Pour all the beer you want
San Francisco’s first stand-alone, exclusively pour-it-yourself taproom, the Brew Coop, will open soon at 819 Valencia Street, in the former Osha Thai space. It carries a sports bar vibe with lots of TVs as well as a full kitchen. But the main draw will be the self-serve taps equipped with RFID readers, which customers can swipe with cards that keep track of how much they pour. With 22 taps including two nitro, the Brew Coop offers a wide range of styles from hoppy to light to malty to sour.
New Vietnamese to try
The Excelsior has a new Vietnamese restaurant, at 4845 Mission Street in the former Mission Noodle House space. Ty Pho keeps things simple with a traditional selection of pho, rice plates, and vermicelli.
Italian morning fuel
Downtown Berkeley cafe Piq abruptly closed last month, but now its replacement is here: Passione Caffe is open serving pastries, panini, focaccia, salads, pasta, pizza, and coffee from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. In January, it’ll expand its hours and morph into an Italian wine bar at night. A gelato shop within Passione Caffe is also on its way.
Dumplings are back
After closing last year for renovations, downtown Mountain View’s Fu Lam Mum has finally reopened, no longer depriving the region of its tasty dim sum. The owner also owns Mountain View’s Hong Kong Bistro.
Milk tea and toast
New bubble tea shop TS Cafe is open at 4754 Mission Street in the Outer Mission. The drinks menu runs the gamut of milk tea, iced milk drinks, and cream-topped beverages, with adjustable sweetness and ice levels. TS also serves a few sandwiches, toasts, and fried snacks.