Tidbits: Champa Garden in SF, New Café in the Castro, Le Dix-Sept at Dandelion, Una Pizza Back from Vacation, More


The Champa sampler. Yelp photo by Norey Lee N.


Cannelés chocolat from Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie. Photo by Kristine Hernandez.


The Off the Grid pod at McCoppin. Photo from Facebook.

As previously mentioned on tablehopper, Oakland’s Laotian crowd-pleasing ~CHAMPA GARDEN~ is opening a San Francisco location near City College. The location is now open daily from 11am-3pm for lunch and 5pm-9pm for dinner (hat tip to Chowhound for catching the news), and the menu is the same as at the Oakland location. 613 Faxon Ave. at Ocean, 415-349-4186.

The Bay Area Reporter has news that the Castro is getting a new café, ~EUREKA!~ The new spot comes from business partners Bill Singleton and Patrick Batt (who also owns vintage porn shop Auto Erotica). The spot formerly housed Gelateria Naia and a Ben & Jerry’s, and the pair plans to serve Blue Bottle coffee, pastries from Crepes & Brioche, and ice cream from a still-unnamed local producer. 451 Castro St. at Market.

The folks behind ~UNA PIZZA NAPOLETANA~ are returning from their summer vacation on Wednesday September 11th, so go ahead and get your Napoletana crust fix.

Get your waistline ready for yet another fabulous guest chef pop-up at ~DANDELION CHOCOLATE~, this time from Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie. This is their second time at Dandelion, in case you didn’t catch their fab tarts, chocolate canelés, and other treats the first time around. They’ll be there Wed September 11th-Sat September 14th from 10am-9pm. 740 Valencia St. at 18th St., 415-349-0942.

If you miss them at Dandelion, you’ll have another chance on Sunday September 15th at Four Barrel Alley, where they’ll be slinging tarts both sweet and savory, and quiche Lorraine from 9am-3pm. Caledonia at 15th St.

The ~OFF THE GRID~ pod on McCoppin Street in the Mission has been happening on Saturdays at lunch for more than two years, but no more. The pod will now be be trucking on Tuesday evenings from 5pm-9pm, starting September 10th (yup, that’s tonight), so plan accordingly. McCoppin St. at Valencia.