Somehow, it’s the last week of May. And your social calendar is probably filling up, partly because you are both cool and desirable, and also because there are tons of exciting things to do in SF right now. The latest edition of our weekly roundup has new restaurant openings, pop-ups, and (checks notes) an event with bagels and baby goats. Go forth and enjoy.
If snuggling with goats and eating great wood-fired bagels sound like a combination of plans you didn’t know you needed, head to Daily Driver on Sunday, May 30th. They’re “turning Dogpatch into Goatpatch” by bringing baby goats from their farm in Tomales to the shop from 11am-2pm.
After being on paternity leave for a couple of months, Astranda Bakery owner Eric Chow is back serving his incredible cinnamon rolls in SF and the East Bay. The rolls are layered with brown sugar cinnamon paste and sticky coffee-caramel sauce and drenched in a smooth coffee-flavored frosting that we want to bathe in. You can find Astranda Bakery’s pastries at Excelsior Coffee or Magnolia Mini Mart on Fridays and Saturdays.
All day on Tuesday, May 25th, Indian restaurants across the Bay Area, including SF’s Besharam, Amber India, and ROOH, are donating 50% of their sales to American India Foundation’s COVID relief efforts. Proceeds will go to frontline workers and those affected by the rising COVID rates in India, and help to purchase oxygen, ventilators, cold storage equipment, and other equipment for hospitals across the country. The list of participating restaurants is here, or you can donate directly to AIF here.
A while back, the Mission beer garden built an elevated stage in their spacious back patio to host live music and stand-up shows - so if you’re missing in-person entertainment, here’s a reminder to head over on Wednesdays at 7:30pm for one of their weekly shows. You can buy tickets here (in pairs only).
Red Bay Coffee
Oakland-based Red Bay Coffee’s expansion across the Bay Bridge continues with their newest location in the Ferry Building. The coffee shop opened last week with excellent espresso drinks, charcoal lattes, pastries, and more. They’re open every day except Monday.
If you’re looking for a new restaurant to check out, head to Otra, a Mexican spot from the people behind Son’s Addition. At this Lower Haight restaurant, they grind their own masa in-house for tacos filled with slow-cooked beef, cod, roasted sweet potatoes, and more. They also have a full bar with margaritas or wine to wash all those tacos down.