From Eater SF: “As previously suspected, the beloved sandwich makers of Pal’s Take Away are really moving out of Tony’s Market, and it’s happening “sometime after January 2013.” Owner Jeff Mason wants a new Mission location with a full kitchen: for better sandwiches, more tables, and expanded hours. Check out the Kickstarter video with cameos from Josey Baker, Richie Nakano, and Roli Roti’s Thomas Odermatt. [EaterWire]
Story via Pal’s Take Away Moving – Eater SF.”
We encountered Pal’s Take away about three years ago in 2009 (rumor had it that amazing sandwiches were being served at lunchtime from the counter of the deli in Tony’s Market, a nondescript corner market in the Mission. Rumors proved to be true!) For a while we were obsessed in particular with the Wednesday tradition started at Pals, a rotating guest chef would create a special sandwich, available only on that day. From Jake Godby of Humphry Slocombe to Danny Bowein of Mission Chinese Food, Pal’s had guest chefs that pulled from the best of the San Francsico food theme, creating fantasy sandwiches. Indeed, there was a lot of great fun happening at this surprisingly little place, and we have had a lot of amazing food there. We here at MUS e YUM wish the owner Jeff Mason well on his new venture and look forward to following his food!!
Here’s what Jeff has to say about his food:
“The idea for Pal’s started A couple of years ago,when I thought that it would be a great idea to open a small take out sandwich counter that serves clean, great tasting new twists on old favorites at a reasonable price using all fresh,organic local ingredients from my grower friends and neighborhood backyard gardens.”
Pal’s Take away
2751 24th Street (( at the corner of Hampshire ))
San Francisco, CA
(Pals is inside Tony’s Market)
medley of cheese, seasonal fruit and almond butter, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.
I’ve been wanting to try this place since it opened, by all accounts an exquisite fixed price brunch in the Mission. Sister restaurant to one of my neighborhood favorites, Local Mission Eatery, Local’s Corner is a relatively new restaurant that has very quickly developed her own following. The restaurant is located off the 24th Street beaten path (on Bryant) and as such has a relaxed and quiet vibe, more home kitchen than restaurant. Warmth is reflected back in bright morning sun, in the decor, and in a genuinely friendly waitstaff. A sunny August day, conditions were ideal for this leisurely Sunday brunch. I was there with a dear friend, a nationally-renowned interior designer who also happens to be a fellow foodie, home gardener, and home cook. As a designer, he has a high taste-level and is equally blunt with his criticisms. Read on to see the brunch in pictures, with our reactions:
Perhaps the most controversial dish, it was salty. Too salty for my friend. Pushing it for me. The marriage of ingredients in the hash was amazing, a subtle grilled flavor balancing the savoury and sweetness of the corn nicely for me. Still, we both marveled over the egg. I had read about sous vide eggs like this one but this was my first time eating one. The texture, evenly smooth and creamy from eggwhite through to the yolk, was like a fine custard. Sublime. We took the opportunity to chat to our server about it, and we got a wealth of information about the sous vide process, learning the chicken for the hash was prepared by that method as well. I’d love to try it at home, but one does need specialized equipment to do it, and I’d be eating dozens of eggs a week, which couldn’t be a good thing. In the meantime, I’ll know to come to Local’s Corner for the perfect egg, toast and more.
2500 Bryant St. (at 23rd Street)
Pre-opening at Craftsman and Wolves, on Valencia in the Mission. San Francisco.
Easily one of the most anticipated bakery openings of the year, Craftsman and Wolves opened it’s doors prior to launching to give the neighborhood just a taste. Rather than buying, you could reach in a fish bowl and draw the name of a pastry, which you got as a free sample. I drew a cocoa + carrot muffin, and it was good. Incredibly moist (almost wet) and incredibly rich.
The richness matches the space, a concrete and wood industrial fantasy. The owner has a pedigree, previously of Telltale Preserves. Telltale was amazing and this should be equally so. More to come!
Craftsman and Wolves
746 Valencia St
(between 19th St & 18th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
La Victoria, a set on Flickr.
La Victoria is a great bakery in a neighborhood full of bakeries. Located in the Mission, San Francisco, La Victoria takes inspiration from mexican-style pastries but the chef has distinguished himself from the rest by choosing organic ingredients and also, by creating some new items you won’t find in the average Mission panaderia.
Not only that, La Victoria has broadened the concept of the bakery by hosting special dinner events throughout the week, “Pop ups“. The Pop Up is an experience that has become popular in San Francisco over the past four years, in that a chef with a food concept can try the idea out in an established kitchen and dining space that otherwise wouldn’t be in use. It’s an easy and low cost way to get feedback from the public about one’s food. At La Victoria, the pop up calendar is as follows: Wednesday you’ll find Jewish Soul Food. Fridays, Cajun. Sundays, a very special Sunday Supper, new-style Mexican, the traditional cuisine, but stretched…
Brunch Drunk Love, God Love You.
You might have heard of the chef, Ryan Scott. Yes, he was on Top Chef and yes, he’s hot. He also seems to be part of whatever happens to be the current trend in San Francisco. Take his 4505 Meats for instance, a business that has eschewed brick and mortar in favor of a presence at farmer’s markets. If you’re trending Paleo these days, especially burger-Paleo, this one is all for you. Following another emerging trend, the food truck scene exploded here in San Francisco and Scott was quick to dive in there, too. In fact, he operates one of my still-favorites, the 3-SUM truck. In fact, I was there on their first night of business and the sandwich I had that night remains one of my all time favorites. (read more about that here..) And the latest trend? The pop-up restaurant. Rolled out for only one day, pop-ups are high concept and quite focused to a particular kind of food. Essentially a chef borrows an existing space to try out a new concept, bearing minimal overhead. There will be queues but hey, we do like to be au currant here in the Mission. So Ryan opened Brunch Drunk Love, and it operates Sundays inside Bruno’s Restaurant on Mission Street. The crowd, uber-hipster, is hungover and kind of loud.
Everything on the menu looks great because it’s all decadent, and rich. A meal here is an indulgence. I believe every item on the menu had some form of alcohol, somewhere in the ingredients. I offer you, the Sticky Icky, a Bourbon-salted-caramel-mixed nuts roll of icky yum yum:
Yes there (eventually) was a protein… The sandwich arrives with some ‘throwaway’ greens on the side. The greens are an afterthought, overshadowed as they are by the gargantuan sandwich called, the Little Piggy. It’s a commitment to get through this one, folks.
I went with the boys for this brunch outing and “as you do” when the yummy restaurant-cum-pop-up is owned by a cute celebrity, we joked about Ryan coming-out (from the kitchen) to visit us. The waitress must have heard that because, sure enough, he did come out (from the kitchen). He was cordial and polished, almost flirty, and completely straight-in-the-quintessentially-Mission-way…..very ‘at ease’ around gay guys, and enjoyed that we were there among all the other Mission hipsters and enjoying his food.
We liked the food a lot but we also hit the gym afterwards. For a really long time.
Brunch Drunk Love
2389 Mission Street (@ Bruno’s)
San Francisco, CA 94110
T (415) 648-6800
We San Franciscans do love our farmer’s markets so how could we not love having a new one . . . best of all not too far from MUS•e•YUM HQ! There is sort of a catch to this one, though, and we don’t know that there’s another market out there quite like it. So, straight from the “only in San Francisco” files . . . (but you have to love how integrated our little society is;-) comes this little story out of Eater SF. . . check out the size of those melons!!!
2760 24th St
(between Hampshire St & York St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
I first met Remi at Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar, home of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in San Francisco. (Evidence here. and here.) Frankly, Remi had me at the chocolate chip cookie but upon ordering that, she offered me a sample of a product in development: the cocoa nib wafer. This thing blew me away, chocolate made savory. Earthy. Magic. Combining notes of chocolate (without the sweetness), and oil-cured olives, Remi had just taken me to a new place! And how great would this be with a strong cheese and a bold Italian red?! What followed was a conversation about food that only happens between folks that are in love with it. . . wine pairings for cookies, cheese pairings for fruit (and prosciutto), favorite producers at local farmer’s markets. I was hooked.
On a subsequent visit, Remi offered me a sample of a “bun-in-development”. She’d been offering featured sandwiches at Goody Goodie made with bounty from the day’s farmer’s markets (example here) and now had some tantalizing information for me- she’d finalized plans to open a restaurant. Not surprisingly this would be the place she’d been wanting to open for a long time, a full-service restaurant that would afford her the space and tools to showcase her unique talent, her ability to bridge pastry and savory (and, a place with seating!) Owing to the relationship Goody Goodie has with scooter-loving Blue Bottle coffee-making Vega next door on Folsom, the two entrepreneurs envisioned a palate-pushing Roman-styled industrial-chic café and the name would be Starstream.
Yesterday I had a great lunch there with my gorgeous friend, one who happens to be a foodie of the first order! Between us we (naturally) tried a little of everything, from a great citrus salad, to the ‘squashed’ pizza Schiacciata to a flight of sandwich sliders and the famous cookies. The salad: greens dressed in a light citrus vinaigrette with pieces of citrus fruit and notes of fennel, was served on the aforementioned cocoa nib wafer. My pal was blown away by the combination of flavor profiles, from earthy to bright, which really worked. This salad was one of the highlights of the meal, for sure.
The pizza: thin and light, the house-made crust is stuffed not with tomato but rather Bellweather Crescenza cheese, arugula & Prosciutto de San Daniel. The flavor is at once bold and light. The sandwiches themselves were wee works of art, each unique in terms of shape and bread kind and style. These included a mortadella with fried quail egg, an egg salad on focaccia (the standout) and the Robiola Di Langa– creamy cheese made from goat, sheep & cow’s milk, micro greens & Fuji apples.
The styling details of the meal are part of the fun, right down to the fried quail egg and mini pickle stabbed on top of the mortadella slider. The sandwiches came with an assortment of pickled vegetables that were a gorgeous array of pinks, arty in their presentation and tangy delicious. The lemonade was special, too, made with honey and infused herbs, not overly sweet. (Teaser, Remi told us she’s working on a line of different lemonade concepts for next year, so stay tuned! I thought this was an awesome idea since one of my favorite beverages to make at home is rosemary-infused lemonade, using herbs cut from the garden. Here’s the recipe in case you want to try it, too: Recipe link here.)
The meal ended with Goody Goodie cookies, all of which are available at Starstream as well as the G.G. Folsom location.
From the pastry side, I’ve previously sampled not only the cookies but also the brioche bomb (cinnamon, sugar and orange in a brioche bun) and a spice cake with citrus glaze. Next up, I plan to try the famous Belgian Waffle.
The space itself reflects the materials of the neighborhood, industrial concrete and metal, but somehow it does not seem cold or austere here. The lines are clean and the space is chic. There’s ample seating inside but on a nice day, grab a table on the east-facing sidewalk to capitalize on that morning light while you enjoy your coffee.
Looking ahead, I know Remi has some new menu ideas planned not only for the morning coffee and pastry crowd but also for the lunch-time crowd so do expect more great things to come at Starstream and if you’re lucky, you’ll be one of the first to get a sample, too;-)
San Francisco, CA 94103
- Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 4 pm
Links to articles in the Press:
sf eater reporting that Mission darling Tartine is opening a bread shop at 563 valencia, early next year. Like Pinkie’s is to Citizen’s Band, Knead to Local Mission and Goody Goodie to Starstream, the Tartine bread shop will follow a model that’s worked for other new bakeries this year: in addition to serving the sidewalk traffic from the store front, the bakery will additionally provide the bread served in the partner restaurant nearby, Bar Tartine.