A few new spots for your radar: first, fans of the handmade noodles at Shan Dong Restaurant on Geary now have a second spot to check out: ~SHANDONG DELUXE~ is now open in Parkside, in the former Ramen Doraku space. Noodles, dumplings, what’s not to love? (Hat tip to Chowhound.) 1042 Taraval St. at 21st Ave., 415-592-8801.
Down in SoMa, what was going to be called Baan 2 is now called ~ROOT~. Look for more contemporary Thai cuisine, but still rooted (har) in a traditional cooking style. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner now, with brunch to come; there will also be a whiskey program, possibly launching by Thanksgiving. (Note: upstairs will be the aforementioned Alchemist, hopefully opening soon.) 685 3rd St. at Townsend, 415-904-9896.
The same restaurant group has also launched ~OODLES~ in the Excelsior, serving ramen and Pan-Pacific cuisine, plus there’s a soju lounge. Open for dinner and late night now, with plans to open for lunch in a few more weeks. 4995 Mission St. at Italy, 415-334-7241.
Meanwhile, the Castro has some new Asian vittles: first, ~K-POP~ is now open, serving Korean classics like kalbi, bibimbap, and more, according to Grub Street. 499 Castro St. at 18th St., 415-252-9500.