Southern California-based Slapfish has opened its first Bay Area location, after already expanding across the country with more than a dozen restaurants total. Slapfish bills itself as a modern seafood shack serving exclusively sustainable seafood, and the new San Jose location (5297 Prospect Road) serves the likes of shrimp burritos, chowder fries, fish tacos, and poke bowls, plus a whole lot of lobster: lobster rolls, lobster grilled cheeses, lobster taquitos, and more are all on offer.
Caffeinate like the Aussies
Spreading Australian coffee culture is the focus of The Coffee Movement, a new cafe open at 1030 Washington Street in Nob Hill. In addition to basic coffee drinks and tea, the shop serves a few specialties: cocoa cappuccino, vanilla spice latte, and carbonated espresso tonic.
Khao mun gai shake out
In the fall, locations of Thai-style chicken and rice mini-chain Chick’n Rice started to go dark in the midst of a merger with SF’s Rooster & Rice. Now, those former Chick’n Rice locations are starting to reopen as Rooster & Rice, starting with the San Jose shop at 1078 E Brokaw Road, Suite 40, in North Valley. The new menu is typical Rooster & Rice’s super stripped-down offerings: chicken and white rice, skinless chicken and brown rice, tofu and rice, and paleo-style chicken with vegetables.
Boba with mochi donuts
Sunnyvale has a new, hip bubble tea spot in Boba Drive, now open at 677 Tasman Drive. It’s serving a limited menu until its grand opening on Saturday, February 16. For now, choose between a few black, green, and oolong teas, then customize milk, ice levels, sweetness, and toppings. Mochi treats come via Third Culture Bakery.
Local chain Opa! Authentic Greek has opened its seventh restaurant in downtown San Jose. Located at 225 W Santa Clara Street, Opa! offers its usual lengthy menu of meze, dips, pita sandwiches, souvlaki, flatbreads, and traditional Greek mains. Another location is coming soon to Morgan Hill.
SF Beer Week might be over — and with it, the fleeting opportunities to snag a coveted glass of Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Younger — but folks do have at least one more shot: Gott’s Roadside is serving Pliny at its Ferry Building location. Each customer can order a 5 ounce pour for $5. The only catch is that you also have to buy food.