Salt & Straw, the Portland-by-way-of-Los-Angeles ice-cream shop with flavors like almond brittle with salted ganache and Sightglass Coffee & Single-Origin Dandelion Chocolate, opens its second San Francisco location at 586 Hayes St. this Friday, Oct. 20.
Founders Kim and Tyler Malek — who are cousins — make every flavor in small, five to 10 gallon batches with an emphasis on hyperlocal ingredients, and this location follows their successful spring debut at 2201 Fillmore St. in Pacific Heights. This means that soon, every cone you see at Patricia’s Green won’t necessarily have come from Smitten.
To get to know their new neighbors, the Maleks will throw quickie pop-ups around Hayes Valley and beyond every day until Friday’s opening:
Hamilton Recreation Center (1900 Geary Blvd.) Wednesday, Oct. 18, noon to 2 p.m.
The Market (1355 Market St.) Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
During Thursday’s pop-up, $1 from each scoop will go toward North Bay Fire relief — an amount The Market pledges to match — while on opening day, both Salt & Straw shops will donate 15 percent of profits to the Redwood Credit Union and Farmer’s Guild.
Beyond the regular rotation of 17 flavors, Salt & Straw has a “Spooktacular” series through the month that includes the rather audacious Dracula’s Blood Pudding (spices and cream cooked into actual blood pudding) and Creepy Crawly Critters (chocolate-covered crickets and coconut toffee brittle-covered mealworms). Hey, bugs are the future, right?
Meanwhile, around the block from the new Salt & Straw, Leo Beckerman and Evan and Ari Bloom of Wise Sons will open their third S.F. bagelry on Tuesday, Oct. 31. A year after expanding from their 24th Street mothership — founded in the year 5771, also known as 2010 — to Fillmore Street, the pastrami-centric deli has striven mightily to improve the sorry state of Bay Area bagels.
Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wise Sons is a spot for rye bread, smoked salmon, and a Chinese chicken salad. Anybody who still misses Moishe’s Pippic knows what a hole Hayes Valley’s Jewish-food scene has had, and now that hole is surrounded by boiled dough and filled with a schmear.
Salt & Straw, 586 Hayes St., saltandstraw.com
Wise Sons, 537 Octavia St., wisesonsdeli.com