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Booming Sandwich and Salad Chain Mendocino Farms Opens Latest Outpost

Plus: Reserve your spot for Scandinavian brunch at Kantine

Mendocino Farms

Mendo Farms brings it home with San Ramon location

A hit from its first market in SoCal to San Francisco, where its FiDi location opened last summer, Mendocino Farms unveils its newest Bay Area location today, at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon. That’s not far from where co-founder Ellen Chen grew up, in Lafayette, and at City Center Bishop Ranch, Mendo’s sandwiches, Impossible burgers, salads, and “deli sides” join other popular food options like locations of Boba Guys, Fieldwork Brewing, and the Slanted Door.

Save a spot at Kantine

Market Street’s Scandinavian bakery and cafe Kantine will now let customers guarantee their access to a table at the counter-service restaurant. Diners can book through Resy on weekdays (free of charge), and they’ll be reserved — though most tables will remain available to walk-in customers getting their fix of brunch boards with sprouted rye bread or savory porridge with house-made farmers cheese.

Bini’s Kitchen opens at 10001 Howard Street in April

Binitha Pradhan is almost ready to open the largest home yet for her Nepalese dumplings. Bini’s Kitchen at 1001 Howard Street will serve Pradhan’s veggie and turkey momos and more starting in April: For now, customers can still find them at Off the Grid, the Ferry Building Farmers Market, and her stall at 1 Post Street near Montgomery BART. In a profile of Pradhan and her new restaurant, SF Weekly learns that the La Cocina alum will have some customers from an SRO across the street from the new location, Where many Nepalese people live.

Mayor of the Riptide

SF Mayor London Breed was out and about ahead of St. Patrick’s day for a dinner at the United Irish Cultural Center — afterward, she reportedly headed over to Taraval dive the Riptide, where she took up a post behind the stick, serving beers to patrons/constituents.

Mission Picnic is now on Valencia

Quick service sandwich, salad, and catering operation Mission Picnic has picked up its basket and moved from nearby 22nd Street to 983 Valencia Street, where it’s just re-opened. That location, the former home of Duna from Bar Tartine chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, was closed by a city-mandated seismic retrofit — some of Duna’s dishes can be found at their location of Duna spinoff Smokebread in the Market on Market Street.

The Grid

1000 K Street, , CA 95814 (916) 800-3050 Visit Website

City Center Bishop Ranch

6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, , CA 94583 (925) 815-1902 Visit Website