YOUR WEEKLY DIGESTION OF FOOD NEWS TO CONSUME....AND I SWEAR THE LAST OF DIM SUM WEEK...MAYBE
Canton Dim Sum and Seafood Restaurant is only a few blocks or so over for me in the lovely SOMA hood. We'd been there before to try out the whole dining room, select from carts experience. Turns out, they have a spot just around the corner where you can get stuff to go. It is sort of on a side street and then you go down some steps into a basement like place that looks like a long narrow cafeteria. It's got that long counter with sneeze guard and metal railings as if you could slide a tray down it while choosing your items. They don't necessarily do all the things they offer in the restaurant but it seems to be a place to get in quick for a lunch bite. Which makes sense as it is only open during lunch hours Monday through Friday. I popped in one day as I was weirdly craving a pork bun and picked a couple baked bbq pork buns and threw in a couple egg rolls to boot for around $6. The buns here are smaller here than other places, but they still have that soft and fluffy, slightly sweet taste of others. The pork inside is not as sweet and is in more of a brown sauce as opposed to bright red orange. Fortunately for me, they also don't have that miso roast pork flavor that's not my personal fave. In general terms they were okay. Not gonna say I bit into and was wowed by any means, but in the moment they did at least satisfy the pork bun craving I had. As for the egg rolls, they were filled with shredded cabbage and carrots and what I think was small bits of ground pork. They weren't the best I've had. They were a tad overcooked and greasy. Plus, they'd probably been sitting out for awhile as they were not exactly warm. They just didn't have that crispy, fresh cooked flavor. Sadly, I forgot to get some sweet duck sauce to dip them in, it would have been helpful to offset some of the blandness. I settled for some sriracha and the hot just perfectly overpowered everything. Well, sort of one out of two ain't bad. Considering there really are not any other options for dim sum in this part of SOMA, Canton's mini to go spot, is, well, good enough, for now.
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- Zeke's has barely been closed a hot minute and already it's being reconcepted, renamed and reopened soon.
- And in case you may have missed it, here's a list of some Bay Area restaurants that recently closed.
- Sam Wo returns! Evidently this is a big thing everyone should know about. May have to wait to try it since it will probably be crowded.
- Zagat says these are some fall dishes you must try! Though, could they not find one from a slightly more affordable place?
- That Coi guy is taking over some old school steakhouse.
- Delarosa is now open on Yerba Buena lane so you don't have to traipse down to the Marina to try it.
- Here's an inside look at Dominique Crenn's new place Petit Crenn.
- Food delivery start-ups are turning to bloggers and writers to increase their brand and image. Here's hoping folks will write for more than just free food.
- It's a write up about San Francisco's "no tip revolution" and odds for survival.
- From street food cart to brick and mortar location. Seems all the food carts and trucks are setting up permanent spots in the East Bay now. Seems it's easier there than in SF.
- Upscale Mexican spot Cala is now serving brunch. That didn't take long.