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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

April a Busy Month for Quirky Food Launches, Restaurant and Otherwise

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Indian taco truck Curry Up Now debuted downtown. - JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall
  • Indian taco truck Curry Up Now debuted downtown.
Muni fare cops are rushing the streetcars ― it's a new month, as good a time as any to relive the changes wrought on the city's dining scene in April. Here in S.F., April was anything but cruel. Like sour grass invading a south-facing Potrero yard, new eateries proliferated. Just as we've come to expect, most skewed quirky, inexpensive, or casual. Behold the highlights of the month that started with one chef's homage to pirates, to an international glamour queen's latest vegan fast-food outpost:

Lafitte, Pier 5 (at the Embarcadero): Self-described "dissident chef" Russell Jackson ― um, rumored to have spent four years working underground ― launched his very personal tribute to culinary revolution on the Embarcadero

Mijita and Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park (at King and Fourth Streets): Traci Des Jardins got her double-in-the-bubble ballpark eateries open in what felt like record time, jut in time for the first pitch of the home season.

Curry Up Now, parks at 225 Bush (at Sansome): Rana and Akash Kapoor's mobile source of Indian tacos and burritos made its FiDi debut

Bernal Cutlery's Josh Donald was one of six vendors who set up at 331 Cortland. - KELLY KOZAK
  • Kelly Kozak
  • Bernal Cutlery's Josh Donald was one of six vendors who set up at 331 Cortland.
Parada 22, 1805 Haight (at Shrader): Puerto Rican-inspired dishes close enough to Cha Cha Cha to seem like throwdown.

Town Hall BBQ, in the plaza behind 342 Howard (at Fremont): The Town Hall kitchen once again fired up the grill for al fresco weekday versions of its St Louis ribs, fried chicken sandwich, and other takeaway lunches.

Tacobar, 2401 California (at Fillmore): Mexico City native Jack Schwartz left Oakland's La Calaca Loca to do offer a similar take on tacos and burritos with thoughtfully sourced proteins in Pac Heights.

331 Cortland Marketplace, 331 Cortland (at Bennington): Six vendors opened kiosks in this Bernal mini-arcade inspired by the Ferry Building.

Terra Bakery and Café, 401 Gough (at Hayes): Philip Roland rolled down the metal door at Roland's Bagels in Lower Haight, only to roll up into Hayes Valley, with his excellent bagels and bialys. This time, he's in the middle of a three-squares-a-day café.

Loving Hut, Food Court, San Francisco Centre, 865 Market (at Fifth St.): The aura of fashion designer and Buddhist meditation teacher Supreme Master Ching Hai presides over this mall quick-serve, which features vegan phớ, tofu sandwiches, and steam-table stir-fries.

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