Photography: Arturo Cosenza, Stylist: Pablo Pavia
Ejector Report: Where do Ben Holder and Ricky Terry go to eat when they aren’t performing and producing a new album? Holder and Terry make up the local band Ejector, an electro-pop duo behind the original title song for Billy Clift’s Baby Jane? film that premiered at the Castro on Tuesday night, for San Francisco’s Frameline LGBT Film Festival.
Terry confessed via phone interview that the Baby Jane? song was “one of the fastest recordings we’d ever done,” and that the two were excited about being able to see the audience reaction when the song played at the close of the film. One of Clift’s requirements for the song was that the audience feel like dancing when they heard the song. Because Ejector is in such a busy and creative phase, Holder said that being involved with the Baby Jane? film project was an accomplishment, but that “we haven’t had time to think about it,” and that they were needing to figure out logistics for the premiere like “what to wear, and where to meet (before the film). We’re thrilled.” Ejector will be playing at the Main Stage on Sunday afternoon at the San Francisco Pride celebration, and have been featured at the Folsom Street Fair; they are booked for two SoCal shows for the San Diego Pride celebration as well.
Baby Jane? Music Video (warning: some explicit language)
Holder and Terry both live in San Francisco. Holder said they consider themselves lucky to have Richard Doyle (“Big Red”) who will cook for them “a lot when we are working. Often it’s ‘to order.’ His food is healthy, organic, and fresh.” The duo shared with Bay Area Bites the restaurants and eateries that they like to visit together, as well as solo (or with a date). The duo’s picks have been edited for length and grammar.
EJECTOR’S FOOD PICKS
Ricky: “Just around the corner from my apartment. Organic veggies and free range meats. Best breakfast burritos, super chicken! Crispy taco plate and home style chicken enchilada plate, and they now have a New Mexican version of a hamburger AMAZING!!! We lived off this menu while recording our album.”
Ben: “You can tell when we’ve worked on something (music-wise) and eaten Green Chile Kitchen. The (resulting) music is playful and light.”
Ricky: “Best sin ever; get a slice at 12am just before heading home after a grand night out.”
2251 Market Street (between Sanchez Street and Noe Street) Map
Lunch Monday-Friday: 11:30am to 3:30pm
Dinner Monday-Friday: 5pm to 10:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am to 11:30pm
Ricky: “Spicy garlic edamame, Rainbow roll and that wonderful brewed sake!
Strange thing, we always end up here for spur of the moment band meetings.”
Ben: “I like to order my rolls with rice paper or soy paper, which they do.”
Ricky: “Neighborhood bakery, best desserts in town!! Oh, and the chocolate tower cake…YUM!!!!!!!”
Ben: “Their hot plates to go save us.”
Ricky: “The Monte Cristo sandwich, with sour cream and strawberry jam on the side!”
Ben: “We lovingly call it Orphan Andrea’s,” adding, “It’s a no-brainer. Such a local staple, and always reliable.”
BEN HOLDER’S FOOD PICKS
“My comfort food pick is a ham-cheddar-tomato omelet. I’m kinda traditional.”
Ben: “During the week, this is where I go religiously for their breakfast burrito with coffee.”
Ben: “Dark chocolate is my favorite. Recchiuti’s toasted sesame burnt caramel is for when I’m shopping, feeling good, or… not so good. To be able to sit by the water and watch the antics there. We live in heaven, and I can’t think of anything more heavenly.”
RICKY TERRY’S PICKS
Ricky: “At lunchtime the line is out the door and this is a one man sandwich-making operation. I think this guy has a photographic memory or something. He takes several orders at a time and remembers my order from the last time I was there… over a month ago?!! Turkey sub, lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, with oil and vinegar.”
Ricky: “Volcano Roll with spicy tuna avocado, New Yorker Roll with smoked salmon avocado cream cheese. Best cocktails and a fabulous date night spot!”
Ricky: “I could go on for days about this place. First birthday dinner after moving to SF from LA, was absolutely the most spectacular meal I have ever eaten at a restaurant. The Ginger Lemonade was too easy to drink! This is a very special restaurant! Seasonal and organic, local veggies, meats, seafood, even local organic alcohol! The staff is AMAZING! Courteous, gracious, generous, a class act from A-Z!!”
“Vegetable Samosa, naan, raita, chicken Tikka Masala, best saffron rice. I have mostly ordered take out, but have eaten in a couple times. Either way, the food is consistently wonderful!”
Ejector performing at Folsom Street Fair in 2009. Photo by Wendy Goodfriend