This week we alerted you to the best all-you-can-eat deals in the city, learned that Sparky's Diner had closed, advised you to go eat at Cadence, and found out that Alfred's steakhouse had reopened under new management. And we weren't the only one excited about that one — Eater took a tour of the restaurant, ogling vintage menus and ornate mirrors.
Meanwhile, the Inner Sunset may be getting a taste of LA, with the Southern California-based Lemonade looking to move into the vacant site of a former La Boulange, according to Hoodline.The seasonal menu offered by chef Alan Jackson is served cafeteria style, allowing the chain to dish out high quality food at lower prices, as Angelenos can attest.
Speaking of taking over vacant spots, a new pho joint called Pho Delicious is hoping to set up shop in the former Chinatown vegan restaurant Loving Hut. Hoodline isn't sure when the new owners are hoping to open, but as the interior needs some remodeling, it will probably be a little while.
A Mexico-based boutique hotel is coming to St. Helena, and Inside Scoop tells us its owners are pulling in some heavy hitters to handle food: Specifically, Las Alcobas has secured the involvement of Oliver Wharton and Chris Cosentino, both currently of Cockscomb.
Also this week, Sung Anh of The French Laundry opened a new spot in the Fillmore. Eater informs us that Mosu is contemporary American food with glimmers of Asian flavors.
Fisherman's Wharf. We know. But hey, there might soon be at least one reason for non-tourists to visit (besides In-N-Out). That would be the scheduled May opening of Asian-American fusion restaurant Surisan. Hoodline notes that the project is the work of co-owner Steven Choi, who also owns the Castro's Kitchen Story.
The former Amante in North Beach this week opened its doors as Pete's (not to be mistaken for Peet's). Tablehopper reports that chef Daniel Sudar of Fog City Diner will be running the kitchen, and the menu will include smoked wings.
The currently under construction Salesforce Tower will have a restaurant in it, and Eater reports that Michael Mina has snagged the spot for a Mediterranean place. There's no name yet, and a chef has yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chocolate Factory just saw their rent triple, reports Hoodline, and will be forced to close their 12th and Folsom location. The company has been there for 12 years, and the building's owner is trying to stick them with a $27,000 bill to paint over that awesome mural on the outside of the building.
Divisadero, for its part, just got a whole lot chiller with the opening of the Kava Lounge. Kava is a (legal) muscle relaxer, notes Hoodline, and in addition to the brew will serve mostly raw and vegan food concocted by owner Alva Kaple and Jillian Love of Bay Area Raw.
Joe’s of Westlake is back in business after two years thanks to new owners The Duggan family. The Chronicle reports that the family also owns Original Joe's, and will make fresh pasta on site.
In sad news, after 20 years of business Food Inc. is set to close. The wine bar and cafe known for live jazz will close in March, Hoodline tells us, making way for a new wine bar by the name of Scopo Divino.
The owners of Baiano Pizzeria, presently of the Sunset, have purchased Don Agapito's and Go-Getters Pizza and will expand to the Hayes Valley location. Hoodline notes that the exact timeline is still unclear, but points out that the new owners are likely excited about the two pizza ovens in the location.
This Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer's mid-week update came with a trip to Kin Khao Thai Eatery, the two-year-old Thai restaurant on Mason at Ellis Street with chef Narciso Salvador at the helm since last year. As when he originally reviewed the restaurant, Bauer notes that the rabbit green curry steals the show. While commenting on how some dishes delight while others disappoint, he suggests diners pay extra attention to the namprik long rua. He finds the servers knowledgeable about the food and cocktails, and even though he thinks the price creep that has seen dishes climb north of $30 is lamentable, he decides to keep the rating at two and a half stars.
Peter Lawrence Kane, meanwhile, hopped on over to Alameda under the auspices of the Weekly to eat at Angela's. His review of the Afghani restaurant waxes on the "incredibly cheap" duck strudel, and the "perfect in every way" lamb chops. Kane drops a resounding "yes" on whether or not Angela's is good enough to get you out of SF for food.
For his Sunday review, Bauer headed to Original U.S. Restaurant. After chronicling its long and winding history (it has been in at least three locations, he points out), the critic got down to business. First touching on the respectable lunch menu, he dives right into dinner, observing that the Sicilian-focused restaurant has a slightly too-sweet red sauce but showing love for the al dente noodles. Of the 18 main dishes, Bauer calls out the Sicilian seafood stew as the must-have, and on the desert side of things, he finds the tiramisu to be a winner. Service can be "scattered," says Bauer, but nevertheless he believes that Original U.S. Restaurant and owner Alberto Cipollina "gently" bring some of San Francisco's food history into the 21st century. Two stars.