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Enjoy a Russian flavored “Street Date”

SFGate had a nice “Street Date” feature last week, focused on Russian treats along Geary Boulevard here in the Richmond District. The date starts in the outer Richmond with shopping at Troika Gifts and ends with a spot of tea Katia’s.

Here’s your Russian street date itinerary:

1. Troika Gifts, 6300 Geary Boulevard
Eggs adorned with hand-painted hummingbirds share a shelf with Russian nesting dolls in this gift shop.

2. Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 6210 Geary Boulevard
Built in the early 1960s, its magnificent interior houses exquisite murals frescoed by Archimandrite Kiprian. Website

3. Holy Virgin Cathedral Bookstore, 6200 Geary Boulevard
In this bookstore next to the cathedral, you’ll find religious books, icons, incense, crosses and books for children. Open 10:30am – 2pm, 3-6pm Tuesday through Friday, 10:30am – 3pm on Saturdays.

4. Yana Deli, 4605 Geary Boulevard
If you don’t speak Russian, get in line and once at the counter, point at piroshki, sausages, cheese and other tasty Russian fare.

5. Cinderella Russian Bakery & Cafe, 436 Balboa Street @ 5th Avenue
Start out with a crunchy, mushroom-filled piroshki, warm from the oven, or try the potato, cheese or cherry vareniki. Website

6. Katia’s, 600 Fifth Avenue near Balboa
This cozy Russian tearoom serves an afternoon tea that includes Russian-style tea and a medley of savory and dessert choices. Website

Read the full article at SFGate.com

Thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Paul for sending this in. Any other Russian stops you’d add to this street date itinerary?

Sarah B.

10:20 am | Posted under Community, Food, Shopping | Comments Off

Lunch and dinner savings with “Dine About Town”, June 1-15

The ninth annual “Dine About Town” event kicks off today, offering local foodies a chance to try out new restaurants (or support their old favorites) at a discount. Participating restaurants offer a specially prepared 2-course lunch for $17.95 or a 3-course dinner for $34.95.

A few restaurants here in the Richmond District are participating:

5800 Geary @ 22nd Avenue
Dinner only. Sunday – Thursday (closed Tuesday)

126 Clement @ 3rd Avenue
Dinner only. Sunday – Thursday

Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos Avenue
Lunch or dinner. Monday – Sunday

To see the menus that each restaurant is offering, just click their names above. You can also make reservations online, through OpenTable.

“Dine About Town” offers discounts at over one hundred restaurants in San Francisco from June 1 – 15. Visit their website for more information.

Bon Apetit!

Sarah B.

12:20 pm | Posted under Food | Comments Off

Be part of the “Richmond Eats” archive project, June 1-5

We love our food in the Richmond, be it dim sum, piroshki, hamburgers, pho noodles or ice cream. Some of our favorite restaurants have been in the neighborhood for decades.

The Richmond District branch library is teaming up with the Internet Archive for a special project called “Richmond Eats”, whose purpose is to digitize, preserve and share our neighborhood’s diverse culinary history. And they need your help to get it started.

From June 1 until June 5, the library will hold a series of events to gather material for the archive. Stop by to share your Richmond neighborhood food history and family food ways with the project.

Bring in restaurant menus, recipes, or food-related photographs from the 1850s to present so they can be scanned and included in the project archive. The scanned images will then be used by students, researchers and the general public, and preserved in the city archives and on the Internet Archive.

Anything you bring in will be scanned and returned to you immediately. So if you have old menus from places like Bill’s Hamburgers, The Cliff House, favorite family recipes or photos from your childhood or family’s local history, please contribute! Scanning will take place at the Richmond branch library on:

Tuesday, June 1: 10am – 7pm
Wednesday, June 2: 1pm – 7pm
Thursday, June 3: 1pm – 4pm
Friday, June 4: 1pm – 4pm
Saturday, June 5: 10am – 4pm

A Russian translator will be available as needed and a Chinese translator will be on site at the Richmond Branch Library for the duration of the project.

Find out more about Richmond Eats at the SF Public Library website or call the Library at 355-5600. Then start digging through your closets and photo albums for items you can contribute!

Sarah B.

Burgerville, 1952. Courtesy of sfpl.org. Caption: Burgerville is going to celebrate April first in a big way. Gordon Mailloux, owner, operator, and brave man is going to giving away free hamburgers in his restaurants at 14th and Geary Blvd. On April first from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m., if he lasts that long. The occasion, he says, is the first
annual ‘Happy Hamburger Day’.

Geary Joe’s, 1964. Courtesy of sfpl.org. Caption: San Francisco businessmen should do more to spruce up their streets. Peter Zane, who runs Geary Joe’s restaurant at 18th Avenue, is talking about himself as well as others. But Zane plans to do something. He will soon install four trees in the sidewalk in front of his place, a spanking new spot. “It is not enough,” he says, ‘to let the city do it. Businessmen should realize they, too, have a responsibility. An attractive appearance inside is not enough. If a street is drab and dull, trade very easily also can be drab and dull.”

Lick Super, 1949. Courtesy of sfpl.org. Caption: Richmond District acquired a new food center today with the opening of the Lick Super Market at Seventh-av and Clement-st. There are five different stores inside, where customers may buy fruits and vegetables, delicatessen foods and liquors, poultry and fish, meats and groceries. In addition, the Super Market has facilities for parking.

6:14 pm | Posted under Food | 1 comment

Joe’s Ice Cream begins anew

After 51 years in the neighborhood, the Richmond District’s best know ice cream shop has moved to a new address. Joe’s Ice Cream recently opened for business at 5420 Geary between 18th and 19th Avenues, just a half block from their original location.

I wasn’t the only one who stopped in tonight to check out the new and improved Joe’s. I had to squeeze by a line of parents with their kids that stretched from the ice cream counter out to the sidewalk.

The new Joe’s still has a separate ice cream area and “Joe’s Grill” counter just across the room where you can enjoy hot dogs, sandwiches, a slice of pie, and of course, milkshakes.

Thanks to the reuse of many artifacts from the original Joe’s, the new space retains a lot of the charm of the original location. You’ll find the same peghole menu up behind the ice cream counter, the decades old neon signs in the window, and a hodge podge of chairs at the inside tables.

And for those of you that enjoyed watching life go by from Joe’s windows while you ate, you can do the same in their new location. All under a charming black and white striped awning.

Still no word on what will take over Joe’s old space, whose windows are now covered over with brown paper.

Congratulations to Joe’s Ice Cream on their re-opening! With their new location and large crowds, I think it’s safe to say they’ll be serving their homemade ice cream to many more generations of San Franciscans.

Sarah B.

The ice cream counter which is on the right when you enter

Joe’s Grill, with its original sign overhead, sits across from the ice cream area

A view from the back of Joe’s

The original menu board is still there!

7:22 pm | Posted under Food | 8 comments

Penny pinching at New May Wah Market (video)

From the Sushi Taste on a Ramen Budget blog comes a short video of former college student Jeff Bautista talking about why he chooses to shop (and save) at New May Way Market (707-719 Clement Street).

Forget the budgeting advice in the video. Check out Jeff’s adorable dimples…

Sarah B.

8:36 pm | Posted under Food, Shopping | 7 comments

Vietnamese restaurant Quan Bac delights the Examiner

Last week, SF Examiner food critic Patricia Unterman gave high marks to Quan Bac, a Vietnamese restaurant located at
4112 Geary Boulevard between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Quan Bac was opened by by owner and head chef, Sarah Le, who has other small pho spots in the city. But Unterman says Quan Bac is Le’s “defining moment as a businesswoman and a chef.”

She devotes the first two paragraphs just to describing Le’s Vietnamese chicken salad, which she calls “one of the culinary masterpieces of San Francisco.”

Imagine a multicolored haystack mounded high on a white plate, the pale green of slivered cabbage, the orange of carrots, the pink of red onion, the beige of grilled chicken, interwoven with dark-green threads of kaffir lime leaf, cilantro and basil.

Unterman also praises Quan Bac’s lotus-root and jellyfish salad and says that the restaurant’s food is as authentic as any she has eaten on the “low plastic stools on the sidewalks of Hanoi.”

One of Quan Bac’s pork dishes got Unterman very excited:

Le’s Bun Cha Ha Noi ($8.95)… This bowl of juicy little charcoal-grilled pork patties, so moist and fragrant, and thin slices of charcoal-grilled pork chop comes with the same setup as the crepe, but with cold, rice vermicelli topped with chopped peanuts.

The pork, hot off the grill, is splashed with dipping sauce, which migrates to the bottom of the bowl and picks up the meat juices. Be sure to spoon this rich sauce into your lettuce rolls.

Read the full review at sfexaminer.com

Quan Bac is open daily from 10:30am to 10pm with dish prices ranging from $6.95 to $14.95. Unterman’s top recommendations: Pho ga, cha gio, Vietnamese crepe, chicken salad, lotus-root salad, fish cake, Vietnamese barbecue chicken.

Have you tried Quan Bac? Leave your review in the comments.

Sarah B.

10:15 am | Posted under Food | Comments Off

A restaurant name inspired by the Governator?

I can’t help but think of Arnold when I pass by “Cali Pho Nia” at Clement and 11th Avenue. ;)

Sarah B.

11:27 am | Posted under Food, Photos | 4 comments

New eatery on Geary & 15th: Lou’s Cafe

After a couple of people had recommended I try their sandwiches, I headed to Lou’s Cafe at 5017 Geary (near 15th) today to try it for myself. Lou’s Cafe opened its doors a few weeks ago after nearly a year of readying the former hair salon for the cafe.

Lou’s Cafe is run by the Brodeth family. Mom Ramana worked in catering at Andronico’s Deli for 19 years and runs the cafe together with her sons, TJ and Mark.

The menu has a nice variety of salads, soups, sandwiches (with Boar’s Heads meats) and espresso drinks featuring Illy brand coffee. I haven’t tried it yet but their hot chocolate uses Ghirardelli…mmm.

I had the turkey cranberry which came on toasted bread with a special homemade, pesto aioli sauce. With chips and a bottled water my total came to just under $10. The cafe also has a sandwich club – get 9 stamps on your card and the 10th sandwich is on the house.

Lou’s also offers free WiFi for customers and there is some seating on the sidewalk. Their website at louscafesf.com is not up yet, but TJ tells me it should be live in a few days. In the meantime, you can check out their sample menu below.

Welcome to the neighborhood Lou’s!

Sarah B.

3:36 pm | Posted under Business, Food | 7 comments