Tidbits: Brown Sugar Kitchen to Ferry Building, Native Co. Expanding, Chisme Cantina, Lunch at A Mano

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BSK’s impeccable waffles. Yelp photo by Pei K.

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Native Co.’s Caitlin and Nicole shopping at the Crocker Galleria Thursday farmers’ market. Photo courtesy of Native Co.

Some news tidbits for you, starting with the news that Tanya Holland of West Oakland’s ~BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN~ is going to be opening a location in San Francisco: in the Ferry Building! She will be taking over the former Il Cane Rosso location and opening ~BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN COUNTER~. Stand by for details on timing and more. [Via Scoop.]

The popular ~NATIVE CO.~, known for their well-made, healthy, market-fresh meals in the Financial District at 168 Sutter Street (and both the Oakland Grand Lake Farmer’s Market and San Rafael Civic Center Farmer’s Market, where they got their start) are expanding to SoMa with a second brick-and-mortar location. Owners Caitlin Meade and Nicole Fish are planning to open on Monday October 9th in the former Tava space.

They will be serving their menu of mostly plant-based dishes, which includes breakfast, lunch, and beverages, like made-to-order smoothies, juices, salads, toasts, and soups. They are dedicated to healthy fats, truly sustainable and organic ingredients, and everything is made in-house daily. They are also very eco-conscious in their practices. And committed to delicious! There will be both indoor and outdoor seating options. Hours will be Mon-Fri 7am-4:30pm. 163 2nd St. at Natoma.

There’s a new fast-casual spot in the TenderNob called ~CHISME CANTINA~chisme means “gossip” in Spanish. Ray Shlimon, a Chicago native, is behind this Mexican-inspired cantina, serving creative tacos that put vegan options first, like one with fried plantain, black beans, seasonal greens, mango salsa, and coconut ranch, or another with jackfruit, seasonal greens, nori, mint verde, and sweet cabbage. Meaty options include a taco with skirt steak, caramelized onion, peanut mole, guacamole, and queso. You can peep the menu here. There’s also an extensive list of sides, plus beers and nonalcoholic drinks. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am, Sun 11:30am-11pm. 882 Sutter St. at 415-370-7070.

Looking for a new lunch spot? You can do it the Italian way and have pasta for pranzo at the new ~A MANO~ in Hayes Valley, which is launching lunch this Thursday September 28th! The menu will feature some antipasti, their tasty salads, and handmade pasta like their summery paccheri with cherry tomato, Early Girl pomodoro, eggplant, capers ($12) and bucatini all’ amatriciana ($15). They have also added a couple of panini: prosciutto cotto, provolone, arugula, grain mustard ($12) and heirloom tomato, fior di latte, basil ($10), plus a selection of pizzas ($12-$16). Get that one with summer squash, zucchini blossoms, stracciatella, Vidalia onion, lemon ($16) while you can. And low-ABV cocktails have also been added. Now you just need to score one of those outdoor tables. Lunch is served Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-5pm. 450 Hayes St. at Octavia, 415-506-7401.