Now open in Mid-Market is CORRIDOR CAFÉ from the Hi Neighbor restaurant group (Fat Angel, Trestle, and Stones Throw) on the ground floor of the 100 Van Ness building. An exciting component is that it’s a partnership and chance for locals to try LAMILL Coffee, a well-regarded roaster based in Los Angeles. There are classic coffee drinks on the menu, plus some fun additions like a crème brûlée latte (cappuccino, caramel, and brûléed sugar) and two milk teas.
You’ll find Firebrand pastries (morning bun, bear claws, and more), housemade sandwiches, salads, and baked goods like a Corridor Cruffin (with Gruyère, prosciutto, and chive), blueberry muffin top, and cornbread bites with jalapeño-honey butter. Breakfast items include a mimosa-style yogurt parfait (vanilla and Champagne yogurt, winter citrus, housemade honey granola), a spinach quiche, and a croissant egg sandwich (bacon, egg, cheddar, and scallion crème fraîche on a Firebrand croissant, just $4).
Lunch includes a bay shrimp po’boy on a brioche hoagie with Old Bay-seasoned bay shrimp, lettuce, avocado, and pickled onions; a Cuban sandwich with shaved ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and pickles; and a falafel wrap.
The space was designed by Abueg Morris Architects, with a standing counter inside and outdoor seating too. Look for the second half of the project, Corridor, to open in April 2016 next to the café—it will serve “elevated comfort fare with smart-casual service and no need for reservations,” plus beer and wine. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 8am-2pm. 100 Van Ness Ave. at Fell.
A look at the counter at Corridor Café. Photo: Nader Khouri.