Restaurant News

Openings & Closings: May 2011

The Heights seriously needs to stop being so awesome, because I don't care how many great restaurants relocate to the neighborhood, I'm still not moving there. But I will keep wasting gas driving over there. (Side note: Dear restaurants, please come to downtown!)

Just in this week alone, Down House and BB's opened up and increased the area's cool factor by a power of 20. (And there's Heights Ashbury, too, which might be losing its vegetarian food but will retain its juices and smoothies.)

Down House is a coffee shop-cum-bistro that's serving breakfast and lunch in a repurposed bank building just off the main drag. Locally roasted Cuvee coffee is on tap, as is a cleverly cultivated selection of craft beers. Rave reviews have already come in from the Chronicle and The Loop Scoop; we're more than eager to check it out this weekend.

And replacing the run-down old 6th Street Bar & Grill is the third location of BB's Cajun Cafe (who is exempt from the above plea, its second location being on Lousiana in downtown). Super casual yet tasty Cajun is a no-brainer for this corner, which is directly across from the refurbed Fitzgerald's.

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Katharine Shilcutt