BagelMacher Pops Up on Mission, Making Sundays Bagelicious

Sunday mornings mean fresh, house-made bagels from PizzaHacker founder Jeff Krupman. Photo courtesy of BagelMacher.

It’s been a few weeks since BagelMacher began serving fresh-made bagels on Sunday mornings on Bernal’s stretch of MIssion Street, but already the pop-up brunch spot has generated a lot of love in the neighborhood.

A project of Jeff Krupman, the mad genius who founded Pizza Hacker at 3299 Mission (at 29th), Bagel Macher transforms the PizzaHacker space into a bagel bakery on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 1 pm. The menu is simple — a limited supply of house-made bagels, a few toppings, a few special bagel sandwich options, coffee, and mimosas.

Neighbor Jasmine visited Bagel Macher last weekend, and she liked it so much she wrote to Bernalwood to share the love:

I’m kinda nervous to share this for fear of my family’s new secret bagel obsession going big enough to attract long lines on a lazy Sunday morning. But during a casual scouting mission this past Sunday, founder Jeff Krupman charmed me into visiting Bagel Macher.

I’m glad he did, because his Raisin Ras el Hanout bagel is too special not to cheer for. It’s a raisin bagel with a North African dusted spice mixture and sesame seeds that turned my raisin-avoidant husband, into an instant convert. Our baby loved it too!

BagelMacher is a concept to make use of the ovens at PizzaHacker. For now, the popup is open Sundays, with limited quantities of everything. (Good to get there on the early side, because things do sell out).  Bagels are available in sesame, poppy (the most poppies I’ve ever seen on a bagel¬—they were black!), smoked salt, sesame zataar and that unusual and inspired raisin variety. Expect most of the usual toppings, plus coffee from The Coffee Shop down the street, and juice and mimosas.

We used to live in New York city, so we’re on a constant hunt for really good bagels out here on the West Coast. The ones from BagelMacher are boiled in lye water and naturally leavened, creating a super crunch leading to an ultra-chewy inside. Our small family made our way through four in a day. So good.

Here’s the menu:

Hillside Supper Club Shares Straight Talk on Restaurant Business

Hillside Supper Club chefs and Bernal neighbors Tony Ferrari (left) and Jonathon Sutton.

Bernal Neighbor Tony Ferrari is chef and co-owner of the Hillside Supper Club restaurant at 300 Precita, in the southwest corner of Precita Park. Yesterday he sent a note to Bernalwood that’s both a candid perspective on the challenge of operating a restaurant in San Francisco right now and a neighborly invitation to stop by for a bite.

Chef Tony writes:

To: Our community, neighbors, and friends,

We want to be open and honest with you all, and always one hundred percent transparent. The last five years has been nothing but a great experience, creating relationships, nourishing our community, giving back if and when possible and the best thing of all: Cooking fair, honest, clean food with a purpose for all of you. Every year learning more, giving opportunity, adapting to change and suggestions, and doing our very best every day.

This year, however, things have felt a bit different. We’ve noticed a huge decrease in business, rising costs and living expenses, and the neighborhood becoming more transient for better or for worse. We feel we have tried everything we can with menu changes, pricing, marketing avenues, delivery apps, and community involvement, and we’re still left with too many seats empty at our tables and so much effort put into welcoming you.

The reality of it is, if things stay this way we are looking at a matter of weeks until we have to close and sell our gathering place, give ourselves a pat on the back for how far we come, and end this chapter in our lives. In hopes our legacy will continue and the next establishment embrace the community and do it better then we. The entire Hillside team would humbly like to ask all of you who are able to come share a meal with us to come in for a visit sooner then later. The staff, food, and space are incomplete without your enjoyment.

Some attractions:

  • We’re doing a Sunday Supper 40 bucks for a 3 course meal (That’s about 13 bucks a plate. Killer deal)
  • Mondays are no corkage (BYOB beer or wine for free).
  • Fridays and Saturdays after 10pm all appetizers and glasses of wine are 10 bucks.

It’s an interesting time for the restaurant industry, as things are changing ever-so rapidly. Not to mention trying to stay afloat on sixteen bucks an hour in our amazing city.

We know we are not alone in this struggle, and hope we can all come together to figure out a common solution that benefits everyone. Money comes and money goes, but it’ll always be there for the people that work hard for it. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.

We hope to see you all soon. Thanks.

Your Neighborhood Restaurant

As Fifth Anniversary Approaches, Hillside Supper Club Announces New Specials

Hillside Supper Club chefs Tony Ferrari (left) and Jonathon Sutton.

Oh, how the time flies! The lovely and delicious Hillside Supper Club at 300 Precita (at the southwest corner of Precita Park) is approaching its fifth anniversary. With that, Team Hillside is unveiling a new set of weekly specials and events.

Hillside Supper Club chef, co-owner, and Bernal resident Tony Ferrari tells Bernalwood:

Happy New Year! With the new year comes some fun changes at Hillside Supper Club. We’ve decided to do some things to even make it more of a tight neighborhood gathering place.

Our producer/collaboration dinners have been going really well, and we will continue to do them on the first Wednesday of each month rather then the third, these dinners will start back up in March.

Some other fun additions we are adding: On Monday nights we’re waiving all corkage fees on beer and wine that guests bring in. On Friday and Saturday nights from 10-11pm, all wines by the glass as well as all appetizers will be 10 bucks. On Sunday nights, in addition to the menu we will have an option to choose 3 courses (app, entree, dessert) for 40 dollars.

We will celebrate our 5 year anniversary on Monday January 22nd with a 4 course set menu, in the theme of 40’s 50’s jazz supper club, with live music.  We encourage all guests to come dressed as we would of in that time period. An after party will follow.

For all the years of success and support from our community, and to give a token of appreciation, will implement these changes starting this Friday, Jan. 5.

We look forward to another great year at Hillside Supper Club and again want to thank everyone who supports who we are while allowsingus to do what we love most — nourish our community with great food and wine!

Old Devil Moon Launches Weekend Brunch Service

Old Devil Moon is already known for the tasty Cajun food and cocktails they serve nightly at 3472 Mission Street, near the intersection with Cortland. Now co-owner Chris Cohen tells Bernalwood that ODM will also open early on weekends for brunch, starting this Saturday:

We’re excited to announce we’re launching Saturday and Sunday brunch at Old Devil Moon beginning this coming weekend, Dec 9th and 10th!

We’re calling it Black Magic Brunch, and so far the reactions to the dishes and drinks during our word-of-mouth soft opening test run have been overwhelmingly positive.

We can’t wait to have the public come check it out. We’re also stoked to be opening at 11AM on Saturday and Sunday from now on (rather than 5PM), so we can serve hungry and thirsty patrons all day long.

Naturally, ODM’s brunch menu leans heavily on hearty favorites such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken and biscuits, huevos rancheros, and loco moco. There’s also a tasty selection of breackfast cocktails as well. Check out the complete bunch menu right here.

PHOTO: Inside Old Devil Moon, courtesy of Old Devil Moon

Precita Park Pizzeria Plan Comes to an End

3214 Folsom, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (Photo by Telstar Logistics)

Alas, it’s not happening.

Back in 2015, Bernal Neighbor Eliza Laffin announced plans to open a pizza shop called Red Apron Pizza at the corner of Folsom and Bessie, at the western end of Precita Park.

She knew that opening the shop would be tough. Still, it had been a lifelong dream to open her own pizzeria, so Neighbor Eliza was determined to renovate the space at 3214 Folsom and navigate San Francisco’s labyrinthine permitting process. To symbolize all that, she papered the windows of the storefront with handmade graphics that said, “It Will Happen.”

Yet it wasn’t to be. The renovation effort soon bogged down in negotiations with the property owner about who was responsible for various structural improvements, water damage abatement, and sewage system repairs, with the result that work on Red Apron Pizza was suspended for more than a year.

The “It Will Happen” signs have now been taken down from the windows of 3214 Folsom, and over the weekend Neighbor Eliza shared this update with the Bernal community:

On September 18, 2017, I made a very difficult decision to terminate the lease for Red Apron Pizzeria at 3214 Folsom Street.

We were headed for trial a week prior, but the judge directed us to a mandatory settlement conference. We spent two days in the settlement conference negotiating before agreeing to the terms of our arrangement.

I agonized over this decision.

My heart was set on what was the perfect place for my pizzeria. The bad news is I’ve lost that spot, and it means starting all over again. The good news is that we avoided going to trial.

The even better good news is that the relationship between the landlords and me is over. They did not comprehend what turned out to be myriad hidden issues with their building, which has three residential units in addition to the storefront. […]

My restaurant – while currently a figment of my imagination – remains the same, as Red Apron Pizzeria.

In the meantime, I had a major foot surgery two weeks ago. After recovering from that, I hope to find a leasable restaurant space in my ‘hood.

The sign in the front window is gone. I feel like I let my neighborhood down.. I’m sorry. But please continue to hope. You never know when opportunity comes knocking on the door.

With mixed feelings and perpetual pizza dreams,

Eliza

Eat! Drink! Celebrate! It’s Old Devil Moon’s First Anniversary

This week, the fabulous Old Devil Moon at 3472 Mission (near Cortland) will celebrate its first anniversary. Hooray!  Congrats!

The big first-anniversary bash happens this Saturday, Sept. 23, but Old Devil Moon has a series of events lined up for this week. Co-owner Chris Cohen wants to tell you all about them:

Old Devil Moon is one year-old, and we want to invite our Bernal neighbors  to join the celebration.  We couldn’t do what we do without your support.

We’re having a anniversary event on Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon to 2AM featuring an insane list of rare and special beer. We’re also releasing permanent updated food and cocktail menus to ring in year two.

ODM is rolling out an updated food menu. We’re retaining established hits such as the Fried Gulf Shrimp, Oyster Rockefeller, Fried Chicken, and Roast Beef Po Boys. New dishes include: Fried Pickle Spears made with Paulie’s Pickling ODM pickles; a Louisiana Hot Link Po Boy; a BBQ Beef Sando; a super juicy ODM Cheeseburger made with two ¼ lb patties; & Devil’s Pups, hush puppies topped with powdered sugar, Ghirardelli chocolate, & whipped cream.

We’re also rolling out an updated cocktail menu that keeps old favorites but adds lots of new options including: the Devil’s Daiquiri, a rhum agricole daiquiri with Averna; the Bitter Mai Tai, made with Campari and Jamaican rum; a classic Boulevardier on draft; the Spirit Raiser, our tequila-based take on a Corpse Reviver; The Moon Also Rises, our mezcal-based take on a The Sun Also Rises; plus a few others. Our cocktails will remain in the $8-11 range they’ve always been in.

At the anniversary party we’ll also be grilling 1/4 lb Coney Dogs on the back patio until 4PM (with our newly updated food menu going into effect from 6PM to midnight). Live music will be provided by local bluesman Derek Fairchild starting at 7PM. We’ll have new ODM tees available featuring a ouija board inspired design.

After all that, we’re also doing an Oktoberfest + Sloppy Seconds event from Thursday Sept. 28 through Saturday Sept. 30. The “Sloppy Seconds” refers to the fact that we’ll be tapping all the remaining kegs of awesome beer on tap from our 1 Year Anniversary event, so folks who missed that event will get a second shot at trying a bunch of them (with 20 special kegs on for the anniversary, undoubtedly most will be pouring a few days later). We’ll also be pouring a bunch of German lagers and doing special Bratwurst Po Boys.

PHOTO: Old Devil Moon, courtesy of Brett Walker

Saturday: Taste Guacamole Glory at the 6th Annual Guac-Off Competition!

2015 Guac-Off Champion Elle “Monster Guac” Garcia clutches the Guacamole Glory Trophy

Attention all ye Acolytes of the Avocado: The 6th Annual Guac-Off Guacamole Competition is coming this weekend, and once again it’s happening right here in Bernal Heights.

Yes, that’s right: Guac-Off 2017 happens this Saturday, September 9 beginning a 1 pm at Dr. Rick’s glamorous Farmhouse Mansion, at 3340 Folsom near the top of the hill at Ripley.  That means if you you want to compete, you’d best get on the phone to beg your abuela for her secret recipe. The event is free, but  check out the website for complete details.

Here’s the guac-and-roll pep rally, courtesy of Guacstar Luke:

As this weather has surely reminded you, Indian Summer is here. So that means that it’s time again for the Annual Indian Summer Guac-off!

We’d love for you to join us this Saturday, September 9th, as we’ll once again be at Dr. Rick’s house for our 6th annual celebration of the almighty avocado.

This year promises to be even more fun, as we’ll have 10 different prize categories, a restaurant showcase with guacamoles from some of our favorite restaurants, chips provided by Tacolicious, and of course, an even bigger Guacamole Glory Trophy.

The rules this year are simple: Your our guacamole must use at least 8 avocados, and it must arrive by 2pm. Other than that, let your creativity run wild!

We love having lots of Bernal neighbors show up. As always, the event is completely free, although guests are obviously encouraged to bring guacamole!