Tag Archives: food

“Mealmade” Reborn as “Kitava Kitchen”

The new Kitava Kitchen gets its name from a small Pacific island whose native inhabitants apparently lead a healthy lifestyle due to a fresh, nutritious diet. The name was one of the steps Jeff Nobbs and Brian Tublin took in coming together with their respective health-conscious meal delivery (formerly “Mealmade”) and catering (“Simmer”) services. The duo decided their separate visions were...

Spice Jar: Asian Fusion in the Mission

Housed in a little shoebox on the corner of Bryant and 23rd, I had no idea Spice Jar had been here for over two years. The spot is cozy, with a shared table in the middle and counter seating along the windows, inside and out. The décor is a bright, modern take on street food-charming, with Café du Monde coffee...

The sweet bread for the Day of the Dead has its own SF story to tell

All month, residents and tourists have visited the panaderias in the Mission District to purchase the pan de muertos, a sweet bread traditionally made in the weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos. It’s as if the bread was a Mission tradition. But, only 42 years ago, it was not common fare. “We...

El Metate — Happy Anniversary!

El Metate will celebrate its 15th year this November, and the young man who took our order at the counter of this sunny taqueria-plus seemed quite enthused about it. “We’re going to have a party!” “When?” I asked. “I’m not sure of the date, but we’ll let everyone know.” That cheerfulness follows you all the way inside from the Day-Glo yellow...

SF property manager atones for greed, Boogaloos slated to reopen

In life, Boogaloos served as a microcosm of Mission trends every bit as well as it served as a brunch spot. There were the tattooed, toddler-toting hipsters wiping vegetarian herb-cream gravy off their hoodies, and tucking into a “Temple O’ Spuds,” an Edmund Hillary-worthy mountain of potatoes, cheese, salsa, sour cream and green onions — a monument to the power...

Street Food Festival to energize Potrero Power Station on Sunday

Despite — and perhaps even in defiance of — the apocalyptic, smoky haze hovering in the air, culinary business incubator La Cocina will go ahead with its highly anticipated Street Food Festival this weekend, and some of the vendors will be donating all of their profits to fire relief. This year’s festival is of “modest” size, says La Cocina director...

Rincon Nayarit — seafood from Mexico’s western coastline in SF’s Mission!

A “marisquería” is a restaurant specializing in seafood — fish, shellfish, crustaceans — and Rincon Nayarit does that but also from a specific region — the seafood of Nayarit, a state in Mexico on the western coastline, south of Mazatlán. We didn’t really have a true marisqueria in the Mission, until now. Rincon Nayarit is definitely a family affair —...

SF’s Dolores Park Cafe celebrates 20 years in a changing Mission

The sights, smells, sounds and tastes at Dolores Park Cafe are familiar to locals. That is because it was one of the first neighborhood cafes to open its doors near Dolores Park 20 years ago. And the same people who waited in line on day one are still coming back. “The neighborhood has changed a lot,” said Rachel Herbert, owner...

SF dance club and restaurant, now 19, secures permanent home

After 19 years in business, Marco Senghor has secured the future of Bissap Baobab on 19th Street. The Senegalese entrepreneur has bought 3372 19th St. from former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta for $1.6 million. The sale realizes a dream Senghor has had for years. It also means one property on the block is now owned by a businessman who...

Neighborhood Notes: La Taqueria party, Mealmade revamp

Miguel Jara of La Taqueria is turning 75! And his family is throwing him a big ol’ party — with your help. The details: If you’re interested in hearing Jara talk about La Taqueria, here’s an audio piece we did with him a couple of years ago. LW   Remember Mealmade on Mission Street in the old McDonald’s by 16th...

Neighborhood Notes: HOMEY returns, activist bus ads, Brava sneak peek

HOMEY is returning to the Mission! After spending years tucked away in the upstairs space of a building in SoMa, the originally Mission-based nonprofit Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth is set to move into a Mission Street storefront. “Were coming back home,” said Executive Director Roberto Elegio Alfaro. He said the group, known as HOMEY, was told it...

Review: Souvla — Opa!

Souvla opened its third San Francisco storefront in the Mission (the other two are in Hayes Valley and NoPa) just this year. It’s part of the newish wave of “fine-casual” restaurants opening throughout the city — also known as upscale fast food — with spare décor, clean lines, self-serve water, order at the counter, grab a number, then hope to...

Red Balloon — Comida Nica in the Mission

I started writing these reviews with the goal of bringing under-reported, mom-and-pop/hole-in-the-wall places to the attention of new Missionites, so that they could appreciate what the Mission was, what its roots are and what it still means to its long-time citizens. And, of course, I’ve reviewed very new, hip restaurants too, because we all live here and we all eat....

Carnaval King to star in Deaf Dance Festival’s return

The Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival will be happening in the Dance Mission Theater at 3316 24th Street from August 11 to 13. This year is the fifth anniversary of the festival, and to commemorate the occasion, Antoine Hunter and his Urban Jazz Dance Company will present their work on the issues of incarcerated Deaf peoples. Hunter was this...

Pinball pub to take place of Belgian eatery

A pinball and food establishment called Outer Orbit Pinball and Restaurant will be moving into the Mission Bernal neighborhood and is set to operate in the Mission Street space currently occupied by the Belgian gastropub Bel. Bel, located at 3215 Mission St., will close in the coming months  after a two-year run in that location.  It is unclear when Outer...