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Aug 10, 2021 2 min read

New Casual Bites and Openings Around SF

New Casual Bites and Openings Around SF
The sourdough pastrami sandwich from Hot Johnnie’s. Yelp photo by Jessica S.
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Hoodline announced that HOT JOHNNIE’S is now open in the former Nizario’s Pizza in the Castro (and an adjoining space), slinging house-smoked pastrami sandwiches (for $20 a pop—at that price, I’d love to at least see on the menu where chef-owner Jonathan Young is sourcing the beef; but then again, the vegan “Unreal” Ruben is $18, soooo…it’s just SF), plus a pastrami fried chicken sandwich, pastrami nachos, tacos, and other dishes on the menu. Beer and wine are coming. There’s also a surprisingly spacious patio in the back. Open Sun, Tue-Wed 11:30am-5pm and Thu-Sat 11:30am-9pm. 4077 18th St. at Castro.

The former Tyger’s Café has reopened as GLEN PARK CAFÉ from owners Damon Victorson and his wife, Ellie—Damon’s mother owns the building, and it ends up “Mario, who cooked at Tyger’s for years, remains in the kitchen, but the menu is new.” Read more in the Glen Park Association post. Open Wed-Sun 8am-2:30pm. 2798 Diamond St. at Chenery.

Congrats to SWEET GLORY, a dessert pop-up that recently opened their brick-and-mortar location in the Tenderloin. I have been eyeballing their roll cakes, crepe cakes, and cream puffs for too long. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Sat-Sun 9:30am-6pm. 721 Larkin St. at Ellis.

The former Mo’z (previously The Corner Store) across from Target on Geary is now THE HOUSE OF HUMMUS, featuring six kinds of hummus, wraps, Mediterranean tacos, and platters; (menu here). 5 Masonic Ave. at Geary.

Another Mediterranean spot is THE BITE in SoMa, a vegan-friendly spot offering salads, rice bowls, hummus, and wraps, and serving late. Open Mon-Tue 11am-10pm, Wed-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-9pm. 996 Mission St. at 6th St.

The former Samovar locations in Yerba Buena and the Mission are now JOYRIDE PIZZA, serving six kinds of Detroit-style pizza for dine-in, parklet or patio dining, pickup, and delivery. Yerba Buena Gardens: 730 Howard St., open 12pm-8pm; 411 Valencia St., 12pm-9pm (hours may vary).

The sourdough pastrami sandwich from Hot Johnnie’s. Yelp photo by Jessica S.

Sweet heat pineapple pizza from JoyRide Pizza. Yelp photo by Jarred M..
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