From a pancake cafe to a Korean fast-food emporium, the Stonestown Galleria has been on a tear when it comes to adding new eateries. Here's a look at the three newest spots to debut at the ever-changing San Francisco mall, which have drawn both positive and negative reviews.
Ike's Love & Sandwiches
3251 20th Ave., Suite 250 C
Founded in San Francisco, Ike's Love & Sandwiches has won what the company calls a "cult-like following" for its fresh sandwiches with oddball names. Stonestown marks the third San Francisco location for the growing chain.
Popular options include Ménage a Trois (halal chicken, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, honey and pepper jack, cheddar and swiss cheese); the Dirty Reuben (roast beef, purple slaw and American cheese, with Ike's secret "Dirty Sauce" baked right into the bread); and the Steve Jobs (breaded eggplant, pesto, ranch dressing and provolone).
Yelp users are generally positive about Ike's, which currently holds four stars out of 34 reviews on the site.
Zabreen S., who reviewed the eatery on April 29, wrote, "I ordered James and the Giant Peach. I loved the yellow barbecue sauce, and as a meat eater trying a vegetarian sandwich, I was impressed."
Yelper Derek T. noted, "Ike's sandwiches are expected to be good wherever you go, and this spot is no exception. Nothing like a Dutch crunch Matt Cain or a Ménage a Trois during a lunch break."
Ike's Love & Sandwiches is open from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday.
Gram Cafe & Pancakes
3251 20th Ave.
Jiggly and fragile, the pancakes are time-consuming to make and meant to be consumed immediately, so the restaurant only serves a limited number three times a day. If you want to sample them, you'll have to wait in line for a slot.
For those who'd rather not endure the wait, Gram also offers flatter, traditional-style pancakes in sweet (caramelized banana, tiramisu) and savory (bacon and egg, chili beans, salmon) variations. There's also French toast, sandwiches, soups, salads and ice cream.
Yelpers aren't very hot on Gram, which currently holds three stars out of 208 reviews on the site.
Rosanna G. wrote, "Great customer service! Alexandria greeted me with a great smile; Eason makes a great almond cafe mocha; very tasty lobster soup ... and the best premium pancake with cute syrup and whipped cream on the side. I'll be coming back for more!"
Gram Cafe & Pancakes is open from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday.
3251 20th Ave.
Korean fast-food eatery GloWing, which specializes in chicken wings, is a new addition to Stonestown's food court. It offers many flavors of wings to choose from, including garlic Parmesan, kosher vinegar, peanut butter, maple Sriracha and even one called Coke BBQ.
The eatery also offers salads, fries of various descriptions (including potato, yam and crispy zucchini), onion rings, tater tots and blue rice.
GloWing has received fairly poor reviews so far, with three stars out of 72 reviews on Yelp. Many reviewers expressed frustration with the restaurant's slow service.
Yelper Clare L., who reviewed GloWing on April 24, wrote, "I ordered 16 wings to-go with honey garlic, peanut butter and yang yum sauces. I had [them] after 30 minutes. [They were] surprisingly crispy and good! Chicken wings were crispy outside and juicy inside."
Yelper Cathrin P C. wrote, "Overall, I thought the wings were tasty; definitely more of a snack as opposed to a meal. Not sure what they can do about the wait time, since I'd rather they cook my wings to order as opposed to just having a bunch pre-made laying around."
GloWing is open from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday.
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