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Secret sushi spot?

In today’s Chronicle, columnist C.W. Nevius leaves us hanging with a less than complete description about a “sensational sushi place out in the Richmond that has devoted customers waiting outside the door for as long as an hour.”

A couple of caveats: incredibly small; a strict list of rules ranging from “No complaining” to “No fork, no Coke”; and not open on weekends.

One more thing – I can’t give you the name. First, because it doesn’t appear to have a name on the front. And second, when I asked if I could mention them in The Chronicle, I was given an emphatic one-word answer – “No!”

So, RichmondSFBlog readers, where is this sensational, secret spot?

Sarah B.

P.S. I really don’t know – I’m asking you guys! Someone emailed me with this: “I *think* he’s talking about the place on Balboa btwn 6th and 7th.” Could this be the place?

P.P.S. – It is indeed Tekka at 537 Balboa. SFAppeal has a good shot of the rules sign in the window. Gotta wonder what that third rule is that has tape over it…

9:52 am | Posted under Food | 12 comments

A bite of this, a sip of that

In food news this week, EaterSF reports that the popular (but hard to get to) Market street Waffle Mania kiosk may be finding a second home in Golden Gate Park. It’s unknown when exactly they’ll open but they told EaterSF that their truck will be “near the museums.”

I popped in Toy Boat Cafe at 5th and Clement tonight for a summer solstice ice cream; the place was packed. They had signs up advertising $1 Mondays. Get a small coffee, single espresso or tea for just $1 – all day and night on Mondays.

Bon apetit,

Sarah B.

10:04 pm | Posted under Food | 2 comments

Enjoy some of the city’s best food at a “100 Best Things” party, June 26

On June 26th, Richmond District resident Scott Weitze will host another “Best of Eating and Drinking in SF Dinner Party”. The objective of Scott’s dinner parties is to get together with friends and try the foods listed on 7×7 Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Things to Eat and Drink in San Francisco.

The party will include the following delicacies from the list:

Korean Tacos – Namu
Tuna Tostada – Tacolicious
Fried Green Beans – COCO500
Crab and Delicate Noodles – The Slanted Door
Porchetta Sandwich – RoliRoti
Roast Chicken and Bread Salad – Zuni
Popovers with Strawberry Butter – The Rotunda
Secret Breakfast – Humphrey Slocombe

The June 26th party will take place at Scott’s large apartment at Geary and 17th Avenue, and like every 100 Best Things party, it’s always open to new friends. So if you’re into food or just want to meet some new people, come on by.

The cost per person is $26.50 and Scott assures me that “everyone has been very well fed at our events”. He also asks guests to bring an inexpensive bottle of wine or beer that they enjoy to share with the group ($12 or less).

To attend, RSVP on the event’s Facebook page and then purchase a ticket through Eventbrite. RSVPs and tickets must be purchased no later than Thursday, June 24th at 6pm. You’ll get the exact address for the party, near 17th & Geary, after signing up.

Proceeds from the event are being donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through sponsorship of a “Best of 100 Things Party” friend, Chris Li, who has committed to racing in the Team in Training Triathlon.

Good food, good people, and a good cause. I can drink to that. ;)

Sarah B.

6:30 am | Posted under Events, Food | Comments Off

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