Recent Openers July 3-9, 2013
Aquitaine: French chef Laurent Manrique's wine bar is inspired by his home region in southwestern France, and will heavily feature wines from that area. In addition to the vin, there is a food menu that includes duck confit and oysters with bordelaise sausage salad. 175 Sutter, 402-5290. AquitaineSF.com.
The Crème Brûlée Shop: The Crème Brûlée Cart now has a second brick-and-mortar cousin at 24th and Mission. Expect to find a menu of crème-filled foil ramekins with flavors including s'mores, Nutella with strawberries, toasted coconut, and classic vanilla. 3338 24th. TheCremeBruleeCart.com.
Heartbaker: Kokkari and Aqua pastry chef Sybil Johnson's new dine-in spot is open in the former Chapeau! space at Clement and 15th. Currently there's sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, beer, wine, and coffee from Hearth Roasters. The chef will be adding some plated desserts in the coming months. 1408 Clement, 592-6008. TheHeartbaker.com
Kasa Indian Eatery: Lower Polk has been graced with the second location of the Castro Indian restaurant, and brings kati rolls, thali plates, and plenty of pink, orange, and purple décor to the neighborhood. A late night window is forthcoming. 1356 Polk, 931-3991. kasaindian.com
Virgil's Sea Room: Taking up residence next to El Rio, this new bar is naming cocktails after local heroes including the Brown Sisters, Sugar Pie Desanto, and Frank Chu. A back patio is still being renovated, and there's a jukebox on premises. 3152 Mission, 829-2233. VirgilsSF.com.
The Willows: Brother and sister team Tim and Liz Ryan have taken a fun approach to their new spot, a spinoff of The Sycamore. Full bar, a beer den with 12 rare selections on tap, American classics for snacking, plus pinball, pool, and video games. 1582 Folsom, 529-2039.