Earlier this spring, a pending ABC license revealed Tom Silargorn and business partner Rattakorn Potharam behind the three locations of Lers Ros were opening a project called CAULIFLOWER in the former (and longtime) Katz Bagels location on 16th Street in the Mission (Hoodline noticed the license back in May).
It ends up the concept is a homestyle, American breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner spot with French flair. The breakfast and lunch menu includes scrambles, omelets (with a tasty-sounding shrimp omelet), Benedicts, pancakes, French toast, salads, burgers (and a fried chicken sandwich), two kinds of cheesesteaks (made with grass-fed ribeye or prime New York), and a kids’ menu (you can peep the daytime board here).
Dinner includes apps like tuna tartare, steamed mussels, and four kinds of salads, while main dishes include prime New York steak with brandied mushrooms, thyme, and fried fingerling potatoes (looks good); pork osso buco (getting me ready for fall!); sea bass crusted with prosciutto and beurre blanc; rabbit Niçoise; and rack of lamb with asparagus, mashed potatoes, and rosemary jus. And there’s a namesake cauliflower steak. For those who remember, it’s not a big spot, so it will have a cozy vibe. Soft-opening hours are daily 10am-3pm and 5pm-9pm (closed Monday). 3147 16th St. at Valencia.
Back in July, I mentioned BIRDBOX, the casual, fried chicken spinoff from the Birdsong team was opening in South Park, and it’s now open for takeout only with a limited menu for now (Birdboxes, fried chicken breast and Claude the Claw sandwiches, “Bird Part” sets, and select sides including fries with schmaltz, coleslaw and cornbread); look for an expanded menu and indoor dining soon. It’s right by Oracle Park, so you can check it out on the next game day. Hours are currently Wed-Sun 11am-8pm. 680 2nd St. at Townsend.
Another follow-up: Sandy Zheng and Julia Zhu of UNITED DUMPLINGS in Bernal have opened their new Marina location (they took over the short-lived Cancha location on Chestnut). You’ll find their menu of both creative and traditional dumplings (including a jumbo soup XLB), small plates, noodles, fried rice, and more. Open daily (except Tue) 11am-2:30pm and 4:30pm-9pm (until 10pm Fri-Sat). There’s both indoor and outdoor/sidewalk seating, and they also offer takeout and delivery. 2015 Chestnut St. at Fillmore.
Over in the Castro, Hoodline reports DUMPLING KITCHEN has opened in the former Papi Rico space. I’m ready to hit that patio and enjoy some Shanghaiese dumplings made at the restaurant (bring on the pan-fried dumplings and XLB) and noodles and soups, plus lunch specials from 11am-3pm. This is owner Michael Shao’s second location. Open Mon and Wed-Fri 10am-3pm and 5pm-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9:30pm. 544 Castro St. at 18th St.
Over in Bayview, after countless delays and permit snags, Olton Rensch has finally been able to open TALLIO’S COFFEE & TEA, a specialty coffee roaster retail shop and café; check out his variety of roasts here—be sure to try the popular Bayview dark roast. He also offers a refreshing ginger brew that is made from a family recipe (from Suriname). I look forward to swinging by, welcome to the neighborhood. Here’s to persistence and perseverance. Soft-opening hours this week: Tue-Fri 9am-3pm, grand opening on Saturday at 1pm. 4732 3rd St. at Oakdale.
The exterior of the new Cauliflower in the Mission. Instagram photo via @caulisf.