Special Takeout Options: Help Support Reem's, The Anchovy Bar, Tosca, Media Noche

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The cheerful new space at Reem’s California Mission. Yelp photo by aL Z.

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Tuscan fried chicken at Tosca. Photo courtesy of Tosca.

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The new Frita Cubana at Media Noche. Photo: Media Noche.

I wanted to share some quick notes with you on some fab takeout options you can take advantage of, and this one is especially important: sadly, last Wednesday morning (December 9th), the central oven at ~REEM’S CALIFORNIA MISSION~ exploded, creating damage beyond repair. The five employees who were present were thankfully not in the crossfire of the explosion and were unharmed. Thank goddess.

It has already been challenging enough for Reem’s to open this new location the first month of the pandemic, and now this. It could be months before a new oven is shipped and installed. Sadly, a bakery without an oven simply can’t exist. For the duration of December, they will pause takeout and delivery services from their Mission location, but will continue to pay their workers through this time. A couple ways you can help them do this is to purchase their holiday meal kits and special holiday treats, or purchase gifts from their newly launched online merch store with gift cards, t-shirts (proceeds from all sales will go towards operations and workers), and Right of Return posters, which can be shipped nationwide. Help keep the dReem alive.

While the temporary suspension of outdoor dining is a disaster for our restaurants, you gotta look for the tiny silver linings, and one of them is you can now order takeout from the new ~THE ANCHOVY BAR~ from the State Bird team. They launched a new line of sandwiches, including an oyster po’boy and a schnitzel sandwich, which look fantastic. Plus, there’s a beef cheek and bone marrow stew, oof. Open Wed-Sat 11am-4pm. You have this week to check it out before they close for a holiday break (from Saturday December 20th-January 6th).

Another thing to note: after a quick blip of outdoor dining, ~TOSCA CAFE~ is once again offering their to-go menu with a different family meal each night ($55 per person), and it looks fantastic. Wednesday: lasagna, Thursday: tomato-braised ribs, Friday-Saturday: Tuscan fried chicken, and Sunday: spaghetti and meatballs.

Lastly, launching this Friday at ~MEDIA NOCHE~ in the Mission is their new Frita Cubana, their take on the traditional Cuban “burger.” The grass-fed beef patty is seasoned with a special blend of spices and their secret red sauce on a brioche bun and served with plantain shoestring “fries” for $14.50. Generously, they are offering 10 percent of proceeds to benefit the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. They will only be making a limited quantity daily and it is only available in-house for now (i.e. takeout and online ordering—not via third-party delivery). 3465 19th St. at Lexington.