Restaurant Scene: August 2021.

Mifen101 has been operating lately in 841 Villa, replacing the short-lived Noodle King, which specialized in biangbiang noodles.  Mifen101’s specialty is a different regional Chinese noodle type, mifen, made from rice, in various preparations.

After a year-plus of closure, Xanh reopened at 110 Castro in May, with limited and evolving hours (currently dinner only, Thurs-Sun).  During the closure a new restaurant, Kobe Phở & Grill, formerly in Cupertino, opened, sharing the address. 

Since June, Ava’s Market (340 Castro) has hosted a new concession where the popular HeyO Eats closed in the pandemic’s wake.  Left Wing Bar features Korean Fried Chicken, a popular genre in recent years.

In late June at 698 W. Dana (the space vacated by Shalala in October), Bay Biryanis opened, offering a range of Biryani dishes and getting accolades from locals.

Pending at last word:  Nick the Greek, 298 Castro (previously Rocket Fizz);  Yifang Boba Shop at 143 Castro; Happy Lemon, 740 Villa (lately Tapioca Express).

Late news:  301 Castro at Dana.  Ground floor of this building has been vacant since Books Inc. moved out some years back; early City information indicated a café tenant.  Last week, architect Ken Rodrigues (who with partners owns the building) mentioned that a florist will be moving in, preparations now underway.  (The partnership also is proposing a compact office building with ground-floor retail to replace the adjacent one at 747 W. Dana; Ken Rodrigues emphasized a wish to add general retail, rather than restaurant, tenants there too.)

About Max Hauser

Resident with acknowledged food obsession, active in Bay Area food and wine organizations 30 years. Dining in downtown MV regularly for 20 years and occasionally for 10 years before that.
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