By Brittany DoohanKitchen Story, which just opened in November of 2012, gives the Castro District delicious Californian cuisine that’s sprinkled with a touch of Asia. And this delectable fusion isn’t the only thing bringing customers back for a second, third and fourth taste.
If you love bacon (heads nodding), they’ve got the mother of all bacon — the bacon queen bee, if you will. Co-owner Steven Choi invented what’s called “millionaire’s bacon” — a slow cooked delicacy, masterfully covered in sugar, spice and everything nice. This sweet but savory treat has attracted foodies from all over, including TV foodies, like the Food Network. It’s a bit pricey ($6.50), but totally worth it.
If the “millionaire’s bacon” isn’t enough to lure you into Kitchen Story, their weekend brunch menu will (because hello, gays love to brunch). Let’s start with the drinks: They have a huge selection of morning-worthy booze! This selection includes: Spicy Bloody Mary’s, bottomless mimosas, refreshing berry spritzers, and variety of beer and wine — at reasonable prices, too!
Then, you know, after all the boozin’, you’ve got to eat! Dig in to their Mascarpone-filled deep fried French toast, or enjoy their Rib eye omurice, which is scrambled eggs over jasmine rice, marinated rib eye, carrots, cherry pepper, spinach, scallions and a demi glaze sauce.
Mr. Choi, born in South Korea, loves American brunch classics, but adds in Asian dishes and flavors as well. One of the most popular items on the menu is their $13 bulgogi burger, made with Korean-style marinated beef. Some other dishes include samosas, Ahi tuna salad and pad thai.
Choi used to be a bioengineer, but decided to focus full-time on the brunch business. Now he fuses his smarts with his passion for taste to create one pretty fantastic menu.
“Intimate space, unlimited ice tea refills, great service and perfect way to end a Friday night in good company. Highly recommend for quality home cooking at affordable and reasonable prices,” said Yelper Sophie C., from San Francisco.
Kitchen Story is open Monday-Sunday, 8am-3pm; Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 5pm-10pm; and Friday-Saturday, 5pm-10:30pm.
3499 16th St (between Dehon St & Sanchez St)
San Francisco, CA 94114