This news definitely made me happy since it’s just a 15-minute walk away: Tony Gemignani’s SLICE HOUSE is now open in the Upper Haight, and expect some neighborhood influences on the shop. It ends up the space was originally Ron and Jay Thelin’s Psychedelic Shop (via Scoop), the first head shop in the West, and while you won’t be able to order a magic mushroom pizza, there will be some special pies and more on the menu that pay homage to the neighborhood, like the Purple Haze slice. Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 1535 Haight St. at Ashbury, 415-552-2520.
Newly open in SoMa right in the thick of things at 6th Street and Minna, is TABOON BAKERY, the city’s first kosher bakery. I have been tracking this place since Hoodline mentioned the project quite awhile ago, which has three Israeli partners. They are focused on making traditional baked items, and partner Avi Edri tells me they have four different ovens to handle all the different kinds of dough Yanni (no last name) the baker is making (a “taboon” is a classic type of oven typically found in the Middle East).
The menu looks fantastic, from fluffy pita to sweet braided buns to rugelach, plus savory breads like onion and tomato sauce pizza, garlic bread, focaccia, and cheese burekas. And there will be sufganiyot, just in time for Hanukkah. There are also special dips they are making, and they use imported spices for maximum authenticity. They expect to ramp up with even more items soon. There are also some gluten-free items. Open Sun-Fri 8am-8pm. 132 6th St. at Minna, 628-444-3666.
Lower Pac Heights residents have a new sushi place near Japantown, AKIRA JAPANESE RESTAURANT. Take a look at the lunch menu and dinner menu, which look pretty straightforward. Open lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. 1634 Bush St at Franklin, 415-800-8498.
A classic slice from Slice House. Photo courtesy of Slice House.