ARANG, the Korean restaurant on Fillmore near Safeway in the Western Addition has reopened, serving a variety of Korean fried chicken dishes (soy sauce, sweet and spicy) and five new soups that look like they hit the spot, like chicken soup with rice, and beef dumpling with chicken, featuring a 10-hour bone broth made with beef marrow and chicken bones. (Please note the menu on their website is their old one.) Open daily 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm. 1506 Fillmore St. at O’Farrell.
A second location of Noe Valley’s HI-WAY BURGER & FRY has opened in the former Caffe Puccini in North Beach, serving burgers made with grass-fed beef, fried chicken sandwiches, a hot dog or Chicago dog, onion rings, all kinds of fries, and made-to-order cookies and Straus ice cream milkshakes. There are some outdoor tables as well. Open daily 11am-9pm. 411 Columbus Ave. at Vallejo.
Aussie alert: now open in the Outer Richmond is KOOLAH CAFE, which is one of the Aboriginal words for koala. Owner Brendan Dobbin—a 20-year hospitality vet—is married to an Aussie, and wanted to pay homage to Australia’s laid-back but meticulous coffee culture. They’re serving coffee and espresso drinks from Ritual Coffee Roasters, in addition to sandwiches and pastries. Open daily 8am-5pm. 6909 Geary Blvd. at 33rd Ave.
Dak gomtang (chicken soup) and yangneom (sweet and spicy) chicken at Arang. Yelp photo by Kristen J.