Week of January 27th - De Afganan Kabob House
1035 Geary Boulevard
In conjunction with the Tenderloin Equitable Development Project, UC Hastings students and staffers regularly sample a delicious neighborhood restaurant for TEDP’s Restaurant of the Week. Most students are not aware that so many great eateries are only a couple minutes’ walk from campus. This week, we all were treated to Afghani food at De Afghanan Kabob House located at 1035 Geary Boulevard where Chef Jayhoon, together with his younger brother and sister, expertly prepare his family’s classic recipes 6 days a week.
Week of December 16th 2016 - Tadu Ethiopian
484 Ellis Street
December 9th 2016 was an important day for Tadu Ethiopian and their followers. Celebrating their restaurant’s 3-year anniversary, Alias and Nani reflect on the incredible journey that has enabled them to bring the flavors of their home country to the people of San Francisco. Despite early challenges, Tadu has now earned a reputation as one of the most popular Ethiopian restaurants in town.
Veggie combo with meat tibs ( chicken/lamb) served with Injera bread ( as recently featured on Thrillist) a good starter if you never have tried Ethiopian food. The food is authentic and original -- most of the ingredients and spices are imported directly from Ethiopia. The restaurant’s seating capacity is limited, and you will find it somewhat crowded at lunch, so plan some time to enjoy this special place.
TEDP has developed Tasting the Tenderloin program that allows companies and local organizations an opportunity to enjoy the Tenderloin’s unique ethnic restaurants through a curated group eating experience. While tasting food from around the world, you can gain insights about the owner’s immigrant experience in the neighborhood and get to know folks that are working to make it better everyday. Want to participate in Tasting the Tenderloin? Contact TEDP staff at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week of December 2nd 2016 - Zen Yai Thai
What’s good in the Tenderloin?
Every other week and in conjunction with the Tenderloin Economic Development Project, UC Hastings students will have the opportunity to try a delicious neighborhood restaurant for the Restaurant of the Week. Most students are not aware that so many great eateries are close to campus. This week, UC Hastings students 3L Megan Christie, 3L Michelle Abdolhosseini, and 2L David Casarrubias were treated to Thai food at Zen Yai located at 771 Ellis Street.
Ray, the owner of Zen Yai, came to San Francisco from his native Thailand 16 years ago and has owned the Tenderloin restaurant since 2007. He warmly greeted the students and recommended an order of the Thai boat noodles off the “secret” board written only in Thai.
Week of November 18th 2016 - Yemen Kitchen
219 Jones Street
What’s good in the Tenderloin?
Every other week and in conjunction with the Tenderloin Economic Development Project, UC Hastings students will have the opportunity to try a delicious neighborhood restaurant for the Restaurant of the Week. Most students are not aware that so many great eateries are close to campus. This week, UC Hastings students Neiloo Sajedi, Will Abramovitz, and Peter Stevens were treated to Yemeni food at Yemen Kitchen located at 219 Jones Street.
In the location formerly known as “Brooklyn Pizza” (as the signage still adorns), you may never anticipate that a friendly atmosphere and amazing home-cooked style fare awaits inside.
Starting off with self-serve imported Yemeni tea (al-kbous) and the traditional “Tawa” bread with hummus, the students enjoyed their first experience at the small, low-key restaurant.
“I would’ve never thought to seek out Yemeni food or even thought it was a thing,” said Neiloo. “A delicious thing,” exclaimed Peter.
Week of November 4th 2016 - L&G Sandwich
602 Eddy Street
This small and homey banh mi shop will steal your heart. Combo and BBQ chicken sandwiches are the stars of the show: a crunchy but soft french roll is filled with a generous amount of meat and pickled vegetables. And don’t forget to add a Vietnamese donut to your order. You won’t regret it!
Located just across the street from Saigon Sandwich, this new contender offers comparable flavors, cheaper prices and no wait. Plus, they have a loyalty reward program: buy 10 and get 1 free sandwich.
The owner Ki Giang is a special lady. She came to the United States to start a new life after surviving the war and disruptions in southeast Asia. She works tirelessly to fulfill her dream of bringing good food to people The shop is open seven days a week, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. With the growth of the restaurant, she is building the community and making the neighborhood a better place for all of us.
For more info: http://www.lgsandwich.net/
For online order: http://san-francisco.eat24hours.com/l-g-vietnamese-sandwich/65311
Week of October 31st 2016 - Emo's Cafe
Emos Café - Restaurant of the Week
This week try out Emos Café at Turk and Jones Street. Stay healthy and discover the great taste and value of our favorite kale salad and fresh juice. Beyond the greens, Emos serves specialty sandwiches. A popular steak sandwich is a tempting choice – visualize hot roast beef smothered in bell peppers, red onion, and mushrooms with pepper jack cheese on ciabatta.
The owner, Eman Diab, came to the United States from Palestine 22 years ago. In the past, she worked in the restaurant business with her husband. She has five children, and is now on her own starting her first business. We are so grateful to have her in the neighborhood. She is committed to serving and improving the Tenderloin. Check out the photo board showing how much Tenderloin police officers love this place. On the first Friday of every month, she partners with Tenderloin Economic Development Project, and donates juice to TL residents who walk by her corner, building a sense of community and safety for all.
Week ending October 14th 2016 - Casbah Cafe
295 Eddy Street
Fans of savory and sweet french crepes will have a lot to love in Casbah Cafe. The newly remodeled Mediterranean cafe in the Tenderloin is located just three blocks from WeWork at the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth (295 Eddy). This lovely, bright cafe has a perfect view of Boeddeker park across the street where the Boys and Girls Club kids play soccer and basketball.
Crepes are the star of the menu with 30+ options. An immigrant owned business owner from Algeria, Djelloul is bringing the French influence from his home country to these delicious crepes. Using a secret crepe recipe directly from Paris, you will be amazed at the light and succulent crepes he makes. For a sweet dessert try the poached pear with nutella or dark chocolate or for a tasty filling lunch try the crepe with roasted eggplant, zucchini and carrots.