You like to keep up with what’s brand new? Here’s a cheat sheet of five new spots that recently opened around town for you to check out.
At last, owner Adam Mesnick (Deli Board) has opened his second location, dedicated to making his crazy-delicious hoagie sandwiches, 11 in all. The brick-and-mortar location in SoMa also serves prepared salads, antipasti-type salads, and soup. For more on these big, honking sandwiches of your dreams, take a peek at the piece I wrote for 7x7 here. Since the shop is right by the Federal Building, Mesnick will be focusing on lunch service to start; hours are Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Bar Tartine Sandwich Shop
Have you made your way over here for lunch yet? Bar Tartine recently had a 15,000-pound custom oven installed, and you won’t believe the breads and sandwiches they’re offering. A favorite is the corned beef brisket on rye pan loaf, with housemade sauerkraut, cheese, mustard, and what they’re hilariously calling paprika island dressing. The fried chicken on potato bread (with cabbage, onion, garlic mayonnaise, and some special sauce) is also amazeballs. There are salads, snacks, and appetizers like smoked and fried potatoes with ramp mayonnaise, plus smørrebrød (Danish-inspired, open-faced sandwiches on rye bread). The sandwich shop is open during the day from Wed.–Sun. 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Corner Store
The former Hukilau space at Masonic and Geary has been given a massive overhaul, and it’s now a cozy and comfortable space serving unpretentious food, with a full bar, a soda fountain, and a front patio. Chef Nick Adams, formerly of Salt House, is putting out some American classics, like a wedge salad, a mighty excellent burger (read more in “First Bite” here), and roast chicken. Lunch and brunch, check. Plus there are well-executed cocktails, custom sodas, old-fashioned milk shakes and cream sodas with a boozy bent (hic).
Roam Artisan Burgers
There is now a second location at 1923 Fillmore in Pacific Heights. The latest spot features the same well-sourced burgers, delicious housemade sodas, and rockin’ Straus Creamery milkshakes available at the Union Street location. In the burger department, look for the addition of ostrich meat for all you exotic meat aficionados, along with a lineup of patty options that includes grass-fed beef, turkey, bison, and vegetarian. There is beer and vino on tap, and it’s open for lunch and dinner daily.
This new restaurant in the former Mecca space in the Castro is from restaurateur Francis Tsai; Tsai has brought on chef Leo Gan, formerly of Shanghai 1930, to run the kitchen. The food is focused on modern Shanghai cuisine, with locally sourced products and a seasonally changing menu. You can look at the menu here. Dinner is served Tue.–Sat., and weekend dim sum brunch will be added September 29th. There is also a late-night dining menu with small plates that includes late-night xiao long bao (soup dumplings), oh yeah!
Marcia Gagliardi is the contributing food editor for 7x7 and author of the weekly Tablehopper e-column and book The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and read more at tablehopper.com.