Tselogs is now serving its popular array of meat and garlic fried rice plates to Mission District customers. The Daly City-born Filipino food business, which has also delighted late-night SF diners with lechon and lumpia at a hole-in-the-wall Tenderloin location since 2016, has opened the doors to a much larger local outpost at 518 South Van Ness Avenue.
The new Mission Tselogs serves the restaurant’s established menu of assorted silogs, or meat dishes with a side of fried rice topped by a runny egg (which gives Tselogs its logo). There’s chicken sisigsilog (chopped, cast iron-grilled chicken with rice and egg), spamsilog (fried spam with rice and egg), and more varieties, plus noodle dishes like pancit bihon, and dessert like buko pie, a sweet custard with young coconut.
Proprietor Chel Gilla opened the original Tselogs in Daly City in 2008: An immigrant from the Philippines, she arrived in the heavily Filipino Daly City area as a teenager, where she tells KQED she was struck by the prevalence of Filipino foods and ingredients. Before starting her own business, Gilla was on the team that opened the first US location of Filipino fast food phenomenon Jollibee — which was, of course, in Daly City.
The new SF Tselogs location has room for 49 diners, which is far more than typically crowd around the small counter at Tselogs’ Tenderloin outpost. According to Gilla, they’re serving a beer and wine menu on South Van Ness, too.
Current hours in the Mission don’t quite match the night owl heights of the Tenderloin, but they’ll expand: For now, they’re 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.