2259 Polk St., Russian Hill
Phone: (415) 857-3869
High-alkaline heavy hitters are all over the SF landscape these days, and the latest to emerge is Project Juice, which is debuting its first standalone SF location in Russian Hill after launching a kiosk at the Crocker Galleria a few months back. Founded in the Bay Area, the company prides itself on using local produce from organic farmers in its creations ($7.50-10.25), which come in exotic flavor combos like pineapple-apple-mint, orange-carrot-turmeric, and pineapple-kale-jicama, with six riffs on the standard green juice. Almond milk, in flavors like mint chip, cold-brew coffee, and turmeric, rounds out the offering.
The new space is small, but does offer a bit of bench seating for 6-8 patrons, if they're not headed to or from the gym. Juiceheads can expect to see raw and vegan food items added to the menu over time, as well as shakes and new flavors. Serina Calhoun (Syncopated Architecture) and Cara Hatch Design concocted the look of the space, with live plants and the ubiquitous reclaimed wood (which, to gluten-haters' potential horror, is from a former grain elevator). Hours are Monday-Friday, 7 am-8 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 8 am-7 pm. South Bay fans should also stay tuned, as a Palo Alto location is in the works next.