Closed since the beginning of the pandemic, the ever-busy TRICK DOG bar is coming back this Thursday September 17th as a new, interim concept: QUIK DOG, operating out of Trick Dog’s space. The Bon Vivants Hospitality team is trying out this quick-food, takeout concept, focusing on burgers, hot dogs, salads, and fries (thrice-cooked Kennebec potatoes, to be exact), with the return of a couple of their classics: the kale salad, and their Trick Dog burger in a hot dog bun is now the Quik Dog Burger (house-ground blend of chuck and brisket with lettuce, onion, pickles, cheddar, and Doggie sauce on a hot dog bun—also available as a meatless “Beyond” version).
They brought on chef Timmy Malloy (The Douglas Room), who is adding new items like the QD Mission Dog, inspired by bacon-wrapped Mission hot dogs (butterflied all-beef hot dog, applewood bacon, fire-roasted jalepeño, sautéed onions, mustard, and Doggie sauce) and QuikNuggets (boneless buttermilk-brined crispy chicken nuggets, served à la carte or with lettuce, onion, pickles, and Doggie sauce as a sandwich). In SFGate’s article, you can read about all the R&D they have been doing to make sure the food travels well.
As for their famed cocktail list, things are pared down, although the new to-go bottles serve six—they’re designed to be an easy pour and to last in your fridge. You can order a Negroni Bianco with gin, bitter bianco, and blanc vermouth; and the Cruel Summer, with reposado tequila, amaro, and sweet vermouth. There are two-ingredient highballs as well, like mezcal + grapefruit soda; rye + BubbleUp; or aged rum + pineapple soda. You can also order these highball combos as full-sized setups with complete bottles, six-packs of mixers, and fruit. (Some top spirits will be available for sale as well.) Beer and wine will be offered by the can and bottle, and a selection of sodas, like Moxie and Cel-Ray.
You can also pick up their new branded merch, featuring Ferris Plock’s snappy Quik Dog. Keep track of updates at @quik_dog. Open Wed-Sun 4pm-9pm for takeout. 3010 20th St. at Florida.
Also in the Mission, owner Matt Straus of HEIRLOOM CAFÉ has expanded their weekly Saturday Wine offering with some food—pizza, in fact. They’ve been busy workshopping the ingredients and pairings and just launched Heirloom Pizza, selling a variety of 10-inch pizzas to go, like a summer pizza with corn, zucchini, fresh ricotta, and pesto; the Alpine with chanterelles, bacon, sherried onion, Alpine cheeses (uh huh); and the Gettin’ Figgy, with fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, and mission figs. There are also a couple salads, and, of course, a selection of wines to bring home, with a few splurge bottles. Hours for now are Tue-Fri 4pm-8pm and Sat 2pm-5pm. Order ahead for pick-up or delivery. 2500 Folsom St. at 21st St.
Over in Russian Hill, Hoodline reports the chic Kinjo sushi bar has closed, and the owners have opened a second location of SARU SUSHI BAR in its place, the popular Noe Valley sushi spot. You can order takeout and delivery (limited area) from their menu here. 2206 Polk St. at Vallejo.
The new Quik Dog mascot by Ferris Plock.