Some quick bites for you: first, according to an ABC license application, Lower Haight’s IZA RAMEN is expanding to open a second location in the former Triptych in SoMa. Scoop reports that Ritsuo Tsuchida will be adding more izakaya-style dishes and lunch too. Expect an opening this fall. 1155 Folsom St. at 7th St.
More noodles: NOODLEME from the Dobbs Ferry team has now opened in SoMa, serving customized bowls of takeout noodle soup for the lunch crowd. Guests choose noodles (wheat, rice, or egg), toppings (corn salsa, bean sprouts, and more), broth (pork or mushroom), and flavor (like XO habanero or red curry), plus add-ons like prawns or spicy tofu. You can also order your bowl like a salad. Open Mon-Fri 10:30am-3pm. 333 Market St. (enter on Beale), 415-974-5544.
Fans of BATTER BAKERY should know that the eight-and-a-half-year-old bakery has moved and opened in a new space in Nob Hill. The bakery and café has large windows; a custom bakery case full of cookies, scones, shortbread, ice cream sandwiches, cakes, take-home doughs and batters; and a rotating menu of seasonal desserts. There’s also a café menu with breakfast and lunch options, including quiche, overnight oats, breakfast quinoa, and a biscuit breakfast sandwich. You’ll also find espresso drinks (made with beans from Equator Coffee) and affogatos.
Look for evening baking and cookie decorating classes come fall. All production for Batter Bakery’s San Francisco locations will take place in this new space. Other Batter locations include the kiosk at 555 California Street, a retail shop at One Market Plaza, stands at Saturday’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Sunday’s Stonestown Market, and a small satellite in Portland. Open 7am-7pm daily. 1517 Pine St. at Polk, 415-674-1069.
And yes, it really is end times. The stunning and historic Jack’s space, built in 1907 with roots that date back to 1863 (it was most recently Jeanty at Jack’s from 2002-2009), will be opening by the end of the year as a coworking space for 400 freelancers and travelers called BAR WORKS (it’s an import from New York). Eater reports they bought the landmark space for $3.55 million. The former home of San Francisco’s second oldest restaurant, a gorgeous wedding cake of a space, is to be filled with ugly office furniture. All of this, I just can’t. 615 Sacramento St. at Montgomery.
Let’s focus on something more positive, like the new Square Slice Wednesdays happening at THE MILL. Josey Baker tells me they are using all flour that’s freshly milled on their new custom grain mill that he has been building for the past year—it’s all 100 percent stone-ground whole grain and Cali grown. And to make things even more fun, he’s doing Sicilian/pizza al taglio/slab/sheet pan pizza. Slices are $4, a whole pan is $30, and there are seasonal salads for $7. This Wednesday August 17th is Early Girl tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and opal basil; August 24th is potato, rosemary, whole roasted garlic, Parmesan, fresh herbs; and August 30th is summer squash, piment d’Espelette, parsley oil. 6pm-9pm on Wednesdays.
Also, Wednesdays are now burger night at MISSION D&A (the former Roosevelt Tamale Parlor). The burger is made with grass-fed beef and comes on a potato roll ($13); there are also fries, pickled vegetables, and a couple of desserts, like Banoffee pudding.
FiDi breakfast (hi, brown sugar-brined and house-smoked McFarland Springs trout on housemade avocado mousse toast) and lunch spot HOMAGE has launched Twilight Hour, an entirely new service and menu Monday-Friday from 3pm-9pm. Come by for a bite of five gougères for $5, large boards of cured meats (various prices and sizes), Parmesan and smoked tomato cocktail meatballs ($12), and a range of special cheeses. You can enjoy some bubbles or a glass of rosé from Provence, draft beers, and there are aperitif cocktails created by Christopher Longoria of 1760, like the 88 (Alvear fino sherry, Bonal, celery, extra dry vermouth, and lime). Check out the menus on their website. And enjoy the free and fast WiFi. 88 Hardie Pl. at Kearny, 415-800-8741.
Tony Bennett is turning 90, and leave it to ~HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE~ to create a limited edition flavor, Duet, in honor of the festivities taking place on Friday August 19th, when a Tony Bennett Commemorative Statue will be unveiled. Yay, you can try the flavor at both HS shops from August 19th-21st. It has Tahitian vanilla ice cream swirled with limoncello sorbet and housemade fennel biscotti—it was inspired by Bennett’s Duets album. Mr. Bennett will be in town over the weekend for a number of festivities.
Medley of NoodleMe options. Photo via Facebook.