Charles Phan
Charles Phan getting ready for opening day. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Update, Friday, Feb 4, 2022: The menu is out, and Chuck’s Takeaway is open for business. Here is the menu.

First published Jan. 27, 2022

Charles Phan, who turned his Valencia Street restaurant Slanted Door into a must-stop destination in the 1990s and later moved it downtown, will return as early as next week to 18th Street with a takeout place offering sandwiches. 

Banh-mi sandwiches will be at the top of the menu when Chuck’s Takeaway opens at 3332 18th St., just east of Capp Street. 

“February 1 or 2,” said Phan, who stood behind the counter Wednesday evening. He’s still waiting on a few permits. Meanwhile, Phan is putting the final touches on a sleek interior that features a wall of curated merchandise, including a friend’s pottery and condiments from his own kitchen. 

On another wall are full-sized dog portraits. “Like the portraits artists do of presidents,” he said. And now, customers can order one for their own pets. 

Phan said he had long used the Mission commissary spot for his other ventures, but only recently decided to open it as a takeaway shop. And, as SF Eater reported, he has been perfecting the recipe for the all-important roll of the banh mi sandwich.

See you in line!