Somehow I ended up eating at four brand-new restaurants here in the neighborhood over the weekend:
1. Off the Beaten Path — The new perma-popup in the kitchen at Bruno’s, Wednesday-Saturday. It’s in the main bar area of Bruno’s, not the little side room where KronnerBurger was, which means that if you’re there later in the evening on Friday, the staff starts moving you out of the way so big groups of club people can start ordering bottle service. Which is kind of cool. Two kinds of wings, both great. Get: THE LAMB GRINDER.
2. F.O.B. Kitchen — The Filipino popup that’s been popping up down at Doctor’s Lounge in the Excelsior. This past Saturday, they did their first brunch popup at Cease & Desist (fka Buffalo Wild Wings) here in the Mission, on the same block as Bruno’s. It seemed pretty slammed, so hopefully they’ll be back. Everything was awesome. Get: ONE OF EVERYTHING.
3. Buttermilk — This is the oldest of the bunch, but this was my first visit since they’ve been hard open. (Tried to go to the even newer Spice Jar across the way, but it was real slammed.) This is really solid southern food, and there’s sidewalk seating, and the weather’s been pretty perfect for it. Get: THE GUMBO. (It’s an appetizer, not too big, just right.)
4. Old Bus Tavern — New brewpub in the old El Patio space, out near El Rio. The brewing isn’t fully operational yet, but they’re open for business and doing some cool stuff. The burger (pictured) was hella good. The spaetzle was really different and really good. Get: THE BUCKWHEAT CORNBREAD WITH HONEY-MISO BUTTER
[Photo by PizzaHacker]
UPDATE: Check it out, Old Bus’s publicist just sent us this official photo of the burger (by Karl Mollohan)…