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New Northside happenings and beefy deals to get you across town

Jerry Dal Bozzo, the successful restaurateur behind the Stinking Rose (San Francisco and Beverly Hills), Calzone’s, Bobo’s, the Crab House, the Franciscan, and the Dead Fish, has added two more Bay Area locations to his empire: Dal Bozzo and his partners will open Salito’s, a 250-seat crab and prime rib restaurant in the Paradise Bay space on the Sausalito waterfront (formerly Zack’s and Margaritaville, 1200 Bridgeway) and they have also taken over The Old Clam House (299 Bayshore Boulevard), where they expect renovations to be completed by April.

Now open on Fillmore Street is Jane (2123 Fillmore Street, 415-931-5263), a cafe bringing a taste of Mission coffee to the neighborhood. You can get a variety of Four Barrel Coffee drinks off the La Marzocco FB/80, along with tea from Five Mountains, and house-baked goods made daily. I spoke with owner Amanda Michael who said her baking style is American and homey, so you can find cookies, brownies, and other treats as well (plus Straus soft-serve ice cream in chocolate and vanilla). The lunch menu will launch soon, with simple soup, salads and sandwiches made with quality ingredients (local and organic when possible).

There are 32 seats, including a mezzanine with room for 12 and bar seating for 10. The cheerful cafe look was designed by Ken Fulk and includes tufted black banquette seating, aluminum Navy chairs with salmon-pink cushions, and the unexpected addition of some taxidermy: a yak’s head, to be exact (I kind of love it). There’s also Wi-Fi available – they are going to see how it goes and hope they won’t have to enforce time limits. There’s also the discussion of eventually adding evening hours (with the same all-day menu), but for now, hours are Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Just down the street, the new tenant moving into the Tango Gelato space at 2015 Fillmore Street will be a quick, casual Vietnamese sandwich eatery due to open this month The owner wants to hold on revealing any more info at this time, so stand by. Bring on the banh mi.

Fans of Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop in the Mission will be happy to see a new location has opened in the Marina at 1926 Lombard Street.

A chef departure at Globe (290 Pacific Avenue, 415-391-4132): chef Jason Tallent has left and is moving with his wife and two-year-old twins to Austin. Tex. He had quite a legacy at Globe, having been there since 1999. He said it’s just too expensive to raise a family here, and he’d also like to have his own place, which would likely be more affordable in Austin. Tallent’s replacement has yet to be announced.

Over in North Beach, Rose Pistola (532 Columbus Ave, 415-399-0499) has reopened, with an updated interior by original architect Cass Calder Smith and a reworked menu by new executive chef Mark Gordon (Terzo, Rose’s Café); Pablo Estrada remains in his position as chef de cuisine – he has been in the kitchen since Rose Pistola opened in 1996. New items include an expanded sandwich menu at lunch and a daily baked pasta at lunch and dinner. New manager Lisa Robins (formerly Rubicon and Marché) will collaborate on the wine list with Mark Gordon.

Another old-timer: Armani Café in Union Square at Emporio Armani has closed. According to a post on, “The store is being remodeled; when it reopens, the restaurant will be gone.” I have good memories of caffeinating and lunching there when I worked at 77 Maiden Lane back in my advertising days. Meow.

Now, here are three beefy deals in SoMa you might want to scoot across town for: go to the bar-lounge at Fifth Floor (12 Fourth Street, 415-348-1555), and you can get a burger, a shot of Buffalo Trace bourbon, and a Lagunitas IPA for $25. The burger is served with Comté cheese, bourbon-braised onions, and a spread that’s made of tomato syrup and aioli. This particular combo will be available Monday–Saturday from 5 p.m.–10 p.m. until the end of March, when the pairing will change.

Over at RN74 (301 Mission Street, 415-543-7474), you can now order their burger, a “zero-proof cocktail,” and cookies to go for $20 during the week for lunch. Served in the bar and lounge Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

I’m a big fan of prime rib, so I was happy to hear about the new Prime Rib Night now underway at Alexander’s Steakhouse (448 Brannan Street, 415-495-1111) on Sunday nights. You can enjoy a prime rib dinner for $35, which includes a side dish and a signature hamachi shooter. Bring on the horseradish. 

Marcia Gagliardi also writes a popular weekly e-column about the S.F. dining scene; subscribe for free at, where you can also find her first book.
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