Reformatted Reopenings: Trick Dog Is Now Quik Dog, Plus Heirloom Pizza, and a Second Saru Sushi Bar

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The new Quik Dog mascot by Ferris Plock.

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The Alpine pizza from Heirloom Pizza. Photo courtesy of Heirloom Pizza.

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Nigiri at Saru Sushi in Noe Valley. Yelp photo by Grace C.

Closed since the beginning of the pandemic, the ever-busy ~TRICK DOG~ bar is coming back this Thursday September 17th as a new, interim concept: ~QUIK DOG~, operating out of Trick Dog’s space. The Bon Vivants Hospitality team is trying out this quick-food, takeout concept, focusing on burgers, hot dogs, salads, and fries (thrice-cooked Kennebec potatoes, to be exact), with the return of a couple of their classics: the kale salad, and their Trick Dog burger in a hot dog bun is now the Quik Dog Burger (house-ground blend of chuck and brisket with lettuce, onion, pickles, cheddar, and Doggie sauce on a hot dog bun—also available as a meatless “Beyond” version).

They brought on chef Timmy Malloy (The Douglas Room), who is adding new items like the QD Mission Dog, inspired by bacon-wrapped Mission hot dogs (butterflied all-beef hot dog, applewood bacon, fire-roasted jalepeño, sautéed onions, mustard, and Doggie sauce) and QuikNuggets (boneless buttermilk-brined crispy chicken nuggets, served à la carte or with lettuce, onion, pickles, and Doggie sauce as a sandwich). In SFGate’s article, you can read about all the R&D they have been doing to make sure the food travels well.

As for their famed cocktail list, things are pared down, although the new to-go bottles serve six—they’re designed to be an easy pour and to last in your fridge. You can order a Negroni Bianco with gin, bitter bianco, and blanc vermouth; and the Cruel Summer, with reposado tequila, amaro, and sweet vermouth. There are two-ingredient highballs as well, like mezcal + grapefruit soda; rye + BubbleUp; or aged rum + pineapple soda. You can also order these highball combos as full-sized setups with complete bottles, six-packs of mixers, and fruit. (Some top spirits will be available for sale as well.) Beer and wine will be offered by the can and bottle, and a selection of sodas, like Moxie and Cel-Ray.

You can also pick up their new branded merch, featuring Ferris Plock’s snappy Quik Dog. Keep track of updates at @quik_dog. Open Wed-Sun 4pm-9pm for takeout. 3010 20th St. at Florida.

Also in the Mission, owner Matt Straus of ~HEIRLOOM CAFÉ~ has expanded their weekly Saturday Wine offering with some food—pizza, in fact. They’ve been busy workshopping the ingredients and pairings and just launched Heirloom Pizza, selling a variety of 10-inch pizzas to go, like a summer pizza with corn, zucchini, fresh ricotta, and pesto; the Alpine with chanterelles, bacon, sherried onion, Alpine cheeses (uh huh); and the Gettin’ Figgy, with fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, and mission figs. There are also a couple salads, and, of course, a selection of wines to bring home, with a few splurge bottles. Hours for now are Tue-Fri 4pm-8pm and Sat 2pm-5pm. Order ahead for pick-up or delivery. 2500 Folsom St. at 21st St.

Over in Russian Hill, Hoodline reports the chic Kinjo sushi bar has closed, and the owners have opened a second location of ~SARU SUSHI BAR~ in its place, the popular Noe Valley sushi spot. You can order takeout and delivery (limited area) from their menu here. 2206 Polk St. at Vallejo.