Some well-known things about me and Matt: We live in the Inner Sunset. We love the neighborhood. And people in our neighborhood love to eat. The Inner Sunset dining scene got two new additions recently, both of which I’ve checked out in the last couple of weeks.
First up is the Wooly Pig Cafe, located at 205 Hugo @ 3rd Ave. Formerly a rather drab little sandwich place, this space has been brightened up by the new owners with lots of white tile, new furniture, and most important, a whole new menu. As the name suggests, pig products figure prominently on the menu. The Wooly Pig sandwich is a tasty treat: braised caramel pork belly, arugula, pickled shallots, and toasted garlic. And it’s only six bucks. (It’s not a huge sandwich, but it’s a good size for lunch.) They also serve Banh Mi sandwiches (Vietnamese cold cuts, green papaya salad, Thai chili and citrus vinaigrette). Have no fear, vegetarians. Even in this land of pig, there are options for you, too: The Vegi sandwich, for example, which has goat cheese, roasted beets, French beans, spring mix and sherry vinaigrette. The Wooly Pig is also open for breakfast, which I haven’t sampled yet, but if it’s as good as lunch, sign me up.
Down the road and up a few price notches is Pasion, which FINALLY opened this month. In the newly spiffed-up space (737 Irving between 8th & 9th Ave., formerly PJ’s Oyster Bed for you old-timers out there), Pasion bills itself as Nuevo Latino cuisine with a combination of flavors from the Latin Caribbean and Central and South America. As a board member of Inner Sunset Park Neighbors, I was invited to the opening party, where I met Executive Chef Jose Calvo-Perez, who grew up working in his father’s kitchen at Fresca. Food clearly runs in that family.
I haven’t been in for dinner yet, but based on the excellent appetizers at the opening party, I’m definitely putting Pasion high on my list.