Between summer and the economy, it's been a slow time for The Dish, but nonetheless, a few smaller paces have debuted this week. As always, the tip jar is ready for your dirt.
1) Financial District: Opening its doors on Kearny earlier today was Bonbon Patisserie, the new lunch/dessert spot from the guys behind Garcon and Plouf. As seen above, it's a tiny space, made for mostly takeout. The menu is crafted for the FiDi lunch crowd too, with pressed sandwiches, salads, quiches and pastries, but as UrbanDaddy pointed out yesterday, the main distinguishing point might be the "French pizzas." 308 Kearny Street, near Bush; (415) 956-5005; website [EaterWire]
2) SoMa: Plywood vet Pho Ha Tien 2 is open for business. The same blue awning—and for the most part, food offerings—as the Ocean Avenue original have made their way to Howard Street, but the big question is can PHT2 compete with cult favorite Tu Lan down the road? 937 Howard Street, between Fifth and Sixth; (415) 882-7188 [EaterWire]
3) Downtown Berkeley: Via the Chron comes news of Amanda's Feel Good Fresh Food Restaurant. The name alone is an oh-so-Berkeley mouthful, but the menu is simple, straightforward and kid-friendly, and might be worth a dice roll if you're looking for a quick option. 2122 Shattuck Avenue, between Addison and Center; (510) 548-2122; website [Chron]