[Photo: Eva Frye]
Nopa's Mexican baby sister Nopalito is just about ready to double her real estate in San Francisco with the Monday opening of this second Inner Sunset location you see here. Designed by Abeug-Morris, who did the Broderick Street location, the interior space is defined by white painted exposed brick, wood floors, concrete bar tops, and a laser cut nopales design feature above the bar. Owner Jeff Hanak decided to enclose the former occupant's outdoor patio making for an indoor-outdoor space that can open up to the sidewalk on warmer days. Sidewalk tables and a large 25-seat back patio will become options once permitting comes through in a few months time.
The menu will be basically the same as the exiting location's, save for the addition of albondigas in mole and a new seared trout dish with pumpkin seed, serrano chile, Rancho Gordo beans and chile de arbol. They're also playing with more tortas at lunch time, since UCSF is nearby. Hanak says the menu will eventually reflect more butchery as there's more space for whole animals in this kitchen. Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch, lunch, dinner, beer and wine will be offered out of the gate. Take-out will come as soon as the kitchen gets settled, and a full cocktail menu when the liquor license comes through. As always, no reservations are taken, but you can call ahead to get on the wait list. Watch out for the full menus as they're finalized later this week.
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