Everyone can exhale, your carnitas burritos and tacos dorados are safe: fortunately LA TAQUERIA owner Miguel Jara Sr. was able to bid and buy the location for $1.7 million, after an inheritance dispute with his siblings threatened the famed taqueria’s future. You can read more in the Chronicle here. 2889 Mission St. at 25th St.
A couple reopening reminders: IZAKAYA SUSHI RAN is opening in the former Nomica on Friday December 1st (2223 Market St. at Sanchez), and ALFRED’S STEAKHOUSE is taking reservations for after December 3rd. You can read a past tablehopper recap here if either of these stories are news to you! 659 Merchant St. at Kearny, 415-781-7058.
Congrats to all the GGRA Saucy Award winners—unfortunately I received the list after my deadline. Take a look here and see who won—there were a bunch of great categories. Congrats to all.
Michelin has also released their list of 2019 Bib Gourmand restaurants, with eight new additions of affordable restaurants that serve high-quality food like East Bay faves Dyafa, Nyum Bai, Teni East Kitchen, and El Molino Central in Sonoma. The star selection will be announced this Thursday November 29th. (The Guide will go on sale Tuesday December 4th.)
Looking for a new breakfast spot? Love shakshuka? Uh huh. OREN’S HUMMUS in SoMa has launched breakfast, with both traditional or green shakshuka (made with spinach and kale cream sauce), Israeli breakfast, challah French toast, hash and eggs, and more. Served Mon-Fri 8am-11am and Sat-Sun 8am-2pm. 71 3rd St. at Jessie.
Also in SoMa: ALX GASTROPUB has kicked off Sunday brunch service, with duck confit croquettes with blue corn “Jessie” cakes (executive chef Jessie Lugo’s play on “Johnny cakes”); duck eggs Benedict with a miso English muffin and foie-llandaise sauce (it’s like they’re trying to kill you!); and a brioche French toast Monte Cristo with prosciutto and Monterey Jack. (Just be sure to check the prices on the website menu before heading over—it’s a bit steep, even if the ingredients are on the luxurious side of things.) There are cocktails, mimosas with freshly squeezed juice, Bloody Marys, and more. Sundays 11am-3pm. 680 Folsom St. at Hawthorne.
One more brunch option: MAGNOLIA DOGPATCH brewery and restaurant is also serving weekend brunch, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm. The menu includes a Magnolia breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, hash browns, frisée, sambal chili mayo, chives, and choice of bacon or sausage; croque madame; and a breakfast flatbread: choice of bacon or sausage, sunny-side-up egg, hash browns, caramelized onion, Parmesan, and arugula. They also started weekday lunch service (11am-4pm) and happy hour (3pm-6pm daily). 2505 3rd St. at 22nd St.
Looking for a new lunch spot? The Jamaican KAYA in Mid-Market launched weekday lunch service, served Tue-Fri 11am-2pm. Chef Nigel Jones is offering sweet plantains with black bean sauce and sour cream; pulled-oxtail hash with a sunny-side-up egg: curry vegetables with rice, peas, and plantains; and a jerk chicken sandwich. They added some non-alcoholic beverages, although you can go for a boozy rum drink if that’s how you roll. 1420 Market St. at Fell.
Tacos dorados from La Taqueria. Photo by Blair Heagerty Photography.