2009 | SAN FRANCISCO What
is touted to be the City's greenest café, ~THE
PLANT CAFE ORGANIC~ will open this Thursday June 25th
in Pier 3 on the city's waterfront, just
north of the Ferry Building. It's a spacious
one: 4,600 square feet, and 112 seats. CCS
Architecture/Cass Calder Smith designed the space
(La Mar, Perbacco, Delica rf-1, Terzo, Restaurant
Lulu, and the Plant Cafe Organic's Steiner
Street location are other CCS-designed spaces). There will be plenty
of natural light, views of the Bay, natural wood furnishings, a private
patio on the waterfront, and a live-fire pizza oven. Flora
Grubb will also design and install a living green wall, made
with air plants in the dining room. The south
space will feature quick-service organic
coffee, pastries, lunches, dinners, and grab-and-go
items (like soba noodles, quinoa, etc.), while the north space will
provide a full-service lunch and dinner menu (items are $20 and under).
Both spaces will be lined with sidewalk seating on the Embarcadero.
For those who aren't familiar with the Marina location, The Plant
Cafe Organic (formerly known as lettüs) serves an almost purely organic
(95%) and primarily locally sourced menu—but to clarify, it's not just
vegetarian. There will be fresh juices and smoothies, soups, salads
(like one of avocado, ruby red grapefruit, arugula, and creamy black
pepper and macadamia nut dressing), and sandwiches (like BBQ chicken
or tempeh with chipotle BBQ sauce, roasted red onion, cheddar cheese,
and garlic aioli), plus organic appetizers (how about some oysters,
or spicy fava bean and cherry tomato bruschetta?), entrées (including
my favorite vegetarian burger), pizza (there's one of roasted chicken,
caramelized onion, Point Reyes blue cheese, fennel soubise), organic
beer and wines, cocktails (like the honeycomb colada with coconut milk,
organic pineapple juice, rum chilled with local honeycomb, garnished
with toasted coconut flakes), and house-made desserts.
more on how green the project is: the sustainably designed restaurant
space utilizes non-toxic, natural, and in many cases recycled building
materials plus solar panels on the roof; take-out packaging is either
recyclable or biodegradable; all paper materials use recycled paper;
and all biodegradable waste will be composted. The Plant also serves free, filtered water (both
flat and carbonated). Café hours are 7:30am–10pm, with the sit-down
menu served from 11am–10pm. Pier 3, at Jackson.
in: ~CANE ROSSO~, the project from Daniel Patterson and Lauren Kiino
at the Ferry Building Marketplace (in the former Mistral space) has
an opening date: Monday July 13th. They are just finishing construction
this week, and it's reportedly looking pretty darned good. The chef
is Doug Borkowski, who was most recently a sous chef at Google. Before
that, he worked together with Kiino for five
years at Delfina. I will share more details about the concept, hours,
etc. next week. 1 Ferry Plaza.
According to some liquor license permit changes, looks like the gents
from Tonic on Polk (Ben Bleiman, Duncan Ley) are taking over ~BAR
JOHNNY~. I didn't hear back from either party by post-time,
so I will have more details about the fate of Russian Hill's late-night
burger next week. 2209 Polk St. at Vallejo, 415-268-0140.
few more details about the place I mentioned
last week that is opening in the now-closed City Grille: ~BISTRO
24~ (site not live yet). (This is a project from
Stefano Coppola of Lupa.) The chef is
Pierre Mangé (how's that for a last name for a chef?), formerly
an opening sous at Contigo, a lead line cook at SPQR, and a sous
at Chow. The new contemporary American comfort menu (with some
international and Mediterranean influences) will include 10–15
small plates ranging from $5.50–$11, plus main dishes. Look for
a rotating menu of dishes like lamb sliders, grilled oysters,
and mac and cheese, all made with quality and sustainable products.
The wine list is getting revamped, with up to 50 international
wines, and 15–20 by the glass. The place is also getting repainted,
with new artwork, and candles on the
tables. The opening should be around July 1st or so. 4123 24th
St. at Castro, 415-285-2400.
Also in Noe Valley: a ~LA
BOULANGE~ will be opening in the Noe Valley Pizza
space, probably late this fall. No word
on when Noe Valley Pizza will close since
it's hard to tell when permits will go through. I spoke with
Bay Bread's Thomas Lefort, who mentioned they are going to be
putting some outdoor seating and benches on the sides of the
corner building. 3898 24th St. at Sanchez.
After that unfortunate (but fortunately contained) fire three-and-a-half
weeks ago, ~E
& O TRADING COMPANY~ is back open. 314 Sutter St. at Grant,
Lunchtime in SoMa just keeps getting better: yesterday ~TOWN
HALL~ kicked off their first lunchtime BBQ in
the courtyard flanking the restaurant, serving fried chicken
sandwiches for $9 (they do some of my favorite fried chicken
in SF), a smoked and grilled andouille po' boy for $8 (look for
other kinds of sausages in the future), and their St. Louis spareribs
with sides, plus cookies and Town Hall's famous butterscotch
pot de crème for dessert. In the future, Mitch Rosenthal said
to look for some quirky specials, like BBQ baloney or a Taylor
pork roll, a Jersey-style sandwich he remembers from his childhood.
(Follow menu updates on their Twitter
feed.) The Town Hall folks have been trying to work out
a take-out concept for a while, so it seems they have found it.
The first day was all hands on deck, since over 150 people showed
up. You can enter the courtyard either off Fremont or Howard—it's
just north of the restaurant. Hours are Mon–Fri 11:30am–2pm,
and there are high hopes to do a happy hour in the future (maybe…
and with grilled oysters, can you imagine?). 342 Howard St. at
Meanwhile, over at their sister restaurant, ~ANCHOR & HOPE~,
it looks like the already-popular beer selection is seriously ramping
up. They brought on Eric Cripe from The Jug Shop to consult on the
list, and are putting in 16 taps, plus they will have a beer engine
to hand pump beer from casks (how British), and eventually will have
60–80 bottles. The menu is already quite beer-friendly, so this is
going to be a fun program to see take shape. The new beer list will
be in place on July 8th, when Anchor &
Hope kicks off a happy hour with $1 oysters, and chef Sarah
Schafer is making some sausages (she's actually using the first smoker
Town Hall bought since they are now on their third). 83 Minna St. at
2nd St., 415-501-9100.
John Quintos of Cento (the awesome alley café next to Little
Skillet) just opened an offshoot kiosk on Monday, ~VEGA
AT LANGTON~. There is Blue Bottle Coffee espresso and a drip
bar (and the wonderful New Orleans iced
coffee), but no French press. The Little Skillet/330 Ritch kitchen
is baking some sweet baked goods for the kiosk, like bread pudding,
scones, and other goodies, some with a little bit of a Southern
bent. Hours are currently 8:30am–3:30pm, and they may extend until
6pm or so later on. 1246 Folsom St. at 8th St.
Speaking of Cento, looks like both Cento and Little Skillet will
be open on the weekends, starting July 11th. Cento's hours will
be Sat–Sun 8am–4pm, and Little Skillet will be open on Saturdays
from 9am–3:30pm. Mmmmm, fried chicken and waffles and breakfast po'
boys and coffee weekends are imminent! 330 and 360 Ritch St. at Townsend.
While we're on chicken and waffles, ~GUSSIE'S~ keeps getting
closer: now we're looking at July 6th. More on this soon! 1521 Eddy
St. at Fillmore.
Say prost over this good news for ~SCHMIDT'S DELI~:
after some tedious delays, their beer and wine license is in
effect! Dinner service will be kicking off on July 7th. Hours will
then be Tue–Sun 11am–11pm (no more lunch service on Mondays). 2400
Folsom St. at 20th St., 415-410-0200.
Looks like ~GOOD EVENING THURSDAY~, the weekly
secret steakhouse upstairs at Bruno's in
the Pussycat Lounge, is wrapping up at
the end of July as OPEN Restaurant prepares for an event at SFMOMA
in October. So get your booty over there soon if you want to experience
it! Every Thursday from 7pm–2am. 2389 Mission St. at 20th St.
For reservations, contact goodeveningthursday
[at] gmail [dot] com.
After 20 years in business, the owners of neighborhood fixture ~NEW
SAIGON RESTAURANT~ are retiring, and a place called ~MATCHA
SUSHI~ is taking its place. Look for the change to happen in
July or so. 915 Kearny St. at Jackson, 415-982-3853.
Pizza news: according to permits, a pizza places called ~PI
BAR~ is coming to the Mission in the former Suriya
Thai space. More details coming atcha if and when the owners
(Richard Rosen and Jennifer Garris) get in touch with me. Anyone?
Bueller? 1432 Valencia St. at 25th St.
three or four months, Hayes Valley's ~PATXI'S
PIZZA~ is going to be opening a location for their
deep-dish pizza in the Marina. The spacious
location is opening in a new building,
and will have a large zinc-topped bar (25 feet long), plus room
for 40 seated in the dining room, with banquettes and
a communal table, and a mezzanine that
will be the perfect party spot, with
room for 20. There will also be 16 outdoor
seats with heat lamps, and it's on the sunny side of Fillmore,
bonus. There will be 30 wines, and 10 beers on tap.
Lunch and dinner will be served daily.
3318 Fillmore St. at Chestnut. (Photo
from Patxi's Pizza.)
FYI, ~COI~ will
be closed from June 28th–July 8th or so for
a kitchen upgrade. 373 Broadway at Montgomery,
The tablehopper tipster Jason B. writes: "In Embarcadero 5, Saigon
Deli Express (not sure who used to be here) and Rosanero Pizza (used
to be Parkway Pizza) opened, and Mediterranean Fresh (kebabs,
platters, the usual) has taken over Mama Lucy's" in SoMa
(1 Gilbert St. at Bryant, 415-252-9464).
Vegan Bake Sale (it's for charity) is on, running
from June 20th–28th. Thanks to tablehopper
reader Susan W. who tipped me off about
SWEET SHOPPE~. A variety of 100% vegan baked goods
made with organic, local, and fair-trade
ingredients were available at Little
Otsu over the weekend, and at the Hemlock
on Monday night. Not sure about any future
Violet Sweet Shoppe bake sale locations—check the website for
details. Here's the menu,
which includes items like cupcakes, peanut
butter cookies, and gingerbread sandwich
cookies. You can make special orders
on the site. (Photo from Violet Sweet
And this Saturday June 27th, the writers behind SF blogs The
Urban Housewife and Vegansaurus! are
putting on ~TWO MORE VEGAN BAKE SALES~ for the Worldwide
Vegan Bake Sale. There will be cupcakes, cookies, brownies,
pie, whoopie pies, and more. There will also be gluten-free options
and treats for dogs. Additionally, a selection of cupcakes will
be provided by local vegan bakery Sugar
Beat Sweets. Sales will benefit Animal
Place (a sanctuary for abused and discarded farmed animals)
Bay Animal Animal Advocates. Saturday June 27th from 11am–4pm
at 3506 16th St. at Sanchez, in front of Ike's Place, and Sunday
June 28th from 11am–4pm in the 800 block of Capp St. near 24th
More sweets: MenuPages had
the scoop on ~SWEET~ on
Church, "a new confectionary … in the tiny
space between Sparky's
and Crepevine, the Small Potatoes [Catering]
off-shoot deals in cakes, cookies, candy, and other tooth-rotting things.
There was a chalkboard out front advertising cupcakes, but the last
one had just been sold minutes before our arrival. We did manage to
sample the house-made spiced caramel (caramel laced with cloves, cardamom
and cinnamon), which was a lot like eating a caramel apple without
the annoying apple part. They also had regular caramel apples on the
shelf (if that's
your thing), along with rocky road, and fresh
marshmallows." The website also mentions root
beer float or Mexican red chili chocolate cupcakes,
and a peppered peanut brittle. I also wanna know about their "I F***ed
Up" gift box, hilarious. (I just don't want anyone to eff up with me
so I get it.) Open Sun–Thu 11am–7pm, Fri–Sat 11am–8pm. 218 Church St.
at Market, 415-552-8992.
Also this Thursday June 25th, Fran Gage is coming to the ~THE
TYLER FLORENCE SHOP~. Fran, who owned Fran Gage Patisserie
for 10 years in San Francisco and is a noted food writer, will
be signing her new book, The
New American Olive Oil and conducting an olive oil
tasting from 6pm–8pm. 59 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley.
I wouldn't delay on getting
tickets for this event on Tuesday July 7th, the latest
in the ~A MOVEABLE FEAST~ series to benefit CUESA.
At Aziza restaurant,
join executive chef Mourad Lahlou and James
Syhabout, formerly chef de cuisine of Manresa (and opening Commis in
Oakland later this year) as they highlight
farmer Jesse Kuhn's
produce from Marin Roots Farm. $80, or
$100 including wine, inclusive of tax and
gratuity (a percentage of each ticket cost will benefit CUESA).
7pm. Aziza Restaurant, 5800 Geary Blvd. at 22nd Ave.
A couple all-you-can-consume meal deals (consider yourself warned):
at all-you-can-drink mimosas, when there are still wines and beer
to consume? ~CIRCA~ is
kicking off Pink Wednesdays: for $19, you can
take your pick from a couple salads, and for an entrée, you can choose
from a half-pound hamburger or turkey burger and French fries, or a
roasted half-chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables, or fish and
chips. Oh yeah, and you get bottomless
wine (white or red) or beer (Coors Light, hmmm). Dinner seating
starts at 5:30pm, and a DJ will be coming in at 8pm. Once you're good
and heated, you can continue your buzz at the bar, which is where 10%
of all sales from 8pm–12am will be donated to the Komen
San Francisco Race for the Cure, which is on September 27th.
Pink Wednesdays will be happening every Wednesday until the race. 2001
Chestnut St. at Fillmore, 415-351-0175.
really helping our seafood population in our oceans, but here goes: ~OZUMO
RESTAURANT IN OAKLAND~ has announced the introduction of Sushi
Mondays with an "all you can eat" menu priced at $30 per person,
offered every Monday night from 5pm–10pm. The
special is available only at the restaurant's sushi bar and includes
rolls, nigiri, and select appetizers prepared by master sushi chef
Ido Kiyotaka. Guests who choose to make reservations are asked to mention
that they will be coming in specifically for Sushi Monday; walk-in
diners are also welcome. 2251 Broadway at Grand, Oakland, 510-286-9866.
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