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Mensho Tokyo nobori
Mensho Tokyo nobori

Crowd Favorite Mensho Tokyo Expands to SoMa

Tokyo-imported ramen shop Mensho Tokyo opened a new restaurant inside The Market’s food hall — Jikasei Mensho. Their focus at this branch is takeout miso ramen — with a menu full of chicken karaage, miso ramen, pork chashu and pickled oysters. The broth is rich, creamy and enriched with miso, giving it an even more fermented flavor. One of their most popular dishes is their Jikasei Mensho ramen, which consists of their vegan miso kombu, shiitake mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, blended miso tare and their house-made wheat noodles.  Just what is needed on a cold winter day — or everyday. If you’re craving a little taste of Tokyo then Jikasei Mensho is the spot for you.

Flour and Branch front entrance
Flour and Branch front entrance

Flour and Branch Bakery Arrives in SoMa

You know that warm feeling you get when you bite into a perfect PB & J? Or the satisfaction of the first bite of a chewy chocolate chip cookie? Flour and Branch delivers joyful bakes to fulfill every craving, taking cookies, cakes, and bakes to a whole new level.  They first started out as a takeaway-only spot but now they have their first brick and mortar store. Locals love their stuffed French toasts, which are slightly gooey on the inside and crisp on the outside — along with their cream-soaked chocolate babka stuffed with peanut butter chips and cookie butter. What more can anyone ask for? Another favorite is their ‘Brookie’ which consists of a cookie, a brownie and a peanut butter cup all in one. Sweet treats are one of life’s simple joys and you deserve them, so go check them out at Bryant and 3rd Street.

Umai Westfield location
Umai Westfield location

Umai Arrives in San Francisco with 27 Fusion Hot Dogs

What is a fusion hot dog? Well, it’s many things, one example is their Japanese influenced Tokyo Signature hot dog. It consists of a freshly baked soft bun and all-beef hot dog topped with roasted seaweed, teri mayo, teriyaki sauce and white sesame. Umai has over 27 different types of hot dogs to choose from, with all the sauces and toppings you can dream of. ‘Umai’ is the Japanese word for ‘yummy’. They have a variety of unique flavors influenced by different cuisines from around the world, like their Thai Thunder or Seoul Storm hot dog. Umai first opened in 1992 in San Jose as a hot dog cart, soon after locals loved it and they grew a loyal following that carries on to this day. You can find their fifth Bay Area location at The Westfield Mall in downtown San Francisco. Check them out for a guaranteed culinary adventure.

Hotbird sign
Hotbird sign

Hotbird Brings Nashville-Style Chicken to SOMA

Tennessee might be a long way from California, but Hotbird is bringing the heat of Nashville-Style chicken sandwiches to San Francisco. They first started as an Oakland-based food truck and a regular at Off the Grid, but today they're opening their first brick-and-mortar location in SOMA at The Market. So, what's Nashville-Style? It’s chicken with a hefty dose of spices like hot sauce and cayenne. To give you an even more unique taste, they use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs and rice bran oil instead of conventional oil, infusing it with a lighter and more nutty flavor. Hotbird has sandwiches in five spice levels, so go give them a visit at 10th and Market to see how much heat you can handle.

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