This week in the local food scene saw the reopening of The Orbit Room, the debut of Academy Bar & Kitchen on Fillmore, the opening of Sushi An (the replacement for Ino Sushi), the merging of Sneaky's BBQ with Southpaw BBQ in the Mission, and the announcement of a casual spinoff of Meadowood up in St. Helena. Also there was a notable kerfuffle yesterday after some online anti-toddler comments by the owner of Cole Valley favorite Zazie ruffled the feathers of sensitive parents of small children.
And this week the local artisan nominees for the Good Food Awards were announced, including Happy Girl Kitchen's raspberry-lemon jam, and perennial nominees Cowgirl Creamery for their Red Hawk and Inverness cheeses.
Here's what else you may have missed.
Spaghetti Bros opened this past Tuesday at 3213 Scott Street in the Marina. The restaurant, which makes all of its pasta in house, is a collaboration between former Bix and Fog City chefs Erik Lowe and Aaron Toensing. Inside Scoop has the full menu, which includes everything from St. Louis toasted raviolis to Swedish-inspired meatballs, and Tablehopper suggests the place has a playful vibe. The bar features classic cocktails, and the restaurant, which seats 120, opens one hour after the bar at 5:30 p.m.
A planned spring 2016 opening date has been announced for a new beer garden and restaurant near Oakland's MacArther BART station. Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack, which is set to go on the corner of 40th Street and MLK Jr. Way, wants to maintain a relaxed and approachable feel, as Inside Scoop reports. A collaboration between Farm League and Bcooperative, Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack is one element of a much-larger planned development to come to that corner.
1300 on Fillmore unveiled a new menu this week, one that reflects the new chef de cuisine leadership of Jake Whitlock. Eater observes that menu sticks with the low-country Southern feel, but shows off Whitlock's love of West African cuisine. The presence of executive chef David Lawrence can still be felt, as Eater notes that his take on grits and fried chicken still remain a fixture. As the name suggests, the restaurant is located at 1300 Fillmore Street.
The Financial District is getting a new Asian bowl lunch spot early next year, as Hoodline reports that NoodleMe is coming to 333 Market Street. Originally started as a monthly pop-up, NoodleMe co-owner Danny Sterling says that the bowls will all be "build your own," and that they'll always have at least one vegan option.
Sam's Grill & Seafood Restaurant is celebrating their 148th anniversary next week, and Tablehopper reports that they're adding an outdoor oyster bar all next week for the occasion. A dozen freshly shucked oysters will cost you just shy of $15. Sam's is located at 374 Bush Street.
Speaking of seafood, The Whole Beast has expanded their offerings from the merely land-based to include sustainably caught fish at a new seafood bar. Owner John Fink just recently opened up the extension, and Inside Scoop reports that he hopes to soon serve chowder. The Whole Beast Seafood Bar is located right next to The Whole Beast stall in The Hall at 1028 Market Street.
Go visit The Whole Beast Seafood Bar at The Hall sooner rather than later, as developers plan to turn the place into condos, and Hoodline reports it could close as soon as next summer. That was always the plan however, and in The Hall's place will (theoretically) go 186 rental units.
A new Italian spot opened at 725 Columbus Avenue last week, reports Hoodline. Piccolo Forno seeks to bring a modern (yet relaxed) Italian restaurant to the neighborhood. You can take advantage of their slices at $4.50 each, or commit to something a little more serious with a $14 lasagna.
The wonderful El Metate, located on the corner of 22nd and Bryant Street, now serves beer. However, they might have had to drop their patio seating as a result, observes Mission Mission. (This also probably means you can no longer brown bag it.)
A new 24-hour restaurant and (not 24-hour) nightclub will open next Tuesday, reports Hoodline. Codeword, on Folsom near 5th Street, comes from the DNA Lounge team. They'll serve coffee in the morning, sandwiches midday, and beer and pizza in the evening.
Owner of Michelangelo Ristorante & Caffe Salvatore Cortara is taking over the nearby (now closed) La Boulange at 543 Columbus Avenue, Hoodline informs us. The new spot, which is as of yet unnamed, will have a Sicilian menu with chef Salvatore Di Stefano at the helm. Cortara is aiming for a December opening.
Bayview is getting a new brewery, with Laughing Monk Brewing set to open in sometime in early 2016, reports Inside Scoop. The brewery will serve a Belgian-California style crossover, according to founder Andrew Casteel.
The Mina Group is planning for a new restaurant to be located at 350 Mission Street, reports Hoodline. The address is that of a not-yet-completed building, and while a PR rep for the company would not confirm the specifics of what they have in mind for the space, she confirmed to Hoodline that the company does "not have plans to open Middle’terranea," referencing the company's first pop-up kitchen.
The San Francisco Business Times reports that the team behind the $20 million China Live complex hopes to have the four-story combination grocery store, restaurant, and tea house open by Chinese New Year.
This Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer's mid-week update is Noe Valley's Contigo, which he says "continues to be a bright light in its neighborhood" six years on. He's still impressed by chef Brett Emerson's tapas, especially the Catalan Tomato Toast and squid a la plancha with artichoke, but he thinks the albondigas could use a little less cinnamon. The updated stars: two and a half.
And for his Sunday review, he hits up Bon Marché, the big Parisian-style spinoff of AQ at the Twitter building. While he enjoys the food, particularly the French onion soup ($9), and seems impressed with the work of chef Matt Sieger, Bauer can't seem to get over what he deems to be a distracting atmosphere and uncomfortable seating. He gives the food two and half stars.
Also, even though the new Top 100 list is seven months out, Michael Bauer writes on the blog about the places he's likely to be making room for this year, including Old Bus Tavern.
At the Weekly, Pete Kane reviews Nostra Spaghetteria, the rebranding of Plin as a more accessible Mission pasta joint, and finds that it actually gives him a reason to be excited about Valencia Street again. (Kane also mentions that the spot has a second happy hour from 10 p.m. until midnight).