The story: Young chefs Tony Ferrari and Jonathan Sutton started cooking together in their pop-up known as Bernal Supper Club. They wanted to create a communal spot to serve their food focused on local, sustainable ingredients. Three years ago they opened their permanent spot on the edge of Bernal Heights in their restaurant Hillside Supper Club.
Why I went: Hillside Supper Club has always been on my list to try. This weekend I was visiting my friend Craig, who lives nearby, so when we decided to get brunch, I suggested we check out the restaurant, which overlooks Precita Park.
The vibe: Blending with the neighborhood, the restaurant feels like someone’s home. The casual decor and cozy tables make it a spot for neighborhood regulars to drop in for a meal with friends and new acquaintances. The service is friendly, although sometimes a bit unstructured. The noise level, however, can sometimes seem deafening.
The booze: For brunch, they offer up the traditional mimosas (even bottomless) and Bloody Marys, along with beer, wine and coffee. I skipped trying any alcohol and Craig got a cup of coffee, which is made with Mr. Espresso beans.
The menu: The brunch menu is formed similarly like the dinner menu (which Craig and I looked over outside), which means limited items but all emphasizing local, seasonal ingredients. The dishes all seem to emphasize freshness or what’s in season. The brunch menu has some interesting items like Hillside “pop tart” ($7) and I saw several people order the Croque Monsieur ($15). I ended up trying the Smoked McFarland Springs Trout Cake ($18), that was like a crab cake but made with smoked trout, and then topped with a fried farm egg (which had an amazing orange yolk). Craig ordered the brioche French toast ($13) that came piled high like a huge cake, topped with creme fraiche and Devoto Farm apples.
My favorite dish: I really enjoyed the chopped radicchio salad ($9) we shared to start. The honey vinaigrette was delicious, making this traditional winter salad bright and lively, and the bits of toasted garlic were little hidden gems while eating.
The last bite: I wished I live near Hillside Supper Club because I would come here regularly because of the fresh menu and welcoming environment. Although the local, sustainable theme is the de rigueur of Bay Area restaurants, Hillside makes it seem natural and organic.
The rating: 3 out of 4 camera snaps
The deets: Hillside Supper Club, 300 Precita Ave., San Francisco. PH: 415.285.6005. Open for dinner Wednesday through Monday, from 6 p.m. (from 5 p.m. on Sunday), closed Tuesday; weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations, major credit cards accepted. www.hillsidesuperclub.com
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