Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Retail & Industry
Published on June 25, 2014
Urban Picnic Now Open In The CastroMural inside restaurant paying homage to SF skyline (photo: Trang Nguyen)

We reported a few months back that Urban Picnic (4039 18th Street), a Vietnamese restaurant that has a location in the Financial District, was setting up their second location in the old Zadin Restaurant space (also Vietnamese), near 18th and Hartford. The restaurant soft-opened this past week and will have their official grand opening next Tuesday, July 1st. The restaurant format is fast/casual where you can grab something to go or take a seat at a free table after ordering at the counter. Urban Picnic will be open for lunch and dinner with new menu items that include a "Superfood Salad" (a blend of kale, spring mix, cabbage, carrots, raisins, grapes, coconut, and sunflower seeds) w/ ginger lemongrass Chia vinaigrette, a Sriracha lime chicken sandwich, and a Sriracha lime tofu sandwich. Check out the full menu here. Beer and wine are also being offered, including gluten free and organic beer. While week day breakfast may be in the pipeline, weekend brunch will be served and will include a new 4-grain porridge (brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and chia), as well as new breakfast Banh Mi egg sandwiches. "We are excited to bring healthy eating to a neighborhood that values health and wellness in their daily lifestyles. By opening in the Castro, we can finally cater to the community 7 days a week, including holiday weekends and late evenings," says owner Trang Nguyen. One of our loyal readers and occasional contributors, Steven Bracco, has already stopped by the restaurant with a few friends and gave Urban Picnic a thumbs up:

Urban Picnic will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10:30AM to 10PM, Thursday and Friday from 10:30AM to 11PM, Saturday from 9AM to 11PM, and Sunday from 9AM to 10PM. Go check them out and then come back and let us know what you think.