Food news: Saltroot brings Brazilian cheese puffs to outer Clement, Mr. Banh Mi opens in outer Balboa, Overtime Sports Bar on Geary

For all you foodies out there, here are a couple of recent openings here in the ‘hood:

Photo by Yuka Ioroi

Saltroot Cafe | 2960 Clement Street @ 31st Avenue
Positioned on a sunny corner is Saltroot, a former home cottage food operation turned storefront. They specialize in pão de queijo, which is a Brazilian form of a cheese puff which a Brazilian friend describes to us as “delicious, crispy on the outside, puffy on the inside”. Saltroot’s are gluten-free and organic. The cafe plans to offer other fare but we haven’t been able to stop by or find a menu online. “We want to launch with green juices made to order, and with fruits, salads, and good espresso with milk from happy cows,” owner John Goyert told Hoodline back in January.

Mr. Banh Mi | 3605 Balboa St. @ 37th Avenue
Capitalizing on the Banh Mi sandwich craze is a newcomer to Balboa, Mr. Banh Mi. Opened by the same family that runs Kim Son Vietnamese directly across the street, this new spot is offering 14 different types of banh mi sandwiches, plus snacks, drinks and desserts. They’re open daily from 9am until 5pm, cash only.

Mr. Banh Mi owner Jimmy Quach on opening day. Photo by Yuka Ioroi

Overtime Sports Bar | 4134 Geary @ 5th Avenue
We just heard from a Facebook tipster that Overtime Sports Bar opened in the former Maze Cafe & Bar space that suffered a fire. “Full bar, local wine & beer, amazing cocktails, tasty food, great service, and a casual atmosphere that sports fans from all over can appreciate,” says their Facebook page. Open daily from 11am until 2am.

Overtime Sports Bar. Photo by Wendy King.


  1. Call me an old crank, but a sandwhich store being open from 9-5 does not seem like good business sense. Perhaps 11-7? (Kim Son is excellent and so happy that something looks good to replace the weird Victoria’s Pizza, that has been there since at least 1989)

  2. Overtime is really great. We had lunch and drinks there today. Nice cocktail program and really good food. Fills a void we really need in the neighborhood. We will definitely be regulars!

  3. brazilians do not make gluten-free pao de quejo, and they are not “cheese puffs”. Pao de Quejo is cheese BREAD

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