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One of SF’s Most Popular Falafel Shops Opens Second Location

Truly Mediterranean has doubled its footprint

Falafel being made at Truly Mediterranean
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Mediterranean on Mission Bay

Truly Mediterranean, owner Walid Zeidan’s “Mediterranean Delicatessen with a Special Touch,” has a second location to add to the 16th Street original (between Valencia and Guerrero) he’s operated since 1992. The new shop is also on 16th, but way down in Mission Bay, at 900 16th St (between 7th and Mississippi). There, its menu of wraps, combo plates, and falafel appears the same, though the atmosphere is sleeker in a shiny new building.

’aina starts serving lunch

Dogpatch Hawaiian restaurant ‘aina, which began as a brunch pop-up and now serves dinner and even a chef’s counter tasting menu, is getting into lunch service. From Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., their homemade spam musubi and some lunch-only dishes are now available.

Deccan Spice explains Castro delays

Valencia Street Indian restaurant Deccan Spice says its anticipated opening in the Castro’s former AG Ferrari food space has been delayed by permitting issues — a second exit and sprinkler system were required, for instance, which the restaurant did not anticipate. Deccan spice should finally open in the next few weeks, owners say, putting an end to another vacant storefront in the Castro.

DoorDash CEO on the difficulties of restaurant delivery

In an onstage interview with Recode, delivery service DoorDash’s CEO explained the many pitfalls of fast, well-executed delivery by using a San Francisco location of the Cheesecake Factory as an example. “It’s on the fifth floor of Macy’s of a Westfield shopping center,” Tony Xu said, “We had to figure out how to get a dedicated parking spot for the [delivery] Dashers. “

Correction: The Cheesecake Factory in question is located at Macy’s in Union Square, not the Westfield, as Xu mistakenly said.

“We had to figure out how to take a special access elevator so that the Dashers can quickly get to the right spot. We had to figure out how to collate food from the bakery, the expo’d food center, the kitchen, as well as the drinks center. And we had to do it all just for that one location.” You can watch the whole interview here.

Taste of the Nation charitable event returns

Taste of The Nation, a benefit for No Kid Hungry, is back in SF, held on Thursday, March 22 at Pier 35. Melissa Perello (Frances, Octavia) and Josh Even (Tosca Cafe) are co-chef chairs, and restaurants include China Live, International Smoke, Uma Casa, Souvla, and La Mar Cebicheria Peruana. Tickets are here.