Casual Openings: Flybird, Apizza in the Former Boulange, More

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The Seoul Food fried chicken sandwich at Flybird. Photo courtesy of Flybird.

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One of the wildly affordable pizzas from Apizza. Photo courtesy of Apizza.

Are you a fan of Sababa’s Mediterranean sandwiches? Yeah, me too. A lot. Which is why I’m excited to try chef Guy Eshel’s latest venture with the Sababa team, ~FLYBIRD~. It’s another quick-service spot downtown, serving a variety of internationally inspired fried chicken sandwiches and salads. Peep the menu (ha-ha) and you’ll see a Nashville hot chicken-meets-Buffalo version, with other sandwiches influenced by Tel Aviv, Seoul, Provence, and Mexico City (all $12). Salads ($11 or $13) also do some globetrotting. Work downtown? You can also place your order ahead of time for pick-up. Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. 35 Kearny St. at Maiden Ln.

A Fillmore friend let me know that the ~APIZZA~ project was opening this week in the former Boulange space—I know, some were hoping it was going to be a New Haven-style shop, but Eater reveals La Boulangerie partners Pascal Rigo and Nicolas Bernadi have created a fast-casual pizza concept that they plan to roll out elsewhere (Belmont is next). They’ve been working for the last three years on how to offer a quick, inexpensive pizza—try $2.75 for a nine-inch margherita with organic dough and tomato sauce!

Other toppings include roasted seasonal vegetables ($5.79), muffulatta ($6.49), and a cheeseburger pizza, La Royale with Cheese (ground beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onion, cornichons, Thousand Island dressing, and sesame seeds, $5.99, with an option to sub Impossible meat). They appear to have a very thin crust. The pizzas don’t come in a box—they fold them in on themselves (cut in half) and put them in a compostable container, so don’t scream (maybe eat the La Royale while you’re there). Instead of wasting money on a pizza box, you get quality ingredients, from Mary’s chicken to two kinds of organic crusts. There’s also dessert from Loving Cup. It opens today, Tuesday September 24th, open daily 11:30am-7pm. 2043 Fillmore St. at California.

tablehopper reader Karen Z. let me know ~LOS YAQUIS~ just opened a second location in Bernal (the original is on South Van Ness). Come by for Mexican breakfast, all kinds of seafood dishes (ceviche, camarones a la diabla), and homestyle specialties, like enchiladas and caldos. They’re offering 20 percent off during their soft opening (through September 25th). 8am-10pm. 3214 Folsom St. at Stoneman.