This week around the Bay we had Asia SF getting some strangely big accolades from OpenTable, we heralded in the debut of Waxman's in Ghirardelli Square, said goodbye to Triptych in SoMa, and we brought you a list of the city's finest dive bars. Now for everything else that's been happening.
Some big-ish news breaking today for the Mission restaurant scene: Nostra Spaghetteria, the seven-month-old reboot of Plin from chef Alexander Alioto, is up for sale, as Capp Street Crap caught via this Craigslist ad. The space at 280 Valencia has never been the warmest, and it is, sadly, a little bit cursed. Original tenant Conduit, which had an award-winning interior designed by architect Stanley Saitowitz, closed pretty quickly during the financial crisis. That was followed a couple years later by Another Monkey, a Thai spot, and then Plin in 2014. Basically nothing has survived in this place more than about two or three years.
In Hayes Valley, the replacement restaurant in the former Samovar space that we heard about last fall, the French-inspired Revelry Bistro, opened on Wednesday as Hoodline reported. It's a solo venture for former Bistro Central Parc chef Brad Roth, and will start things off with a concise but cool sounding dinner menu. Brunch and all-day café service will follow later.
Cala (149 Fell) is going strong in its first few months in Hayes Valley having won raves, and it's not the easiest reservation to get right now. But now Tapas Cala (Hickory Street, behind Fell) will be making its debut in the back alley behind the restaurant, as promised, and as Inside Scoop tells us, what has been just a taco stand will now have some Mexican tapas in the mix too, and brunch in the restaurant is also now being served on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to Sundays.
The Tenderloin is getting a little British cafe, with food and special sounding British tea (and Sightglass Coffee), called Scullery (687 Geary). As Hoodline reports, it comes from the owners of the T-loin bar Bacchus Kirk, and it will feature Welsh rarebit, which is delicious.
Chicks and Love Pizza is taking over Rainbow Grocery’s outdoor cafe, as Inside Scoop reports. It's run by a pair of East Bay women who have been selling their handmade pie at farmers’ markets in Walnut Creek and Danville for a bit now. And while there will be vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, unlike the adjacent grocery store, they will serve meat pizzas.
On Divisadero in the former Ziryab space, after a bit of a delay, new bar-with-food Horsefeather (528 Divisadero) is making its debut sometime around the middle of next week. It's a concept that's been in the making for a while from Bourbon & Branch alums Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo, and it's where they formerly, last year, had a placeholder bar called Tsk/Tsk. Now comes the real deal, and Eater has the food menu right here. (It was originally slated to be open this week, but things got pushed.)
Over near the Oakland Airport, old-school Italian spot Francesco's with its bright green, red, and white awnings is giving up the ghost after 47 years in business. The three-generation family-run restaurant will close its doors for good on March 31, and they're calling any longtime regulars to swing back for a final meal, as Inside Scoop reports.
This Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer circled back this week for a return visit to Lord Stanley, which just debuted last summer on Polk Street, and he basically flips out about how good it is. Now calling it "one of the most interesting restaurants in the city," he says that husband-and-wife chefs Carrie and Rupert Blease "not only have found their voices [in the last seven months] but they practically shout them out from the plate." All told: three and a half stars. Yowza.
For his Sunday review, Mr. Bauer headed to that culinary backwater known as Walnut Creek, where he's a little less in love with new Spanish spot Teleferic. He allows that it is "a fun and relaxed environment" and that East Bay diners will likely flock there, but the paella has no caramelized rice crust (for shame!), and thus: two stars.
Over at the Weekly, Pete Kane is madly in love with David Kinch's new New Orleans-inspired spot down south in Los Gatos, The Bywater, which he says is "as worth-it as worth-it gets," and "a joyful romp through the world of Creole-Cajun cooking." Also, Kane makes a very funny joke about how getting San Franciscans down to the Peninsula to eat is like "herding... gatos."
Anna Roth, meanwhile, surveys the local doughnut scene for the Chronicle, and of course, venerable old Bob's Donuts on Polk is front and center.
And Ms. Roth also heads to Huli Huli Hawaiian Grill in the Bayview for the cheap eats beat, and she finds that while not all the food is successful, the rotisserie chicken and housemade kimchi are serviceable, and it's overall "a pleasant place to spend time."