Up in Bernal Heights, there’s a new pop-up happening at the former Sandbox/Pinkie’s called EYE OF THE AVOCADO from Jes Taber. Menu items include some pretty insane-looking breakfast/brunch/lunch sandwiches, like the Roy G. Biv brioche breakfast sandwich, with an egg, picked onions, purple carrots, arugula, herb butter, optional bacon, and you kind of have to get avocado on a sandwich like that. There’s also egg, Cabot cheddar, onion, and herb sauce on brioche, panko mac and cheese, curried egg salad, and more, including coffee and pastries. Wed-Sun 8am-2pm. 833 Cortland St. at Gates, 415-361-8383.
But this pop-up may not be long for this world, since BLACK JET BAKING CO. is reportedly hoping to be able to purchase and move into the space by February (they are currently holding a Kickstarter to raise funds). It would be a dream for owner Gillian Shaw to take over the space, so here’s wishing them lots of luck on bringing their “pop tarts” to Bernal.
More Bernal news: it ends up THE EPICUREAN TRADER is one of the first accounts to be selling Tartine bread, like their country loaf, seeded rye, whole wheat sesame, and oat porridge—it’s delivered warm in the morning Fri-Sun. (THE MARKET in the Twitter building is another location—and they’re selling beans from the relatively new Coffee Manufactory too.) So wow, you don’t have to necessarily schlep to the Mission and go stand in line!
And even more good news: THE EPICUREAN TRADER is expanding to Cow Hollow and opening a second location in late January/early February on Union Street (between the Bus Stop Tavern and La Boulangerie). The store will be slightly larger than their current store, with a much greater focus on gourmet cheese and charcuterie. They will also be working to hold their title of being named the Best Spirits Store in the Bay Area by having the largest range of craft spirits in the city, with a particular focus on allocated and hard-to-find craft whiskeys, Scotch, and mezcal.
Wine lovers will be happy to know they have teamed up with two sommeliers that currently run some of the top wine shops in Berkeley to lead their wine program, which will continue to focus on high-quality, small-production wines. Other items on the shelves include small-batch coffee, hand-blended teas and spices, craft chocolates, oils and vinegars, and other artisanal pantry items. PLUS they will be able to deliver anywhere in the 7x7 area within an hour through Instacart. 1909 Union St. at Laguna.
The Roy G. Biv at pop-up Eye of the Avocado. Photo via Instagram.