Carnitas tacos from La Urbana. Photo from la Urbana newsletter.
The door to the upcoming Belcampo on Polk St. (Photo courtesy of a reader.)
Here is a most excellent weekday brunch to hit up the next time you’re playing hooky. ~NAMU GAJI~ is now offering brunch Wed-Sun, with a menu full of comfort classics like loco moco, kimchi fried rice, and challah French toast; here is the menu. You’ll also find mimosas, Bloody Marys, and micheladas. Brunch hours are Wed-Fri 11:30am-4pm and Sat-Sun 10:30am-4pm.
~LA URBANA~ is now offering a wallet-friendly Taco Tuesday special. Every Tuesday in the Mercado, you can get two street-style tacos and a beer for $7; with a shot of house mezcal, it’s $10. Yeah, that’s hard to beat.
A tablehopper tipster alerted us that ~BELCAMPO MEAT CO.~ is opening a location on Polk Street, and it seems to be coming right along, with a sign on the door and everything. They’re also hiring, according to their website, for the San Francisco location, as well as in Southern California and Palo Alto. The PR team isn’t releasing any details of the new spot, but it looks like it’s chugging along. 1998 Polk St. at Pacific.
According to the intrepid folks on Chowhound, ~MING KEE~ is now open in Sunnyside. The Hong Kong-style barbecue restaurant is famous for its roasted meats, including goose, duck, and pork. This is their original location, which closed for renovations, and was temporarily in the Sunset. The early word from Chow is that the serving sizes are large, the prices reasonable, and the service bare-bones. Hours are daily 11am-8pm. 1548 Ocean Ave. at Capitol, 415-337-8198.
And in the new name department, Jacky and Michael Recchiuti are changing the name of their Dogpatch café from Chocolate Lab to ~THELAB~. The name change reflects the restaurant’s shift toward a more savory menu, or at least a menu that equally reflects savory and sweet options. With the addition of Santé Salvoni in the kitchen, you’ll find a fuller menu of dinner options, in addition to the superlative dessert selection.
The Noe Valley Blog caught a change at the former ~CAFÉ PONTE~. It has been sold to a new owner who will be calling it ~DIAMOND CAFÉ~ and serving crêpes, omelets, and other café standbys at breakfast and lunch. 751 Diamond St. at 24th St.