The pretty cream puffs at Choux. Photo from Facebook.
The hot pot spread at Little Sheep. Yelp photo by Krystal L.
Back in December, we reported on a new French cream puff bakery opening in Lower Haight called ~CHOUX~. They are officially opening their doors Wednesday August 27th, serving cream puffs with unique fillings like pistachio, passion fruit, and raspberry, alongside more classic choices like vanilla and chocolate. Owner and pastry chef Laura Athuil is from Nice, France, and trained in Paris. Here in San Francisco, she’ll be making the cream puffs fresh daily, and offering coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Hours will be Sun-Fri 10:30am-7pm. 248 Fillmore St. at Haight, 415-528-9673.
Chowhounders caught the opening of ~DIM SUM CLUB~ on Van Ness in Russian Hill, and Urban Daddy snagged some details. The new place is in the Da Vinci Villa hotel, but despite the odd location, it’s serving some delicious dumplings and other dishes, according to initial reports on Chowhound and Yelp. It’s from the same team behind Guangdong Barbecue Tea House, so there are also roasted meats on the menu—you can even order a whole roast pig in advance for a large group. 2550 Van Ness Ave. at Filbert, 415-529-2615.
International Mongolian hot pot chain ~LITTLE SHEEP~, which is well known in San Mateo (and has locations throughout the Bay Area), has opened in San Francisco. The new location is on the second floor of a building in Union Square and offers an extensive selection of meats and vegetables to cook in your hot pot. They take reservations for large groups too. Hours are daily 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm. 405 Mason St. at Geary, second floor, 415-673-9919.
~THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY~ is now open in North Beach. It’s a classic Italian deli, with grocery items to take home or flatbreads, sandwiches, and other items to eat there. They are making pasta in-house along with sauces, and importing a variety of goods from Italy, including deli meats, specialty oils, and cheese. Early Yelp reports warn that they do sometimes run out of pasta, so stop in early. Hours are Tue-Sun 9am-8pm. 716 Columbus Ave. at Greenwich, 415-712-8874.
A new frozen custard spot has moved into the former Yotopia space in the Mission, called ~THE VELVET SCOOP~. They’re serving frozen custard scoops, along with concretes (like a milkshake, with mix-ins) and specialty toppings. There will also be a special concrete each day—follow along on Facebook and plan accordingly. 3280 22nd St. at Valencia, 415-757-0735.
For even more dim sum, Glen Park Association reports that ~WIN GARDEN~ is now open. They’re serving dim sum, standard Chinese dishes, and a large selection of vegetarian options; check out the menu here. Open daily 11am-10pm, plus there’s delivery. 2784 Diamond St. at Chenery, 415-333-1331.