Tidbits: Split Bread, More Smitten, Bom Dia Kitchen, The Soap Box Cafe, More


The dining room at Split Bread. Photo courtesy of Good Food Guys Group.


The patio at 4505. Photo by Michael David Rose Photography via UrbanDaddy.


A sample farm box from SMIP Ranch. Photo courtesy of Bacchus Management Group.

The team behind Mixt Greens has opened their second location of sandwich stop ~SPLIT BREAD~. With this location, chef and partner Andrew Swallow is introducing a breakfast menu, in addition to the lunch menu of salads and sandwiches. There are breakfast sandwiches, of course, including the Jersey breakfast sandwich with fried egg, Jersey ham, American cheese, and ketchup. There is also a yogurt parfait, avocado toast, and pastries. Coffee is from Four Barrel, and hours are Mon-Fri 6am-8pm. 560 Mission St. at 2nd St., 415-296-8009.

Just in time for summer, ~SMITTEN ICE CREAM~ is opening their second San Francisco location in Pacific Heights on Wednesday June 17th. SFoodie got a tour of the space and lots of details on the opening, including some new design features. This new space has six of their special Brrr Machines for freezing ice cream with liquid nitrogen and will also feature an outdoor garden with string lights, benches made of Radio Flyer wagons, and a living wall. When they open, the seasonal flavor will be strawberry white balsamic, with nectarine and cream coming up soon. 2404 California St. at Fillmore, 415-872-9414.

Since opening their Outer Richmond location, Marla Bakery closed their Mission outpost, the Marla Kitchen Communal. While this was definitely a bummer for the neighborhood, there’s a new project moving in from the team behind Bom Dia Market in Noe Valley. This one will be called ~BOM DIA KITCHEN~, and they will be using the space in a similar way to Marla. You’ll order at the front window, for takeout only. They’ll be serving breakfast and lunch, with a small menu of housemade items. For breakfast, there will be sandwiches with house-cured bacon, house-baked bagels available with cream cheese and house-cured salmon, and a variety of pastries. You’ll also find coffee from Four Barrel. At lunch, looks for a small selection of seasonal sandwiches and salads that will change every week or so, plus a grain bowl with seasonal toppings. After opening, they may also add a grocery pickup service in conjunction with the market. They currently plan to open by the end of summer. 613 York St. at 18th St.

A fab tipster sent in the news that a new café is coming to Nob Hill, called ~THE SOAP BOX CAFE~. It’s opening in the former Jonas sandwich shop, and the owner, Loan Ly, is opening a banh mi shop in the space. 1800 Hyde St. at Vallejo.

Sweet Aroma, the Vietnamese restaurant in the Marina, has closed, but a new Vietnamese joint has moved in. The new one is called ~LY’S VIETNAMESE CUISINE~, and they are offering standard menu items like bun, pho, and rice plates, along with crab platters. Initial Yelp reports are generally positive, citing good pho broth, fresh spring rolls, and unusual desserts like coffee flan and pandan waffles. Hours are daily 11am-9pm. 1779 Lombard St. at Laguna, 415-563-1927.

The next time you come by ~4505 BURGERS & BBQ~ for some killer ribs, you’ll be enjoying a much more comfortable seating arrangement. The shipping container is now finished and open, offering sheltered seats from our typically windy afternoons, with overhead skylights and lots of plants to keep things feeling organic. There are also heat lamps that have been installed under the overhang that juts off the container, with plenty of communal seating. You’ll notice there’s a beer station in the container, so you don’t have to go back in the main line to get more suds, how handy. And last Monday while I was there for a party, they were smoking a whole pig in the new outdoor smoker, which is going to be a regular thing this summer. Sooooweeeee! 705 Divisadero St. at Grove, 415-231-6993.

The summer bounty is here, and one great way to bask in it is with a CSA farm box from SMIP Ranch. The farm, which is in Woodside, provides beautiful produce for Bacchus Management Group restaurants. Every Friday, an email is sent to CSA customers that includes a list of ingredients for the upcoming Friday box, as well as ordering instructions and sometimes, specialty add-ons. Boxes can be picked up on Fridays from 1pm-6pm at Spruce in San Francisco, The Village Pub in Woodside, and Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto. Email for more details on how to join up and get cookin’!