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Carolyn Alburger | Photo: Courtesy Yelp, El Techo, and Tomo's | May 13, 2013
Lots of openings to report on this foggy Monday: Hopefully you’re craving some Asian fusion diner food, or maybe drinks on a (heated) rooftop?
1) Kitchen Mojo (300 De Haro) is the latest new thing to hit the De Haro roundabout, according to Inside Scoop. The owners have tapped their friends at HRD Coffee Shop to help them create a mash-up American diner menu. There are burgers and salads, but also Korean burritos, and chicken katsu. Expect them to extend hours gradually over the coming week, and also note that Ryan Scott’s Market & Rye (300 De Haro), next door, has also expanded its daily hours until 7 p.m.
2) Mission go-to lunch stop, Rhea’s Deli and Market (800 Valencia), has doubled its neighborhood real estate with a new location, Rhea's Cafe, that just opened on 20th and Bryant. SF Weekly has some details: This outpost is more of a self-serve, sit-down diner than a deli, and it has a cute stool-lined counter for you to sidle up to and order a beer. Yes, they have beer. Expect the same beloved Korean-American sandwiches that pepper the original Rhea's menu, along with some hot dishes like fried chicken wings. Apparently Asian fusion is on the rise.
3) The rooftop at Lolinda (a.k.a. El Techo de Lolinda) officially opens today as well. They’re serving a Latin street food menu (empanadas, quesadillas, etc.) that’s different from the one served downstairs. SFist went to the pre-opening press party last week, and they can show you around, but here’s the abbreviated version: There are new glass walls to prevent the 150 mph winds from knocking your mojito straight out of your hand, and there’s a sense of hope that El Techo may draw a less douche-y crowd than Medjool’s rooftop did.
4) Paprika (3324 24th St) is an off-the-radar new sandwich, sausage and beer joint that recently opened on 24th Street, just blocks away from the similarly themed Pig & Pie. UrbanDaddy says there are 1.5 liter Boot shaped steins for its hard-to-find pilsners from Prague. Also: A jukebox.
5) Inner Fog (545 Irving Street) is experiencing a bit of a Renaissance out in the Inner Sunset. The owners have recently reopened with a revamped interior, beer on tap and a spiffy new menu from former 15 Romolo chef Larry Piaskowy. Beer-man-about-town Rich Higgins is consulting on their drafts. GrubStreet has the details.
6) Thrive Juicery opens today at Embarcadero One, and is now available for your fresh-pressed juicing needs on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Founded by East Coasters, Megan Propp and Stephanie Hubbard, this is the first West Coast branch of Thrive and also its first brick-and-mortar.
1) Next Door (3290 Adeline St.) is open in the sweet corner space on Adeline and Alcatraz in Berkeley, last run by Addie’s Pizza Pie. According to Berkeleyside, the restaurant is from first-time restaurateurs who have enlisted former Purple Plum/Cesar chef Sharon Lorraine to run the kitchen. The “comfort food” menu wanders from savory pancakes to warm spinach salad to cider brined pork chop, and there are lots of vegetarian friendly options as well. Check out the menu with its nifty lettuce leaf logo and book reservations here.
2) Eater got a heads up on Tomo’s Japanese (2026 San Pablo Ave.) which has a former chef from Yoshi’s, Tomo Owada, involved. For lunch, there are a few rice bowl options, and a daily changing bento box. For dinner, there is a tight list of sushi and sashimi, a “house special” of stuffed cabbage rolls, and several vegetarian and vegan options. Look for beer and wine and a few specials with a California influence to drop in the coming weeks.
1) We gave you a first peek inside Chalkboard at the Hotel Les Mars in Healdsburg—and now it is ready for business. The Chronicle’s Carey Sweet already ate there, and has a little report to share with the class. Dungeness crab-stuffed tater tots, anyone?