Tag Archives: food

Activists Fighting Restaurants on Mission Street

Activists who have long tried to fight gentrification by opposing market-rate development and upscale businesses are now targeting new restaurants on Mission Street. The latest focus is a tea restaurant planned for the site of the former Sapphire Photo store at 2761 Mission St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A frequent opponent of new developments in the Mission has filed a...

Locally Sourced Pop-Up Grows in Mission District Bars

Who says it doesn’t pay to drink? La Cubana and Elotes, a pop-up food event featuring both foods, is a culinary match made not in heaven but on the street – in a mixture of drink, bad luck and an an act of kindness. “Chale” Martinez was on her way home from a concert when she decided to stop in...

Old School SF Grocery Reopens with New School Appeal

If you didn’t know that the Casa Guadalupe market has been on Mission and 25th streets since 1997, you certainly wouldn’t guess from its smart new awning, shining floors, or organic produce. These are the result of a year’s closure and a $225,000 renovation – and a family approach to reinvigorating a two-generation business. In fact father, co-owner Pedro Gil,...

Indian Cuisine Opens Today In Former Nostra Space

Modern versions of classic Indian dishes will soon be served in the former Nostra Spaghetteria space on Valencia Street near 14th Street, when Babu Ji opens there. Chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer already have one Babu Ji location open in New York City, their third after opening and selling two restaurants in Australia. Now, they are adding another...

Review: Heung Yuen – Old School Chinese Fare

Heung Yuen has been in the Mission for 34 years. I think I remember once, maybe 10 years ago, going in for some take-out wonton soup on a rainy day. I don’t remember if I loved it or not, but it must not have left an impression on me. I figured it was time to go back and give it...

Tiny Market Adds Even Tinier Bar

Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th and Capp streets is not just a liquor store, market and cafe anymore: it’s now home to the Mission’s latest beer and wine bar. Horsies Saloon, located within the shop but roped off from the market section, offers a cozy setting for a total of eight patrons at a time who will also be able to enjoy an...

Cuban Sandwiches Headed for Former Radish Space

Eater reports that the recently shuttered Radish on 19th and Lexington is slated to become Media Noche, a fast-casual dining spot offering Cuban flavors via Miami – that includes sandwiches, meat and rice bowls, empanadas, sangrias, and ice cream popsicles. The concept draws talent from several local eateries like Tacolicious, Delfina, Beretta, and Barzotto. Dishes fall mostly into the $12-$16 range, and the...

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...

Bissap Baobab is Back with “Sundays at the Village”

On a rainy Sunday, the windows at Little Baobab fogged up with aromatic steam from rice, fish, and bean cake. Latin beats floated through the walls. Jewelry and colorful printed fabrics were stacked high. Feet tapped on the floor and two friends danced in the front of the band. It was a Sunday at the Village – a new weekly event at...

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...

Tech Worker, Tired of Screens, Opening Mission Restaurant

A new Middle Eastern restaurant is opening on Mission Street in the next nine months, and its owner is a former software developer who is done with the tech world. “You work behind a screen for 10–15 years, you lose your mind,” said Monti Majthoub, a software engineer turned first-time restaurant owner who plans to open up a Middle Eastern...

Staffing Woes Shutter Valencia St. Kebab Restaurant

One of the owners of Valencia & Kebab at 525 Valencia St. confirmed this week that the Mediterranean restaurant has shut its doors for good after just 10 months of business in the Mission. Emin Tekin co-owns the restaurant and two others – both called Kobani Mediterranean Grill, in the Marina and another in Berkeley. Tekin said that the restaurateurs...

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,...

Former Minako Sushi to Become Naan N Curry

The shuttered former organic sushi restaurant Minako is set to become an Indian restaurant in a few weeks. The proprietor of Naan N Curry, Muzaffar Hussain, has secured a permit to put together the new restaurant and is hoping to open by the end of next week. Hussain said the new location will blend Indian food classics like curries and biryani with...

24th Street’s Pig & Pie To Close

Comfort food, pies, and pork products are about to take their leave from 24th Street after four years when Pig & Pie closes on July 31, its owners have announced. “The unpredictablility of restaurant life is extra challenging with two little ones in diapers,” the owners wrote in a sign posted in the window. “We’re so grateful to this community for its...