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CLOSED The emphasis is on seasonal organic produce and slow-cooked food at this sleek, modern addition to the PlumpJack restaurant group, and the resulting stylish comfort food is entirely delicious. We've enjoyed starters of succulent pork belly paired with lentils or a surprising salad with strawberries and rhubarb, and silky ahi "crudo" topped with olive oil and almonds; and entrees of roasted pork with cabbage, onions, apples, and guanciale, and lamb with butter beans, kale, and fennel. You can follow exquisitely cooked fish (halibut with three kinds of peas, for example) with equally exquisite desserts (a citrus assortment or a flourless chocolate cake). Jack Falstaff is two blocks from the Giants' home, SBC Park, and it joins the stadium's Acme Chophouse as the best restaurants in the neighborhood.
Even though I do, as the lyric goes, love a parade, it's rare that I bestir myself to watch one in the flesh. My favorite parade memories are of accidental, almost tangential sightings: unexpectedly watching the Macy's balloons being blown up the... More »
Chef James Ormsby is cooking wonderful organic comfort food in a modern setting at this newest member of the PlumpJack family, located just two blocks from SBC Park. His "slow food" approach includes milling his own flour, creating an array of exotic bar snacks that can be packaged to take with you to the game, and sourcing the best ingredients from myriad local and international purveyors. Ormsby matches his braised and roasted meats and lightly cooked seafood with complementary... More »
Our opinion of fried chicken is monotonous: We like it. Big juicy chickens, small tender chickens, thick crunchy coating, thin crisp coating, spicy, bland -- lots of choices, lots of styles, lots of price ranges. And we like proper fried chicken sides, too, with points for real mashed potatoes and for biscuits or corn bread. These places serve the best in the city. Jack Falstaff 598 Second St. (at Brannan), 836-9239, www.plumpjack.com It's not always available (the... More »