Morrow's Nut House near Union Square in San Francisco
This tiny shop on Geary Street next to Neiman-Marcus sells Spanish peanuts, bigger peanuts with skins, walnuts, cashew butts, whole cashews, macadamia nuts, mixed nuts, many other nuts, chocolated nuts, dried fruit, and other snacks. The last Morrow's shop on the West Coast, it is rumored to be closing at the end of the year. The woman who waited on me, a garrulous sort, appears to be well acquainted with fellow tenants in the building, including a skilled tailor who works in an old tuxedo shop upstairs. She fries the nuts herself, and the cashew butts I bought were quite warm, a bit greasy, and delicious.
Morrow's Nut House
111 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Morrow's closing is confirmed by a sign in the window, according to today's Tablehopper Newsletter. Another institution, albeit part of a chain, gone!
It's a shame this place is closing. I remember going with my uncle and family when visiting SF as a kid. I was totally fascinated by the place, a place that only sold nuts.
I have to agree however, the quality went south long ago. Perhaps it was always a little "off" but I recall stopping by in the mid-90s and thinking to myself, this is gross and the prices are crazy. If the nuts were really good or spectacular, the price wouldn't have been a huge issue but it just didn't seem like a good idea.