Ice cream fanatics, your time to enjoy Portland’s SALT & STRAW ice cream is now. Well, almost: Friday is go time for their Fillmore shop, the first in San Francisco. The shop is founded by Kim Malek with her cousin, Tyler, and their ice cream is known for its artisanal and handmade approach—they will also be working with local makers and purveyors for flavor inspiration. Their flavors will fall into three categories: SF classics (only available in SF); SF seasonals (only in SF, but for a limited time); and Crossover classics (available at all S&S locations, which are also in Los Angeles).
You can look at the initial menu here and start pining for flavors like cinnamon ancho and cajeta, or olive oil and lemon custard (yum). Trust me, the roasted strawberry and tres leches is soooo good. Hours will be 11am-11pm. Open Friday April 14th. They will also be at Off the Grid Fort Mason on Fridays. Their second location, in Hayes Valley (580 Hayes St.), will be opening in the summer. 2201 Fillmore St. at Sacramento.
Now open in Mid-Market is KAGAWA-YA UDON NOODLE CO., a quick-service, 40-seat spot serving Sanuki-style udon (it has a square shape and flat edges, famous in the udon-crazy Kagawa Prefecture in the Shikoku region of Japan, hence the restaurant’s name). I mentioned this spot last month, but here’s the menu—there are many options, including some accompaniments to the udon, and it’s meant to be fast. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. 1455 Market St. at 10th St., 415-703-0995.
Late-night denizens and SoMa partiers, you should know there’s a new pizza place open called ANTON’S PIZZA AND DELI in the former Citizen’s Band (RIP, sigh), and it has some handy hours for pizza (no slices just yet) and sandwiches (peep the menu here). Open Mon-Wed 10am-12am, Thu-Sun 10am-3am. 1196 Folsom St. at 8th St.
One more little neighborhood opening: TEKKA HOUSE has opened in the former Tataki in Glen Park and is serving some pretty straight-ahead/give the people what we think they want sushi (i.e., there are wacky rolls). They also have ramen on the menu. Open Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 678 Chenery St. at Diamond.
Grab a spoon, Salt & Straw ice cream is here. Photo: Leela Cyd.