March 9, 2021

March 9, 2021

The exterior of the Cliff House. Photo: ©

It really is the end of an era: there’s an online auction this week of the entire contents of our 157-year-old landmark, the ~CLIFF HOUSE~. The three-day auction is March 11th-13th, and is selling everything from the kitchen contents to vintage Sutro Baths swimsuits to lithographs and signed movie star photos. It’s such a shame to have that collection of ephemera and memorabilia scattered and bought by the highest private bidders.

The SFWeekly reports there is an effort, “spearheaded by a community history nonprofit, the Western Neighborhoods Project, and two local fine art galleries, the effort, dubbed Save the Cliff House Collection, aims to raise enough money to buy some of the collection’s most culturally valuable objects at the auction and preserve them for the public for years to come.”

You can make a tax-deductible donation that will help save some key items from the auction from disappearing into private collections, and will help “stabilize the artifacts, determine their best long-term display in the neighborhoods, and develop educational programming that keeps the memory of The Cliff House, Sutro Baths, and Playland at the Beach close.” Please take a look and spread the word.


Baked char siu bao at Dimdoduc. Yelp photo by Andrea G.


A first bite of the new chicken Katsu Kitchen dip. Photo: ©


Gimbap from Kitchen Woori. Photo: Kitchen Woori.

There’s a new dim sum takeout spot in the Outer Richmond, ~DIMDODUC~, offering classic dim sum like har gow, pork siu mai, chive dumplings, cheung fun (steamed rice rolls), century egg congee, and sesame balls. Their BBQ pork buns look especially crackly and GBD (golden-brown and delicious). 3398 Balboa St. at 34th Ave.

Jay Roberts of Flybird (which is known for delicious, international versions of fried chicken sandwiches and salads—I love the Jalisco chopped salad) has launched a new concept, Katsu Kitchen, which still features chicken breaded with their house spice blend and panko and then fried, but is now served over rice with housemade Japanese curry, fukujinzuke (a tangy relish), and sesame slaw, all made in-house from scratch. The curry has such deep and complex flavor, it really pops, and that’s because he’s using some higher quality ingredients from Greg Dunmore at The Japanese Pantry, as well as making their own curry blend from organic spices.

You’ll find chicken katsu (or vegetarian) curry bowls and sandwiches; the sandwich is actually more of a dip—it comes on such a squishy French roll, and you dip it into the curry! Plus: there are furikake fries. Available for delivery or pickup at 1 Maiden Lane, Mon-Fri 11am-2pm.

You’ll find a new and affordable Korean spot for lunch in the Fillmore, ~KITCHEN WOORI~, now open in the former Hollywood Cafe. There’s gimbap (maki-style rice roll filled with a variety of seasonal vegetables and your choice of proteins), all kinds of bibimbap, soup of the day, and some lunch boxes (dosirak) with beef bulgogi, spicy pork, or a tonkatsu-style cutlet. Open daily 10am-3pm. 1545 Fillmore St. at Geary.

The former Saigon BBQ in Brisbane has closed, and the Tang family has reopened it in the Outer Sunset as ~SAIGON BBQ NOODLE HOUSE~. You’ll see pho and bun bo hue and banh mi and garlic noodles, and a whole lot more on their extensive menu, but they are prized for their com tam (broken rice) plates. Open daily 11am-9pm (8pm on Sunday). 1936 Irving St. at 21st Ave.


Taste-testing the new cocktail menu at Santería; loved trying La Botánica. Photo: ©


The Mission Community Market in action. Photo courtesy Mission Community Market.

I swung by the new Mexican spot in the Castro for weekend brunch, ~SANTERÍA~, which opened in the former Finn Town, and they just launched their full menu, which you can check out. You won’t want to miss consultant Samantha Kharma’s and new bar manager Briana Santiago’s new cocktail list, which offers some well-composed combinations, like the La Botánica (St. George Terroir gin, mezcal, Ancho Verde, cucumber, basil, aloe, lime). You can enjoy their chilaquiles and cocktails in their outdoor Shared Space, which has a fun, loungey vibe, and they’re also opening indoor dining. Happy hour is launching soon. Open Sun-Thu 11am-9pm and Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 2251 Market St. at Sanchez.

I was happy to read this profile of a new coffee roaster, shop, and retailer in the Bayview, ~TALLIO’S COFFEE & TEA~. Read all about this community-minded business in this Eater piece and show them some support. Open Mon-Sat 6am-3pm and Sun 7am-3pm. 4732 3rd St. at Oakdale.

Want a taste of the delicious food that will be coming from the seven women of color-owned businesses in La Cocina’s upcoming Municipal Marketplace? The answer is YES! They just launched a community food box celebrating Women’s History Month, and the boxes will come with a seven-course meal that feeds four with leftovers, and is available in vegetarian or omnivore options. $120. You can see the menus and order here. The deadline to order is March 19th, with pick-up at The Municipal Marketplace (101 Hyde St., SF) and delivery on March 26th!

This Thursday March 11th marks the return of the Mission Community Market at 22nd and Bartlett Streets, now in its eleventh year. CUESA welcomes two new vendors: Bolita (a new maker of fresh masa, tortillas, sopes, salsas, and guisados) and Alexandre Family Farm (a regenerative family farm offering pastured milk and dairy products). Other recent additions include Norte 54 (Mexican baked goods, pan dulce) and Fox & Lion Bread Co. (bread and pizza). Read more about opening day here. Customers using CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) benefits at Mission Community Market can double their dollars (up to $10 per market day) through the Market Match program, which offers free market coins redeemable for fruits and vegetables. 3pm-7pm.


Maven’s bar and living wall. Photo by Molly DeCoudreaux.

Well, heck. After 10 years of holding down the corner of Haight and Steiner in the Lower Haight, ~MAVEN~ is closing at the end of March (their last service will be Monday March 29th). In a heartfelt post on Facebook, owner Jay Bordeleau shares: “Maven was unable to find a reasonable path forward with our landlord. The phrase, ‘Such a total bummer,’ is beyond an understatement. […] COVID19 caused 10 people to lose their jobs a year ago. And now, the hardest part about this decision is five more people losing their gainful employment during a pandemic because of a needed business decision. I’m mad. I fought as hard as I could for their jobs and it still wasn’t enough.” Such a big ugh.

Maven was a great first date spot, and such a neighborhood hangout. They also had a cocktail called the Oxford Comma, which should speak to any writer’s heart. Come by for a last drink and their burger with Angostura bitters. Open Tue-Sun 4:30pm-9.30pm. 598 Haight St. at Steiner.

Over in the Mission, a big piece of 22nd Street’s gypsy-bohemian vibe has gone silent with the closure of ~THE REVOLUTION CAFE~, according to this piece in Broke-Ass Stuart. It was always like a lively European café street scene, with violins or congas or Balkan beats on the patio nightly at The Rev. The piece mentions owners Andre and Jennifer Larzul are remaining silent about the closure, but “a group of about 9-10 regulars have been discussing the possibility of taking it over, but there is nothing concrete.” One can only hope, there was no place like it. 3248 22nd St. at Bartlett.