp), shrimp and zucchini, and more. You can get some of them in soup or panfried instead of steamed. There are also some side dishes to round out your meal. Open daily 11am-10pm. 2110 Irving St. at 22nd Ave.

Fans of the banh mi sandwiches (which include housemade mayo) from ~BUNN MIKE~ will find a new second location in Potrero Hill. You’ll also be able to pick up Dynamo Donut and coffee from Oakland’s AKA Coffee. Open daily 10:30am-5pm. 300 De Haro St. at 16th St. [Via Hoodline.]


On Sundays, BagelMacher is ready for you. Photo courtesy of PizzaHacker.


A margherita pizza from Casey’s Pizza. Photo courtesy of Casey’s Pizza.

Bagel lovers, you’re going to want to head to Bernal’s ~PIZZAHACKER~ on Sunday mornings for the new BagelMacher pop-up. You’ll find everything bagels, plus smoked salt, sesame, sesame za’atar, poppy, and a raisin ras el hanout (spicy)—yeah, that chef Robert Feely has no shortage of creativity. The bagels are naturally leavened (in keeping with the pizza magic they do over there) and boiled in lye water. Bagels are $2 each, and you can get shmears and more, like Sierra Nevada organic cream cheese, grass-fed butter, avocado, or fruit preserves for just $2.

There’s also the Big Macher ($10, on your choice of bagel) with lox, cucumber, red onion, capers, cream cheese, preserves (the menu says: “Yes, jelly and lox, just trust me”), served open-faced (again, the menu speaks: “What are we? Animals?”). If the jelly is just asking too much, you can also order the Lil Pisher, which is the same as Big Macher, but without jelly.

Available 10:30am-1pm, and they hope to expand to Saturdays soon. And just in case you’re planning to buy a bunch for your friends or the freezer, they’re only doing 150 a day, so no dozens to go just yet. There’s also coffee available from The Coffee Shop, so sit back and enjoy your brunch. 3299 Mission St. at 29th St.

More fun in pizza land: ~CASEY’S PIZZA~ in Mission Bay is now serving lunch on Fri (11:30am-3pm) and Sat (hours are 11:30am-9pm). Which means the brunch pie is back. And that’s a great thing. 1170 4th St. at Long Bridge.

Another tidbit for you: over near Precita Park, ~HILLSIDE SUPPER CLUB~ just turned five and has three new special offers, starting with a Sunday Supper, when guests can make their own $40 prix-fixe menu by choosing a dish from each menu category (starters, mains, and desserts—and there’s a chicken potpie currently on the menu, jus’ sayin’). They are also offering Free Corkage Mondays and “10 at 10” Weekends, when all small plate starters (there are nine to choose from) and wines by the glass are $10 from 10pm to close. Knowing their great wine list, you’ll want to check that out. 300 Precita Ave. at Folsom.


Doña Tomás is going to be serving a special Mexico City-inspired menu for one week. Photo via Facebook.


A two-meat dinner from 4505 can be on your table tonight. Photo: ©

~DOÑA TOMÁS~ owner Dona Savitsky recently returned from a trip to Mexico City and is launching a regional lunch menu for next week (Tuesday March 13th-Friday March 16th, 11am-2:30pm). The menu sounds delicioso: al pastor and grilled pineapple taco with fried onions and avocado salsa ($4.25), rajas en crema quesadilla with pico de gallo ($4.25), fried rock shrimp taco with chipotle aioli and purple cabbage ($4.25), tuna ceviche tostada with avocado, cucumber, and aioli ($6), and churros with Mexican chocolate ($5), plus a cucumber-pineapple agua fresca ($4). Pray for patio weather. 5004 Telegraph Ave. at 51st St., Oakland.

East Bay eaters have yet another way to score ~4505 BURGERS & BBQ~ at their door before 4505 opens this summer in Oakland: UberEats is now delivering every Wed-Sun from 5pm-9pm, which means you can get the best damn cheeseburger, or a two-meat plate, or their awesome Cobb salad. Hopper faves: the bone-in smoked chicken (OMG, order a half pound!), the brisket, the smoky posole (although they need to tweak the cost-size ratio), and the meaty baked beans. The pork spare ribs are epic. Look for some specials coming soon that will be unique to UberEats. Get $5 off your first order on UberEats with my code: eats-ubertablehopper.

Wine lovers will want to catch this screening of the documentary Our Blood Is Wine, about the 8,000-year-old winemaking tradition in the Republic of Georgia, on Sunday March 11th at The New Parkway at 3pm. There will be a Q&A and wine tasting following the screening with filmmaker Emily Railsback, sommelier Jeremy Quinn, and the Georgian winemakers featured in the film. 474 24th St. at Telegraph, Oakland.