March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020
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Mezze and mana’eesh at the new Reem’s Mission! Photo: Angelina Hong Media.

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The cheerful new space. Yelp photo by aL Z.

Wow, that was fast! Congrats to Reem Assil (Reem’s California) for getting ~REEM’S MISSION~ open in the former (and missed) Mission Pie location relatively quickly. Considering how slowly things move in restaurant opening and permit land, it’s downright impressive!

Her new Arab bakery and café will be offering the breakfast and expanded bread/pastry menu she originally envisioned for her business in Fruitvale. She’s also going to serve her popular mana’eesh (oven-baked flatbreads)—which you can add all kinds of toppings to—plus mezze with fresh pita, along with plenty of new items, including ka’ik sandwiches on sesame bread, stuffed with egg salad, the hipster with avocado and house chile spice blend, or La Gringa, with Oaxacan cheese, pickles, and broth. Check the menu here. Save room for her knefah for dessert, and more pastries in the case. Reem’s will eventually offer brunch and dinner service (there’s also beer, wine, and espresso service, plus non-alcoholic refreshments—check the menu).

The space is colorful, with cheerful tiles and punches of turquoise and bright green table stands (with some good-looking Thonet chairs). You can survey the baked goods in the pastry case, order at the counter, and then enjoy your stuffed savory or sweet goodie, cardamom latte, and more at your table, looking out on the busy Mission corner.

For now, they’re doing a soft opening until March 27th on weekdays (Mon-Fri) 9am-2pm. Head on in to check it out! And then get ready for their grand opening party on Friday March 27th (7pm-10pm). Stay tuned for full opening hours soon. And don’t miss Reem on the second season of Ugly Delicious on Netflix! 2901 Mission St. at 25th St.

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Get excited for a slice of bee sting (bienenstich) cake! Photo courtesy of Hahdough.

Back in June, I wrote about ~HAHDOUGH~’s upcoming brick-and-mortar bakery, and now Nopa can claim a German bakery to the neighborhood’s roster of cool businesses.

To recap, it’s from baker Ha Do, known for her stand at the Inner Sunset and San Mateo farmers’ markets. She has many fans of her vanilla cream or seasonal (and organic) fruit jam-filled Berliners, pretzel croissants, and German cakes and tortes. You now have a place to sit down for a slice of cake and Linea Caffe espresso, like black forest cake, bee sting (bienenstich) cake, mousse cakes, and traditional German cheesecake (made with quark). You’ll additionally find almond cookies, fruit pies, and hazelnut twists, plus other new goodies. There will also be a Hahdough window opening in Hayes Valley soon (at the Cakemaker space at 509 Laguna St.), will keep you posted.

Hours to start are Tue-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8:30am-5:30pm, and Sun 8:30am-4pm. 1221 Fell St. at Divisadero.

There’s a new taco spot open in the Castro, ~TACO BOYS~, with a variety of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, bowls, nachos, and there’s even a chimichanga on there (dangerous). It’s right by the new Bonita Taqueria y Rotisserie (3600 16th St.), but hopefully the difference in the menus will be enough for them to coexist nicely. The late-night hours are extra-special, I’m going to remember this! Sun-Wed 11am-12am, Thu-Sat 11am-3am. 2312 Market St. at Noe.

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Chef Anthony Strong is ready to feed you in The Campfire Room at Prairie. Photo: Edna Zhou.

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The poke bowl at Horsefeather. Photo courtesy of Horsefeather.

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Meet Creator, the burger maker. Photo: Aubrie Pick.

There are some restaurant changes and tweaks happening, starting with ~PRAIRIE~ in the Mission—chef Anthony Strong is pivoting to highlight even more of a live-fire format on his menu (check it out) and there’s a new dining experience in their new private dining room: The Campfire Room. It’s a nightly (at 7pm) family-style feast of dishes cooked over their charcoal grills, a handmade pasta, and dessert by pastry chef Alison Sullivan, plus guests enjoy a cocktail on arrival. Reserve here. For the first month, use code ALLGRILLEDEVERYTHING for 10 percent off your ticket (starting at $78).

More fire and meat: after suffering a fire on New Year’s Eve, ~ITTORYU GOZU~ is due to reopen Thursday April 16th, and they are going live with Tock reservations this Thursday March 12th. The custom-made hearth has been fixed, and chef-owner Marc Zimmerman and co-owner/partner Ben Jorgensen have made some tweaks to the experience: the updated menu will feature more beef than before (layering in a variety of curing, aging, and fermenting techniques), and there will now only be one menu, ranging from $125-$150, and seatings at 5pm and 8:30pm.

Guests can also book a tasting experience in the Whisky Lounge, with their new whisky specialist Adam Riddle (previously Roka Akor), while seated around a custom-designed marble table.

Some new late-night eats for you are happening at ~HORSEFEATHER~ on Divisadero. They just launched a new “The Late Late” menu (served nightly from 10pm until 1am), with dishes like deviled ramen eggs, a tuna poke bowl, and fried chicken. You can also get the Burger Bundle ($20), and enjoy the double cheeseburger with a 12 oz. beer. Look for rotating specials from each kitchen staff member (prep cook Alba Martinez is currently offering El Salvadoran pastelitos (similar to empanadas) with potato, chicken, achiote, green beans, homemade rojo salsa, and curtido. 528 Divisadero St. at Hayes.

~PRUBECHU~ in the Mission launched a Second Sundays brunch, 11am-2pm. Tuck into Guamanian dishes like corned beef fried red rice with kimchee and eggs, and coconut milk toast with pistachio butter and agave. The next one should be Sunday April 12th!

And ~CREATOR~, the mechanized burger place, has expanded hours to Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, and is offering a happy hour menu 2pm-8pm (including a burger and beer for $10; add fries for $2). You can check out the full menu of chef collaborative burgers and new snacks here. There’s also a new vegetarian burger, in partnership with Hodo Soy. 680 Folsom St. at 3rd St.

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Bar Agricole, designed by Aidlin Darling. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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The airy and colorful style of the upcoming AL’s Deli. Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux.

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L’enfant-Terrible ale from Social Kitchen & Brewery.

There are some unfortunate closures to announce: ~BAR AGRICOLE~ is closing on April 15th, after ten years in their award-winning and beautifully designed SoMa space. What they didn’t mention in their newsletter is they are moving to a “luxury residential complex at 1550 Mission St., in late 2020” (via the Chronicle). More on that soon. They’re planning a big farewell party for April 15th, and since it’s tax day, you may as well drink some brilliant cocktails and kiss it all goodbye.

San Francisco Business Times reports that ~MARKETBAR~ at the Ferry Building is closing after 17 years due to their lease ending and an ongoing dispute with their landlord. Their last day is Wednesday April 22nd.

I am sorry to learn that Aaron London has closed his fast-casual spot, ~AL’S DELI~—I thought that Montreal-style, smoked meat salad was pure genius. Eater reports it just never seemed to catch on over its eight months of business, and recent coronavirus-related catering cancellations didn’t help the situation. And so, the curse of the 18th and Guerrero corner continues. 598 Guerrero St. at 18th St.

A tipster alerted Eater that Dennis Leary is closing his bakery and sandwich shop in the FiDi, ~THE GOLDEN WEST~, at the end of the month. (8 Trinity Pl.) But on the bright side (sunny side?): coming soon will be his new, delivery-only project: ~A HUEVO~ (LOL), focused on a breakfast egg sandwich, and a steak and egg sandwich for lunch, plus crispy rice and green eggs and ham. Stand by. [Via Chronicle]

A tablehopper Twitter tipster let me know that the Marina location of ~THE PLANT CAFÉ ORGANIC~ has closed (here’s a pic on their door); their other locations in the FiDi, Dogpatch, and SFO remain open. 3352 Steiner St. at Chestnut.

Inner Sunset’s ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~ brewpub just closed, reportedly due to new lease issues with their landlord. The craft brewery and restaurant will be missed by the neighborhood and beer lovers from all over. 1326 9th Ave. at Irving. [Via Hoodline.]

This one is almost hard to believe: Lower Haight’s ~MAD DOG IN THE FOG~ is closing after more than 30 years! It has been an anchor of the Lower Haight for soccer lovers and beer lovers alike, with an international fan club. According to a post on Facebook, owner Cyril Hackett says, “We will return louder and more wicked at a new location. Thank you for your support, it has been our privilege serving you.” Their famed Tuesday and Thursday Quiz Nights with Peter Malone will move to their sister bar, The Kezar Pub (770 Stanyan St.). 530 Haight St. at Fillmore. [Via Hoodline.]