As previously mentioned on tablehopper, SoMa is getting a new café in the form of SOMA EATS. The project comes from husband and wife Oussama Mannaa and Shirley Azzghayer, who have owned neighboring SOMA Wines and Spirits for years. The café will be open for breakfast, lunch, and happy hour, and has actually absorbed the spirits shop as an accompanying bottle shop. The café offers Sightglass coffee, along with menu choices for dine-in or takeout. The menu has classic café offerings, many with an international spice element, including za’atar and sumac. At breakfast, there’s a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, or a Greek yogurt parfait with housemade granola and fresh fruit. Lunch selections are primarily in the salads and sandwiches vein, including a slow-roasted lamb sandwich with date almond relish and arugula. Take a look at the menu here.
As for the bottle shop component, you’ll find more than 200 beers, including local suds like Almanac saison, as well as local wines. There is also a “liquor library” with special spirits, including Sonoma rye whiskey from Sonoma County Distilling. Beer and wine can be purchased at the shop and then consumed at the café, though spirits can only be purchased and then taken home. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-10pm and Sat-Sun 9am-10pm. 186 2nd St. at Howard, ￼415-543-7662.
There are some very positive Yelp reports for food truck ODANG UDON. They’re at the Duboce Truck Stop Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11am-2pm, serving noodles that are made fresh daily. A sample menu shows a few different udon choices, including one with marinated steak and a Japanese curry style bowl. 55 Duboce Ave. at Woodward, 510-701-1701.
In Noe Valley, BOM DIA is now open. It’s an updated, more upscale version of a corner store, with artisanal products sharing the shelves with the usual staples. In addition to the retail side of things, they’ve also got Four Barrel coffee, tea drinks from Samovar, plus a deli counter with dishes inspired by the Mediterranean. Hours are 7am-10pm daily. 1598 Sanchez St. at 29th St., 415-801-5519.
For those who work downtown, there is a new location of PEASANT PIES in the Financial District. Their savory hand pies are available with a variety of fillings, including vegan and vegetarian options. Their combo meals are a pretty good deal too: you get one pie plus your choice of soup or salad for $7.10. Here’s the menu. 303 Sacramento St. at Front, 415-576-1176.
The interior at SOMA Eats. Photo courtesy SOMA Eats.