Exciting news from Charles Phan: he’s emerging from the pandemic bunker with a new banh mi and sandwich shop running out of the front of his commissary kitchen in the Mission: CHUCK’S TAKEAWAY. Eater reports he has been working on the perfect baguette roll for years, and is going to launch with a half-dozen sandwiches, with every ingredient housemade (as he does).
I reached out to the team, here’s the menu: sandwiches (all $16) include JO JO’S BOLLITO: toasted bun, braised beef belly, salsa verde; CP’S NO. 3: VN baguette, pate maison, pork cha, chicken liver pate, shallot mayo, soft herbs, cucumber, jalapeño; WURSTER HALL: VN baguette, eggplant, yuba cha, shallot mayo, mushroom pate, soft herbs, cucumber, jalapeño; TUNA BY DESIGN: sourdough boule, Olle’s olive oil tuna, pickled shallots, wild arugula; CHUCK’S EGG SALAD: milk bread, pastured eggs, mustardy mayo, celery, chives; and MOM’S MEATBALLS: pork meatballs, tomato sauce, cilantro. There will also be housemade spritzers ($6), coffees and espresso ($5), teas ($4), and cookies ($2). Opening Monday February 7th, hours will be Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. 3332 18th St. at Capp.
I was thrilled to see a post on Nextdoor that announced Mustapha Hakkou, the former owner of CAFÉ DU SOLEIL in the Lower Haight (who was forced to close after 15 years of business back in 2020, due to failed lease negotiations) is going to be reopening in the former Thep Phanom space, just across the street (interesting). The post said, “Not sure of the opening date, but he already has his furniture in. I ran into him one day and he said that all of his old employees are coming back as well, so we can expect the same great service and friendly neighborhood vibe. Welcome back!” A commenter said he’s targeting mid-February. 400 Waller St. at Fillmore.
CP’s No. 3 banh mi from Chuck’s Takeaway. Photo courtesy of Chuck’s Takeaway.