Eco Grub: Lunch at Kitchenette SF

Foodies in this town thrive on the unexpected.  Whether they are of the more daring San Francisco Food Adventure Club elk or get their thrills eating crème brulee from a street cart in the Mission, the City doesn’t disappoint when it comes to satisfying (and testing) a diverse selection of palate thresholds.

A new player on the novel-eating scene is Kitchenette SF, a small restaurant hidden among industrial warehouses in the Dogpatch area that bills itself as “spontaneous organic covert nourishment.”  Its spontaneity is demonstrated by the fact that a small number of organic dishes are prepared each day based on the creativity and cravings of the staff.  And as for covert, just try to find it behind rows of parked cars and loading docks, with just a small store sign to tip you off that you’ve reached the spot.

The local and made-from-scratch menu reflects the availability of fresh ingredients and the culinary tastes of the Kitchenette SF chefs, whose combined resume includes stints at top-notch eateries like Chez Panisse, Incanto, Zuni Cafe, Eccolo, Ad Hoc and Fog City Diner.  The selections change daily and include sustainable and quirky options such as the Fatted Calf Fennel Sausage sandwich (w/house-fermented sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard) or the California Ranch Chicken sandwich (w/slow smoked pork belly, avocado, pickled mustard seed ranch dressing, smoked onions and arugula).

My lunch order included the crispy Spring Vegetable Pan Bagnat, which was made with grilled asparagus, bellwether farm fromage blanc, peas, knoll farm fava greens and shaved fennel olivada that I washed down with a refreshing glass of Kitchenette SF’s housemade lemonade.  The prices are average (roughly $7.50 an item) and the food is definitely worth trying for a welcome change to the typical grab-and-go lunchtime experience.   So employ your sleuth skills and seek out this tasty, kitschy eatery.

Kitchenette SF is located at 958 Illinois Street in the American Industrial Center.  Food is served from 11:30am – 1:30pm Monday thru Friday.  This is a cash-only restaurant, but there is an ATM machine at the Sundance coffee shop around the corner if you find yourself out of $$.

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