August 30, 2022

August 30, 2022
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The slices are coming! Outta Sight Pizza’s slice shop is about to open. Instagram photo via @thatsouttasight.

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A sneak peek of Outta Sight Pizza’s slice shop. Photo via Google/Outta Sight Pizza.

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A selection of the new seafood dishes (and more) at Fort Point’s Valencia Beer Hall and Ferry Building Beer Garden. Photo: Sasha Netchaev.

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New dishes and cocktails and a great view await at the new Señor Sisig location at the Ferry Building. Photo: Patrick Beaudouin.

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La Société’s onion soup gratinée with aged Comté and roasted bone marrow with oxtail ragout. Photo: Galdones Photography.

Fellow pizza fanatics, start your engines: owner Eric Ehler (Fort Point, Mister Jiu’s, Lazy Susan) and his biz partner Peter Dorrance and team are soft-opening the ~OUTTA SIGHT PIZZA~ slice shop on Larkin Street in Civic Center/Tenderloin any day now! Follow their Instagram account for the latest updates (I’ll repost anything I see)—sounds like they’ll be soft-opening on some random days until they open for good in mid-September (“Roll by on a weekday, who knows?! We might be selling slices.”)

The shop looks great—all white and shiny and they have some cool local artwork up (“When we first got the space we knew it would be a perfect spot to show off our homies art. Think of it as pizzeria x skateshop x gallery.”) and you know the music will be fly, just like the slices. (I love this pizza so much—it’s thin and New York-style, with such great flavor, and that chef’s kiss SF quality flair.) There are a few diner-style white tables with bentwood chairs and a ledge where you can perch with your slice.

In another post, they say, “The slice pies at the new shop will be a tad simpler then [sic] our current pies at the Fig, but simplicity is in the details. We are particularly stoked on our mushroom pie. It’s garlicky, salty, tangy, cheesey, and of course will have the best shrooms in the biz from Black Diamond Mushroom Co.” I managed to sneak a peek at their slice menu (they’ve been running preview Stories), and it looks like there will be cheese, pep, mushroom, a bianca, and their Madonna (mozzarella, marinara, basil, evoo), The Bear, Lunch Lady, Lisa, and Roy, nine in all. You can order a whole pie too, and a garden salad

And if you like to sit down to a whole pie with a bottle of wine at Fig & Thistle (at 429 Gough St.), fear not, they’re going to keep the pop-up going Tue-Sat as well. As they put it in a post, “Think about it like this — fancy pies in the evening at the Fig, and then big ol slices on Larkin! Pizza all day and pizza your way!” I like it. 422 Larkin St. at Golden Gate.

Fort Point Beer Company just launched their new food concept—a spin on SF-style seafood—at both their Valencia Beer Hall and Ferry Building Beer Garden. Cecile Macasero, former chef de cuisine at Kin Khao and Sea Creatures, developed a menu with dishes like a Dungeness crab roll, Louie salad, Big Cup-a-Cioppino (fully shucked seafood in tomato broth served in an enamel mug), and Rice-a-Roni arancini—all their seafood is wild-caught, sustainable, and local, through partnering with TwoxSea, Aloha Seafood, and Water2Table. Locals know it’s not Dungeness season, but they tracked down some year-round fresh Dungies through Fathom Seafood’s small boats that trap seasonally from California up to Alaska. Can’t wait to try their cioppino-inspired Michelada, featuring my fave summer sipper: their Yuzu KSA Radler. Also: Fort Point’s Ferry Building Beer Garden has doubled its seating area, expanding into the sunny sidewalk.

Evan Kidera and Gil Payumo just opened a location of ~SEÑOR SISIG~ in the Ferry Building Marketplace (in what was previously Brown Sugar Kitchen’s spot)—this is their third brick-and-mortar location. New additions on their tasty Filipino-Mexican menu include a vegan chicken sisig option, a sisig torta, bite-sized churros with purple ube-macapuno sauce, and cocktails highlighting Filipino and Mexican flavors. You can sit on the outdoor patio out back, too. Open Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-6pm. 

(Get ready for ~REEM’S CALIFORNIA~ moving into the Ferry Building Marketplace next—they’ll be opening in the former Cowgirl Creamery location.)

Opening next Tuesday September 6th is ~LA SOCIÉTÉ~ in the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA. It’s the first project from TableOne Hospitality (a spinoff of MINA Group and a partnership between restaurateur Patric Yumul, chef Michael Mina, and Highgate). The chef, Alexandre Viriot, is turning out some pretty gorgeous-looking modern brasserie dishes (he has worked with some French greats, including Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy, and Alain Ducasse). The bar opened already, where they’re serving dinner and cocktails (developed by Phil Collins and Carlo Splendorini) until the dining room opens on the 6th—peep the dinner menu here. I’m ready for the hearth-baked tarte flambée with bacon lardons, sweet onions, fromage blanc, and caraway; and onion soup gratinée with aged Comté and roasted bone marrow with oxtail ragout on the side. Oui! 50 3rd St.

Over in Union Square, ~BIG ALMA~ (named in honor of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, known as the “Great Grandmother of San Francisco”) just opened in the historic Villa Florence Hotel as a pop-up. The kitchen team has reportedly spent time at Daniel in New York, as well as SingleThread, The French Laundry, and Lazy Bear—you can look at their Cali cuisine menu on the site. They’re launching a new happy hour on September 1st (4pm-6pm daily), with some unheard-of prices in 2022: $7 Manhattans, margaritas, and martinis, $7 draft beers, and $7 house wine. Cheers! Open 4pm-10pm daily. 225 Powell St.

Take a look at Marco Senghor’s colorful and spacious ~BIG BAOBAB~ in the former Lupulandia in the Mission, now open for morning coffee, West African dishes for dinner, and weekend brunch. And: music! (Of course.) He has been through a LOT these past years, time to show up and say hi to a neighborhood OG. [Via Eater] 2243 Mission St. at 18th St.

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Khao soi. Photo courtesy of Pim Techamuanvivit.

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Manresa interior photo by Michael David Rose.

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The airy dining room at AL’s Place. Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux.

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The three-alarm fire on August 23rd at McAllister and Divisadero. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

I have posted some of these breaking news bits in my Instagram Stories the past couple weeks (do you follow @tablehopper?), here are some big headlines:

Great News
Was happy to see a post on Instagram from Pim Techamuanvivit that ~KIN KHAO~ is reopening in September in its original downtown location (in the Parc 55 Hotel). Fly back to us, pretty hot wings; hug us tightly, kua kling ribs!

Thanks to the support of supervisor Dean Preston, SF Heritage, and the Legacy Business Program, our precious ~CLUB DELUXE~ was able to negotiate a “fair and reasonable lease” after things were at an impasse with their landlord. Big exhale. (You can read all the details of how it went down in this SFGATE article.) The Deluxe is going to take a little break through September 30th to get their paint touched up and “dancing shoes resoled.” We’ll be ready for ya!

Good for Them News
The international culinary world was rocked with the news that chef David Kinch is departing his inspiring three-Michelin-starred restaurant, ~MANRESA~, on December 31st. In his post on Instagram, he says: “Starting January 1, I’m looking forward to helping usher in the next exciting new chapter of fine dining at Manresa, to dedicating my time and efforts to The Bywater, Mentone, and Manresa Bread and having the time and freedom to explore some exciting new pursuits, and revisit long-neglected passions.” 20 years, multiple fires, a pandemic…and three Michelin stars. What a run. Enjoy having more time to surf, chef.

Reservations are now available through the end of November on Tock, with December being added soon. The team would love to see you, they’ll be offering some special menus. As for the future of the business and property: “Interested parties may contact John Machado at Colliers International regarding the sale of the real estate and/or the business at 320 Village Lane in Los Gatos.”

Also on Instagram, chef-owner Aaron London of ~AL’S PLACE~ suddenly announced he’s closing the restaurant, after almost eight years of serving some of the City’s most creative and playful (yet serious) cuisine. The last day of service was August 28th. Thanks to the always-wonderful team there for so many memorable meals.

~CASSAVA~ has announced their North Beach restaurant opening is on track and they’re targeting early October, so they’ll be wrapping up operations in Cassava Balboa the third week of September—make your reservation to say goodbye, since Yuka and Chris have made the difficult decision to sell the Balboa location instead of keeping it.

Fire Damaged
Horrific is hardly strong enough to describe the destructive fire that tore through a large building on the corner of McAllister and Divisadero last week (on August 23rd). It was just a block away from me, and heart-wrenching (and terrifying) to watch. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, but 13 tenants have been displaced, and it looks like they may not be able to return to the building for a few years (you can read an update about one couple’s harrowing experience and ways to help in their GoFundMe).

Neighborhood hangouts ~OASIS CAFE~ and ~KAVA LOUNGE~ both sustained extensive water and smoke damage—you can contribute to Oasis Cafe’s GoFundMe here to help them weather this challenging period; Kava Lounge mentions to watch their site for updates. I have also heard there will be a fundraiser for everyone affected by the fire in mid-September with the folks at Mini Bar, stand by for details.

I also saw a post from ~BAIA~ in Hayes Valley that they are temporarily closed due to a fire caused by an arsonist (or arsonists) starting other fires in the neighborhood. Ugh. They will reportedly be closed for the next 30-60 days; read more in this SFGATE piece.

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Wanted to get a couple events on your radar. On September 9th-10th, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and MoAD’s chef-in-residence Bryant Terry are presenting the Black Food Summit. This will be a unique and expansive gathering of leading Black chefs, writers, scholars, activists, artists, and other creatives for a two-day, public summit that brings to life the themes and ideas of Terry’s critically acclaimed and genre-redefining 2021 book, Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora.

The Summit, taking place Sept. 9th at MoAD and Sept. 10th at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, CA from 9am-7pm each day, offers a wide-ranging program of panels on writing, publishing, and design; beverages, bites, and sounds with DJs; sessions on contemplative writing, gardening, breathwork, whole hog cooking, and more; and a concluding community supper made by some of the Bay Area’s most talented Black chefs. Check the lineup and get your tickets here.

Also on September 10th, is Korean Center, Inc.’s 4th Annual Bay Area Chuseok (Korean Harvest) Festival, which will be held in-person this year at the Presidio after a two-year absence. The festival will include traditional Korean performances, family-friendly activities, food, music, a silent auction, raffles, and more. A variety of Korean and other food vendors from around the Bay Area will participate in the festival, including Kiss My Seoul, Mama Cho’s BBQ, Kingbob, Noodle Belly, Bobcha, Korner Kitchen, Korner Store, Fermentation Lab, Seoul Bird & Soju, Rice & Cake, Hometown Creamery, Sugarmama Sugarcane, Voltaire Coffee Roaster, Kona Ice, Kinja Sushi, HapaZa, Sams American Eatery, KPop Chicken, and Crazy Block Cheesecakes. The Festival is expecting up to 6,000 attendees this year—those interested in attending can RSVP here (it’s free). 11am-5pm, at the Presidio Main Parade Lawn.