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Bar Tartine Owners’ Experimental New Restaurant Opens Today

Family style, Japanese-inspired meals will be served at the former Herbivore on Valencia near 21st street starting today – and the restaurant will also have chefs serve guests directly, eliminate tipping, and aim to drive its food waste down to zero.   Two “guides” will monitor the restaurant, but cooks will do most of the serving, “bridging the divide between dining room and...
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Litquake to Shake Up the Mission’s Taste Buds Sunday

The small literary festival with its roots in the Mission stretching back 17 years will blossom into a cornucopia of food for thought this Sunday, October 9, when Litquake’s Eat, Drink and Be Literary comes to the Chapel. Every kind of food media character imaginable will be represented, from “gluten-free experts” to “sea foragers” and even a seven-time champion of the Grilled Cheese...
Cha Cha Cha at 2327 Mission St. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Cha Cha Cha Restaurant in Mission Gets New Owner

Cha Cha Cha on Mission Street is changing hands, according to its former owner. But the Caribbean restaurant will remain as-is and all staff will be kept on, its new owner said on Thursday. Irfan Yalcin — the owner of both L’Emigrante wine bar at 2199 Mission St. and Urban Fish at 2139 Mission St. on the corner with 18th Street,...
Rupam Bhagat's restaurant dream began with a food truck. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Former Food Truck Now Brick-and-Mortar on 24th

After bringing Indian soul food to the Bay Area on wheels, the chef behind the popular food truck “Dum” has taken his menu off the road and into the 24th Street space that once housed the Local Mission Eatery. Sitting inside of his first brick and mortar location at 3111 24th St.,  which he quietly opened to the public on...
The new shuco "El de la Mission." Photo by Sofia Keck

Los Shucos Latin Hotdogs Returns After Fire Damage Shutters Business

After the fire at Mission and 22nd streets last February was doused, Sofia Keck’s Guatemalan hot dog joint Los Shucos next door was also snuffed out. This weekend, a little more than a year after the fire, Los Shucos will reopen for business on February 13. “That was the very first day we sold a hot dog ever, so I...
The historic Boogaloo's facade. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Boogaloos to Stay Open, For Now

Despite concerns that the neighborhood diner might be shutting its doors as early as this month, Boogaloos will be staying open through December, but faces an uncertain future after that. “For sure we’re not leaving in September,” said co-owner Carolyn Blair Brandeis. “We’ll be staying open at least through Christmas, that’s our plan.” Blair Brandeis said the uncertainty is due to recent...
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El Majahual on Valencia St. and Time Lost

El Majahual, on Valencia Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets, is a tiny little restaurant specializing in Colombian and Salvadorean food, and is named after a small fishing village in El Salvador. The restaurant has been in this spot for 22 years. We have lived a block-and-a-half from it for ten years, and this was our first time visiting. And...
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Eats: A Return to Mission Chinese Food

  Years ago, I used to eat at Lung Shan Restaurant for “authentic” Chinese food.  Even after Danny Bowien and Anthony Myint moved in with   Mission Chinese Food , I would order from the “second,” and even, during an anti-hipster phase, from the “third,” menus. Finally, I gave in to the hype and found it well-deserved.  MCF quickly became my...
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EATING NOW: Beetloaf Sandwich, Curry Scone

Golden Beetloaf Sandwich. I’m sure all the sandwiches at Atlas Cafe are great, they’ve got smoked trout and roasted pork ones, but nothing haunts this vegetarian’s dreams quite like the Golden Beetloaf. The patty made from some mystery combination of mashed golden beets, spices, and vegetarian alchemy has a taste that is both savory and sweet, without being cloying, and...
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Eating Now: Eclairs, Tomato Soup and More

Have you eaten anything particularly good or bad lately, or seen a good scene while you were munching? Send in your short bites to missionlocal@gmail.com. Full names only. This focuses heavily this week on Craftsmen and Wolves on Valencia St, making repeated visits that will probably mean that I will need a larger pair of pants, but here is the...
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Eating Now: Tikka Masala Fries, Ceviche, Confit Duck

An occasional collection of bites. Have you eaten anything good or bad, or seen a good scene while you munched? Send in your short bites to missionlocal@gmail.com. Full names only. Sexy Fries at Curry Up Now. When Curry Up Now opened a restaurant on Valencia, things got dangerous: I no longer had to hunt down the food truck to satisfy my...
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EATING NOW: Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich, Pico de Gallo

An occasional collection of bites. Have you eaten anything good or bad, or seen a good scene while you munched? Send in your short bites to missionlocal@gmail.com. Full names only. Grilled mac and cheese sandwich at Bender’s Bar. Most bar food is not in the best interest of the eater. Indeed, the fries and sliders that one gorges down after...
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EATING NOW: Arinell Pizza and Pistachio-Encrusted Salmon

An occasional collection of bites. Have you eaten anything good or bad, or seen a good scene while you munched? Send in your short bites to missionlocal@gmail.com. Full names only. A “real” slice of pizza from Arinell Pizza: After spending 26 years in New Jersey, where I grew up eating at least two slices of pizza five days a week...
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EATING NOW: Hawaiian Pizza and Gai Ka Pro

An occasional collection of bites. Have you eaten anything good or bad, or seen a good scene while you munched? Send in your short bites to missionlocal@gmail.com. Full names only. Breakfast burrito from Pancho Villa. The breakfast burrito is my favorite kind. Probably because of the eggs. Taqueria Pancho Villa has a good breakfast burrito although you can’t choose the...