Halloween is back. Perhaps not as large as it once was, but after the annual spookfests took an unplanned hiatus last year, we’re not complaining. Here’s what our Northern California...
On a recent Saturday, we had a delicious brunch in the Hayes Valley of San Francisco at a restaurant called Straw. It’s on Octavia Street and conveniently located in a neighborhood where we could actually find parking. Just look for the sign in front with a carny in front of a knock-down cat game. The restaurant is carnival themed with Coney Island photos, knock-down cans, and ride signs. We lucked out and were able to sit in the Tilt-a-Whirl seat.
The food here is really good — not what you would expect for carnival fare. We had apple beignets (called State Fair), the Rocky Mountain Madame (open faced sourdough bread with a hole cut out for an egg), and then proscuitto with sauce on top with a side of potatoes and a side of pumpkin pancakes. Matthew had Wilber’s Revival, which was pork hash and grits. They even came out with a special platter for us which was a roller coaster design made with ketchup!
We are going to have to return for dinner to have the Ringmaster, which is a burger inside of a glazed doughnut! And we got Mary Jane candy with our check which, came in a jewelry box with a picture of famous conjoined Siamese twins. Our waitress was super nice and was interested in checking out the ACE website. For more about Straw go to http://www.strawsf.com/.
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— Emi Pearce
— photos: Emi and Matthew Pearce