SF Eats: RT Rotisserie prepares to open 2nd location, Original Joe's to expand to West Portal, more

Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline
By Alisa Scerrato - Published on August 16, 2019.

Here's the latest in SF food news. In this edition: a popular fast-casual eatery gets ready to debut a second location, two taquerias prepare to expand, and an old-school Italian restaurant plots a West Portal outpost.


Lower Haight

RT Rotisserie (306 Broderick St.)

Photo: Dustin F./Yelp

After making a splash in Hayes Valley, fast-casual Rich Table spinoff RT Rotisserie is getting ready to debut a second location in the old Delessio Market and Bakery spot, next door to Falletti Foods at 306 Broderick Street.

While walking by the space earlier this week, we caught up with a representative who was working on the finishing touches to the interior remodel. He said the new location should open sometime between next Monday and next Thursday (August 19-22), if all goes according to plan. 

At 2,000 square feet, RT Rotisserie's Broderick location is close to double the size of the Hayes Valley original, and will also boast a small outdoor eating space. Its menu will be very similar to the original, which specializes in rotisserie chicken, vegetable sides like cauliflower and a variety of dipping sauces.


Tacolicious (685 Market St.)

Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline

Tacolicious is expanding to a new outpost at 685 Market Street (at Third Street) in early October. But unlike its original sit-down locations, this new location will be a to-go centric "Tacolicious Chico," specializing in Mexico City-style tacos de guisado, made with stewed and braised meats and vegetables. 

According to Eater SF, the 425-square-foot space will have no seating inside and just a few seats outside, targeting office workers bringing tacos back to their desks. 

Taco options will include pork chile colorado, chicken chile verde, and vegetarian fillings like mushrooms and rajas and “greens n’ beans.” Corn tortillas will be made fresh on-site, while drink options will include horchata cold brew and hibiscus lemonade. Everything, from tacos to drinks, will cost $3.50.

Tacolicious Chico is set to open sometime in October; look out for updates on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Polk Gulch

The Little Chihuahua (1431 Polk St.)

Photo: Cecille W./Yelp

Meanwhile, another taqueria expansion is in the works on Polk. Just after Labor Day weekend, The Little Chihuahua will open its fourth San Francisco outpost at 1431 Polk St. (The original is on Divisadero, with two other locations in the Mission and Noe Valley.)

The fast-casual Mexican eatery will be housed in the former space of Greek restaurant space Mykonos, with 40 seats and a new mural by artist Serge Gay, Jr.

West Portal

Little Joe’s Pizza, Pasta, Parmigiana (393 West Portal Ave.)

Photo: Jean S./Yelp

John and Elena Duggan, the owners of North Beach's Original Joe’s and Daly City's Joe's of Westlake, are planning to open a spinoff in West Portal called Little Joe’s Pizza, Pasta, Parmigiana.

According to the Chronicle, the couple grew up eating pies at Paradise Pizza, which closed last year after nearly three decades in the neighborhood. When its space at 393 West Portal Avenue came open, they decided to take it over. 

In keeping with its name, Little Joe's will be a smaller, more casual spot, allowing the Duggans to keep operating costs down. It'll specialize in Italian comfort food like pizza, spaghetti & meatballs and eggplant parmigiana. 

One important note: this Little Joe's is no relation to the Excelsior's longstanding Little Joe's Pizzeria, nor to the Little Joe's that operated at various locations in San Francisco from 1971 to 2012. 

If you've seen something new (or closing) in the neighborhood, text your tips and photos to (415) 200-3233, or email [email protected] If we use your info in a story, we'll give you credit.

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