Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

Wo Hing signage unveiled

October 14th, 2011

Wo Hing

Plywood at Wo Hing on Valencia and 17th came down this week, unveiling the new sign. Contrary to what the signage indicates, this is a restaurant, not a “general store.” Which is fortunate, since there’s so few restaurants in the Mission and so many general stores.

House 530 opening soon

September 25th, 2011

House Thai

The perpetually vacant spot on Valencia between Blondie’s and Limon finally removed their plywood to reveal… yet another Thai restaurant! If at this point you’re wondering whether there’s more Thai restaurants or Thai people in San Francisco, I think it’s safe to bet on the restaurants.

As Grub Street reported several months ago, this spot was previously a punk venue with a strange history.

Puerto Confuso

August 26th, 2011


This ad for Puerto Alegre in the SF Weekly has me very, very confused.

Here’s why:

  • What does the “and” mean? Can they sell me just a pitcher, or just a margarita without anything to pour it into? Or is the pitcher collectable and included in the price?
  • Why “by the glass”? What is that referring to? How can it be both in a pitcher and by the glass at the same time?
  • Besides, isn’t $20 the normal, non Happy Hour price?

16th and Guerrero restaurant update

July 30th, 2011

Two empty restaurant spaces are about to get less empty. Today a new sign went up at the former Bangkok 16 space for Krua Thai:

Krua Thai

And further down the street at the former Il Cantuccio space is an alcohol permit for (what else?) a new Italian pizza joint called Mozzeria:


Maharaja to become Taj Express

July 19th, 2011


The defunct Maharaja on Valencia at 16th now has a liquor license on the window for a new Indian eatery to be called Taj Express.

We can only hope this will be a step up from the previous tenant, notorious for empty seats, bland food and poor service. With only Pakwan in the immediate area, a second good (or even decent) Indian joint would be a welcome sight.

Sharpie owners upset about closing of Hong Kong Express Cafe

June 13th, 2011

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Hong Kong Express Cafe, also known as the absurdly cheap restaurant filled with hobos and pigeons, finally closed its doors to make room for Southpaw BBQ.

However, not everyone is pleased with this change, as indicated with the above photos of protests from Sharpie owners. And while it’s easy to discount their protests as the price of a Sharpie is greater than the cost of a plate of food at Hong Kong Express, it’s true that the number of affordable dining options around 16th and Mission has decreased dramatically in recent years.

Venga Empanadas

May 26th, 2011

Venga Venga Emanadas Plan

A new empanadas joint is opening soon on Valencia. Well that’s not entirely true; it’s not really new. See, Venga Empanadas didn’t have a place to call home until now. The Valencia location will be their first real storefront.

The location may prove fiercely competitive. Many other places nearby are selling empanadas: the well-established Chile Lindo on 16th, and Pica Pica is only steps away on 15th and Valencia.

Bangkok 16 is closed

May 19th, 2011

Bangkok 16

First Ti Couz, now Bangkok 16? This stretch of 16th is starting to look a bit sparse.

Hopefully someone new will open up in this space to provide late-night snacks for thirsty Elixir patrons.

Bombay Bazar and Ice Cream is back!

May 1st, 2011

Bombay Bazar and Ice Cream

According to this flyer, plastered all over the 16th and Valencia area today, Bombay Bazar and Ice Cream has moved to a new location and is once again selling Indian foods, items, and their crazy (but delicious) ice cream flavors.

The address listed, 245 South Van Ness, is the home of Lost Art Salon according to Google Maps and Yelp. (No word online about Lost Art’s closure/relocation.)

Say bye to plywood

April 13th, 2011

And say hello to the new exterior for Locanda, which for some reason still has a sign for Ramblas.


The opening date was pushed back to March, but clearly that didn’t happen. Anyway, us pedestrians are sure to be thankful that the plywood is gone.