Love books and coffee? Settle in at Word, a new café on Third Street in San Francisco’s Bayview district, to enjoy both. And if you’re hungry, Word serves up an array of wholesome dishes.

The café’s name is inspired by Carl Hall’s history of being a journalist and writer. In a Hoodline article, one of the founders of Word – Kat Anderson – says, “If I tell you something, I give you my word. Then there is just the urban dictionary definition of ‘word,’ meaning ‘truth.’ So we are in the pursuit of truth and authenticity and the basic wonderfulness of humanity, and we plan to maintain that one fine cup of coffee at a time.”

The café formally opened on Oct. 27. It serves breakfast and lunch (and on some days, brunch), with dishes ranging from homemade waffles to avocado toast with pomegranate seeds. A recent brunch featured three items named after streets behind Word, including the hot Latona, a homemade beef or Caprese empanada.

For café partners Carl Hall and Kat Anderson, Word is an investment in local culture, and they’re fostering community through literary discussions, excellent coffee, and an inviting atmosphere.

Word is at 5114 Third St. in Bayview across from the KT train’s Revere/Shafter stop, and it’s open from 7 a.m. to around 2 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.


Other news around Third Street:

Trivia buffs should set aside Tuesday evenings in November for Geeks Who Drink at Laughing Monk Brewery, 1439A Egbert Ave. Answer the most questions correctly and you’ll be crowned ultimate trivia champion and showered with gifts (at least a gift card or a free pint!). Trivia starts around 7 p.m.


The Bayview Community will revel in the arts on Friday, Nov. 17 at its monthly community-wide arts celebration, 3rd On Third. The three-hour event, which begins at 5 p.m. at Bayview Town Center (Mendell Plaza at 3rd Street and Oakdale Avenue), will feature food vendors, pop-up art galleries, children’s activities, and a beer and wine garden. Local talent will perform throughout the evening on the event stage.


Don’t miss “Reflections, a free exhibition of artwork by Marilynn Pardee and Marlene Aron at The Reclaimed Room that closes Nov. 16. While the artists work in different media (Pardee creates arts with industrial material while Aron draws from the natural world), together their art is a well-matched complement.  The Reclaimed Room, which is at 701 Amador St., is open daily from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.