Every once in a while, we leave suburbia. And while this blog is about all the great things you can find without crossing a bridge or going through a tunnel, we'd be remiss in not mentioning some truly amazing things going on outside our bubble. Things worth paying a $6 toll or a $25 parking garage fee for. Which is what brings us to Straw, our first Outta the Burbs post.
Straw's carny cuisine started gaining buzz on local blogs like Grubstreet and Eater months ago, but just got its liquor license last Friday, which was enough to finally prompt a visit. We were lucky enough to sneak in before another duo could swoop the Tilt-a-Whirl table, seating made out of one of the carnival attraction’s retired red chairs. Newly outfitted with bright patterned pillows and a vibrant blue table, it took up a good corner of the already small dining area. The owner mentioned his desire to make the space feel more like a friend’s dinner party than a formal dining experience, and the collection of kitsch, low lighting, and tightly packed tables transforms the small space from cramped to cozy.
|Don't mind the finger, focus on the wings|
It’s intimidating in the sense that everything looks so inventive and playful that making up your mind sounds as daunting as sword swallowing. We settled on the Fireball (Mary’s free-range cinnamon sriracha buffalo wings served with a cinnamon cream) and the Mac Attack (mac n cheese with apple and Niman ranch maple-glazed bacon) for starters. We both loved the Fireball, especially the cinnamon cream dipping sauce, which D urged me to scoop up with my wing “like a nacho.” While he could have used more of a kick from the wings, my wussy mouth loved the restrained use of spice. The apples in the Mac Attack were a nice, crisp counter to the rich cheese and bacon, making the dish addictive, flavorful, and hard for our server to pry from our hands.
|Funnel Cake, with Cotton Candy and Corn on the Cob Gelato in Background|
|Conjoined twins, guarding our bill|
203 Octavia at Fell, San Francisco
Saturday 10am-3pm, 5-10pm
Sunday 10am-3pm, 5-9pm