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Shop local disrupted: Grocery stores

Even groceries, among the most location-centric businesses, must now grapple with the demand for delivery in San Francisco. In the Mission, a neighborhood densely populated with grocers of all kinds, that means getting creative, because the cost of doing delivery are high. But the cost of offering nothing in response to the demand for delivery is even higher. “People in...

San Jalisco – an oldie and a goodie!

San Jalisco started out as the New Central Café, in the 50s, located on 14th Street, one of two restaurants Anita and Vicente Padilla opened once they established themselves here from Mexico. Owned by the Padilla-Reyes family, they’ve been at their current location on South Van Ness since 1988, with current chef/owner Josie Padilla-Reyes having taken over cooking duties from...

And now there are 10 ice cream makers in the Mission’s 1.5 square miles

Of all the calls, howls and squawks heard in the Mission, never has a breathe been spent complaining of an ice cream shortage. Why should it? There’s a parlor just around the corner The Mission, in just 1.5 square miles, boasts ten ice cream makers. “You gotta have your options,” said Melissa Loesgen outside the Mission’s newest addition, Smitten Ice Cream,...

Bar San Pancho kicks off baseball season with new mural

Bar San Pancho on 16th and Guerrero streets is celebrating the completion of a new mural on its Guerrero Street side today, dedicated to the San Francisco Giants and baseball. Artists Sam Flores and Ronnie Buders collaborated on the work. The bar is celebrating with palomas and a Giants-themed beer from Anchor Brewing as well as a fried buffalo chicken taco reportedly favored...

Good humor flows at Mission District family winery

Behind a roll-up door on a squat industrial building on Potrero Street is a family winery. At once unorthodox and deeply traditional, family name on the sign is not French or Italian like wine aficionados might expect, but rather Georgian. The Erstavi Winery family has been making wine for some 400 years, according to Nikolas Eristavi, the son of winemaker...

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai – Thai classics and street food

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai is Chef Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang’s third restaurant, which he co-owns with his wife, and his first venture into the Mission. The family also co-owns Kitchen Story (Castro) and Blackwood (Marina), both of which include Asian influences in their dishes, but Farmhouse is their only fully Thai restaurant. It is touted as an authentic yet modern take on...

Health Food Delivery Service Moves into Former Mission McDonald’s

A fryer that once churned out fast-food potato fries will now be producing sweet potato fries made with organic, sustainably sourced palm oil. After being shuttered for two years, the site of an erstwhile McDonald’s on Mission Street near 16th Street has become an all gluten-free catering service called Mealmade, with options for paleo, keto, vegan and other health-conscious eaters....

Loló, Colorful 22nd St. Cevicheria, Has Closed

SF Gate reports that Loló Cevicheria, the quirky and much smaller sister restaurant of Loló on Valencia Street, closed its doors on Saturday because of an expired lease. The cevicheria was popular for its small plates, tacos and of course, a variety of ceviche, and had operated out of the 3230 22nd St. location since July 2014– some five months after the original Loló...

Grocery Outlet Opens With Ribbon Cutting, Blessing, and Donation

A discount grocery store has opened its doors to Mission shoppers. Blessed by clergy from the Church of Saints Peter and Anthony and boasting two murals from Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, Grocery Outlet opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning. “That kind of understanding and working with the community in the Latino Cultural District is exactly the type...

Years In the Making, Grocery Outlet Will Open in the Mission

A former DeLano’s grocery on South Van Ness Avenue near 24th Street has been empty for more than six years, but will return to its former use with the grand opening of Grocery Outlet next week. Grocery Outlet first indicated to the city that it was interest in the space in August of 2015. Before that, Fresh N Easy had been...

Rice Paper Scissors Fundraises for Move to former La Plaza Space

After six years as a pop-up, the women behind the Vietnamese comfort-food venture Rice Paper Scissors are ready to settle down. Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan are now trying to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter to build out the space at the former La Plaza market on 22nd and Folsom streets into a permanent restaurant space.   They’re starting completely from scratch, down to installing a...

REVIEW: El Buen Comer – Instant Old School

El Buen Comer (“The Good Eating”) is a fairly new endeavor as a brick-and-mortar restaurant.  Isabel Caudillo, chef and owner, opened it only last July, after having cooked and sold her wares at the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market with the help of La Cocina, the Mission District food organization that helps establish low income women as food entrepreneurs.  Before that,...

REVIEW: Lolinda – Argentina in the Mission

I must confess, I’ve been to Lolinda quite possibly more times than I’ve been to any other restaurant in this City. It hasn’t been around for decades (they only opened in 2012), it isn’t old school, nor is it a mom-and-pop/family owned business. It is always packed, so it doesn’t need any more business. And it’s not cheap. (It’s not...

La Taqueria Wins James Beard “America’s Classics” Award

La Taqueria has been named an “American Classic” by the James Beard Foundation for its Mission-style burrito, joining four other restaurants nation-wide recognized for their “quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.” The restaurant, the foundation writes, has “stood out as a standard-bearer, and a barometer upon which to argue over other burritos.” The foundation notes the rice-less approach to...