Straw (carnival themed diner), SF Hayes Valley
Who's been to Straw, the new carnival themed diner in SF that opened in January 2011? It's suppose to have local, organic, free-range stuff & fun foods:
Highbrow Lowlife (truffle oil popcorn $4.5)
Wheel of Fortune appetizers (Parmesan-cayenne corn fritters w/ creme fraiche $6.5)
Entrees like Dunk Tank (crab beignets, $12)
Walk the Flank (steak $14)
lots of "carny sandwiches" & sides
Weekend brunch - menu online
ex: play with your food 6.5 (jenga french toast)
203 Octavia (at Page)
Monday thru Friday 5-10pm
Saturday 10-3 & 5-10pm
Sunday 10-3 & 5-9pm
I went opening week and had a sandwich, the bal'more (dungeness crab, old bay remoulade, malt vinegar). The insides were fine but I had a major beef with the bread; it was an unpleasant tough and chewy roll. We started with the easy cheese revisited, labeled as house-fried potato chips with cheddar bechamel. Trashy but tasty, though I'd try something else next time (the corn fritters looked interesting). I won't do a sandwich there again unless I hear they've switched to different bread.
I walked past last night at 6:30 and the place was packed. New kid on the block, but the demand at least for now is there. No alcohol yet.