First, sort of an update on Sunflower (SFist did a little digging):
SFist called the Potrero branch of Sunflower to see if there’s any update on the space at 506 Valencia (which is also connected in back to another storefront at 3111 16th Street) and an employee there said she did not know if there were plans to reopen. Also, she said, she could not discuss why they closed.
Mission Mission commenter Susie, who claimed to represent the restaurant, noted earlier that the problem had to do with ADA compliance, which could stem from threats of litigation, or actual litigation, from local opportunist ADA enforcers who have also struck other nearby Mission businesses like Chile Lindo. Back in 2010, Chile Lindo owner Paula Tejeda told Inside Scoop and SF Weekly that “The entire Mission is being attacked by this same lawyer,” referring to Thomas Frankovich and his disabled plaintiff Craig Yates, who at the time threatened Tejeda’s landlord with $1,000 fines for every incident of lack of access to the restaurant because of a six-inch step required to enter the premises.
Hopefully they’ll reopen eventually. Meanwhile, the Sunflower family opened a new place right next door, in the former Mariachi space:
The restaurant’s About page says that they “bring traditional Korean dishes and make them vegan,” but the only Korean items on the menu so far are a kimchi maki roll and a vegan version of bibimbap.
The place got a handsome remodel and just snuck open on Thanksgiving day, and vegans the city over will be clamoring to try dishes like lemongrass “chicken”; wok-fried spicy tofu with bell pepper, celery and chili; red and yellow curries; deep fried yam maki rolls; and vegan Mongolian Delight. All dishes are in the $5 to $12 range, which should also make them popular, and you can see the full menu here.
How’s everybody been dealing with the loss, anyway?
Read on for more.
There’s an oogey-gooey fried chicken liver on that badboy!! Damn!
(Thanks to our boy Tag from Sexpigeon for shooting this monstrosity.)
After doing the farmer’s market pop-up thing for years, Richie Nakano is finally opening his long-awaited ramen shop tomorrow. The Hapa Ramen restaurant is located at 2293 Mission Street, in the former 99¢ Depot. As a long-time noodle advocate, I headed over to report from the front lines, armed with a fellow noodle-loving lady.
The opening menu features snacky small plates (ribs, a raw fish tartare, a Korean seafood pancake), steamed buns a la David Chang, and with three types of ramen. The restaurant’s namesake bowl, pictured above, is generously topped with pork slabs, nugs of fried chicken, a poached egg, and seasonal vegetables.
There’s also a full bar and cocktail menu, which includes a gin drink involving Hi-Chew tincture and Hawaiian Punch syrup (above, right) that tastes exactly like a Pixy Stix. The bourbon drink on the left contained banana, black sea salt, and cacao.
Above, two of my favorite things I ate: a savory pile of roasted baby carrots and radishes, and an adorable fried chicken-and-pickle steamed bun that, in the most flattering way possible, reminded me of the classic sandwich from my childhood favorite now-shunned fast food establishment.
Oh, and those in-progress booths we reported on awhile back cleaned up real nice:
[Booth photo by Erin Conger]
P.S. Visit Girls Love Noodles!
It’s extremely carcinogenic and very hard to digest, but it looks tight on Instagram. Available now at Flour + Water.
This is available now at the airport in Brisbane, Australia. (Obama was there over the weekend for the G20 Summit.)
(If only it were available in Brisbane, California, we could head down there right now, and maybe stop in super-cool Daly City on the way.)
Here’s the deal:
Anchor Brewing Company’s Zymaster No. 6: Saaremaa Island Ale is inspired by Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s journey to this Estonian island in the Baltic Sea. Inhabited for over 8,000 years, Saaremaa has been occupied by Germany, Denmark, Sweden, czarist Russia, and the Soviet Union. Its culture is a rich and fascinating melting pot. Yet few outside of Estonia have ever experienced its uniquely native beers. Mark enjoyed them so much that he not only brought back his memories of Saaremaa but some brewer’s yeast, as well. Inspired by Mark’s Estonian beer journey, Anchor’s Zymaster No. 6 takes you on a journey to Saaremaa by way of San Francisco.
“My wife and I were traveling through the Saaremaa Island countryside and we stopped at a bar,” said Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter. “I asked for a local draught beer and the unfiltered brew I was served was completely unique. It was the native yeast that intrigued me and ultimately become the inspiration for Zymaster No. 6. After returning to San Francisco, the Estonian yeast was isolated and cultured becoming the cornerstone of our pale ale which is complimented by the medium bitterness from Northern Brewer, a favorite hop here at Anchor. The result is a one-of-a-kind brew that transports me back to that countryside bar. We hope you’ll enjoy this beer journey, as well.” [link]
I had it the other day at the Tradesman and it was pretty interesting (and paired well with the burger with peanut butter and cheese). Had no idea of its Estonian origins until I thought to look it up just now. Cool story, Anchor!