Sunday, May 24, 2009

The glory of Kitchenette, San Francisco...

Kitchenette of San Francisco is a unique type of restaurant. Here's a recent write-up by Amanda Gold of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kitchenette:: The Dogpatch neighborhood is largely defined by industrial warehouses and storage garages, and based on its facade, Kitchenette fits right in.

At this space in the American Industrial Center, however, you'll find a gaggle of hungry lunch patrons sitting on benches out front. Some are waiting for food to come out of the open door a few steps above the street; others have already dug into the lunch boxes on their laps.

This out-of-the-way gem is the brainchild of a group of chefs who boast impressive pedigrees - think Chez Panisse, Incanto, Foreign Cinema and Betelnut, among others. Their daily-changing, street-food-inspired menu is posted online, or you can follow them on Twitter, where they post the daily menu.

On any given day, look for items like Korean pork tacos, Fatted Calf knockwurst on an Acme roll, pan bagnat or spring chopped salads (prices range from about $5 - $10). 4505's spicy chicarrones ($3), freshly bakes cookies ($0.50-$1) and one drink - a strawberry rhubarb refresher ($2), for example - are available for purchase to round out the meal.

Get there early for a guaranteed lunch - with just one or two main items each day, you're out of luck once the food runs out.

Vitals: 958 Illinois St. (near 20th Street), 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (or until food runs out) weekdays. No alcohol. Cash only.

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