By Dana Eastland. As previously reported on tablehopper, taco restaurant TACORGASMICO is, um, coming soon to the Castro. It’s opening in the former Blue Restaurant space on Market Street, and they are serving “simple Mexican pleasures” like tacos, tlayudas, and sopes, along with micheladas and sangria. And maybe happy endings, we suppose? There’s no exact word on an opening date at the moment, but we’ve heard rumors of a “soft opening” (LOL) this past weekend and their Facebook page currently invites you to “come hit the spot,” though no one is answering the phone quite yet. The tablehopper’s position on ‘gasmic food names was made pretty clear in The Bore all the way back in 2012, and this is no exception. But we can’t help but laugh—and hope the food is good. Yes, that good. 2337 Market St. at Noe, 415-565-0655.
There’s really no way to segue to this next story without thinking dirty creamy thoughts, but let’s all give it a try, shall we? The Castro is getting another new spot, this time for folks with a sweet tooth. Cole Valley’s THE ICE CREAM BAR will be opening a second location in the neighborhood this fall, according to Eater. Owner Juliet Pries reports that she’ll be opening in the former L’Occitane space, with the same style of ice cream choices, including scoops, milk shakes, and other soda fountain beverages. Pastry chef Lori Rich will be making baked goods for both locations, as well, though a menu is still forthcoming. It’s also worth noting that the name may change. 554 Castro St. at 19th St.
HULI HULI HAWAIIAN GRILL from Project Bayview is now open on Third Street, according to Facebook and Chowhounds. We mentioned the new spot back in December, which is offering affordable Hawaiian-inspired dishes while also providing a space for community building. At lunch, look for dishes like barbecue chicken, short ribs, a combo platter, loco moco, and more. They’ve also got daily specials, as well as some breakfast options. In addition, an outdoor garden provides seating and some of the restaurant’s produce. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-3:30pm. 4100 3rd St. at Hudson, 415-970-1990.
There is also a new Hawaiian spot in Excelsior, called ALOHA BBQ. Yelpers caught the opening and even grabbed a photo of the menu. There are combination plates, seafood, loco moco, saimin noodles, and more. Hours are daily 9:30am-10pm. 4935 Mission St. at France, 415-333-3619.
It looks like Vietnamese mini-chain PERILLA is opening a third location in the Lower Haight. Hoodline reports that they are taking the space formerly (and rather briefly) occupied by Ming Yao H Chinese. A call to the chain’s SoMa location reveals that they will be open for lunch and dinner daily, and plan to open in early June. 525 Haight St. at Fillmore.
The bright and cheerful interior at Tacorgasmico. Photo from Facebook.