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Farmer Brown Review

foodiegrl Jun 24, 2006 03:29 PM

Farmer Brown just opened in the 'Loin a few weeks ago, so we decided to go check it out. They are dedicated to supporting small, local & African American farmers.

Went last night around 7:00 PM - 40 minute wait for a table. They just started taking resos for small parties, but this fact isn't posted on their website yet. Drinks in the bar were dirt cheap (it was still happy hour) with specialty cocktails going for $3.50.

The space is dark & industrial with rustic touches - corroded tin paneling, distressed copper tables & folk art-inspired pieces on the wall.

When seated, we were presented with a little plate of mini cornbread muffins and biscuits that were fresh and wonderful - especially when paired with the red-pepper jam that accompanied them.

The menu was very approachable with riffs on comfort food dominating the menu. DH had the broccoli soup and roasted free range chicken with pecan-cornbread stuffing, I had the chopped garden salad and fried chicken with Tillamook cheddar mac & cheese. The beverage menu was inspired with bottled beer selections running the gamut from Red stripe to local craft brews. I had an honest-to-goodness sweet tea. Blue-bottle coffee was also offered, brewed one cup at a time.

The execution was nothing fancy, but the quality of their ingredients really shined through. The garden chop salad in particular was bursting with flavor from baby haricots verts, golden beets, sweet peas & red cabbage tossed in a light dijon vinaigrette that had a very nice horse-radishy bite to it.

We were too full for dessert, but the check came with a complimentary chocolate chip cookie that was might tasty.
Appetizers, entrees, 1 beer, 1 glass of wine & sweet tea came to $58 before tip.

Jay, the owner was also behind Bluejay Cafe & Emmy's Spaghetti Shack. The vibe is similar with a more polished edge. The service, though they just opened, was very friendly and efficient.

I would go back in a heartbeat - especially for more of those happy hour specials.

http://www.farmerbrownsf.com/

  1. Frosty Melon Jun 25, 2006 05:48 PM

    Good to hear positive things. Honestly I thought it was DOA, I really don't see myself heading to that corner for dinner. Also, the exterior decor is awful...black and navy blue, covered with bird droppings. Not particularly inviting.

    1. Carb Lover Jun 25, 2006 05:39 PM

      Thanks for the report! Sounds great and I must say that I dig their website! Photos had my mouth watering...

      Was the roast chicken half a bird?

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      1. re: Carb Lover
        foodiegrl Jun 26, 2006 06:36 PM

        Actually, it was an entire roast chicken, though very small - almost game-hen sized. DH remarked that he was very happy to see his bird was obviously not pumped full of hormones.

      2. Robert Lauriston Jun 25, 2006 05:08 PM

        Sure, Mason Street's the Tenderloin until you get to Nob Hill.

        1. b
          BlaineResident Jun 25, 2006 05:08 PM

          I think it's quiet most of the time, and when there was music being played, I didn't find it intrusive (i.e. no one was dancing :)) - it was more for the ambience than anything. But, I am sure the restaurant will be able to tell you. I am excited about that pepper jelly and those muffins.

          1. SteveTimko Jun 25, 2006 04:49 PM

            Mason and Market: That counts as the Tenderloin?

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            1. re: SteveTimko
              larochelle Jun 25, 2006 05:12 PM

              According to the Chronicle it is...

              http://www.sfgate.com/traveler/guide/...

              1. re: SteveTimko
                foodiegrl Jun 26, 2006 10:43 PM

                Mason/Turk & Market, 1/2 block from 6th Street - definitely the Tenderloin.

              2. f
                Fine Jun 25, 2006 09:40 AM

                Went there a couple of weeks ago--too dark to detect decor, waited a while to be discovered by server, but everything was uphill from there. The place was empty lateish--maybe a Sunday or Monday evening.

                Though I can't say I found the watermelon cocktail quite as flavorful as I'd expected, I imagine one can attribute that to variations in ripeness of a particular melon.

                I too loved the muffins, biscuits, pepper jelly, vegetable salad, and fried chicken. Since mac and cheese was never a part of my family menu, I've never developed a taste for it; BH thought it was terrific.

                BH had a tasty spicy gumbo special to start and pulled pork sandwich, which I didn't taste.

                Server couldn't have been more accommodating--bringing a taste of the rose I ordered that was almost a glassful! And stuffing us full of more muffins. She also seemed to sincerely appreciate our few suggestions.

                Fortunately for our taste when dining, there was no DJ when we were there. Thanks for the heads-up--do you know when it's quiet?

                I too would return in a heartbeat and have touted it to friends.

                1. b
                  BlaineResident Jun 24, 2006 11:18 PM

                  I went to FB last night and it was a great experience. The watermelon margarita is one of the best cocktails I have had in a long time - great watermelon color and not too sweet at all, just a really nice natural fruit flavor and almost a hint of cucumber. The spicy salt rimming the glass was a nice touch as well. Mirror Pond in jelly jars was fun. The gumbo was light and subtle, nicely flavored. I tried the fried chicken - unfortunately my first order had to be sent back b/c it wasn't entirely fried thru, but once they got it right it was really good chicken - maybe could have used a tad more salt but nice and crunchy and the macaroni and cheese was divine. The staff was very professional and nice and altogether this was a great place to check out. Disclaimer: my friend is a DJ there - but the music is a great ambience-setter. Hoping this place succeeds where so many before it in the location have not been able to..

                  1. Windy Jun 24, 2006 06:16 PM

                    sounds great--I've been meaning to try it. Do you know what time happy hour ends?

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                    1. re: Windy
                      foodiegrl Jun 26, 2006 10:42 PM

                      We got our $3.50 cocktails at about 7:15, but I think our bartendress was being nice. I believe it was over at 7pm.

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