Recently I stopped by Common Sage, a new Euro-Japanese deli, cafe and market. It took over Blue Fog's space, opening in October.
The sandwich board outside promotes onigiri, sandwiches and ramen.
Common Sage sells beer, sake and wine, as well as some groceries, snacks, Sightglass coffee, and Japanese foodstuffs. So think of it as a re-invented convenience store with better food offerings for this neighborhood.
Omusubi (onigiri) is the main attraction on the menu board.
Sandwiches are available on Japanese style milk bread from Pinkie's in Bernal Heights.
Other than a few items from Pinkie's, most of the baked goods are made in house, including this refined version of pigs in a blanket. The chef/owner bakes his own levain bread and many kinds of pastries.
But I was here for the onigiri. They're made to order from a variety of flesh or vegan fillings. I tried the spicy cod roe one.
The rice was warm and the wrapper kept the nori from getting soft. But still the seaweed did not have the crackle of other versions. The rice seemed to be mostly a longer grain and did not stick together enough to hold the filling in. While tasty, this was a mess to eat.
When I arrived, there was one person ahead of me in line and one placing the order. Total time from waiting to order and pay until my onigiri was ready was 21 minutes. That's much too long to pick up a snack.
My next visit will probably be to explore some of the baked goods. What have others tried here?
1552 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109