Cook Shoppe, which promised to have a great brunch and to reopen something similar to Chow in style and price, appears to have pleased some, but not all, of its early Yelp diners. The place debuts with a fresh coat of paint, a new TV over the front bar, and lots of hanging plants. And, notably, Cook Shoppe is serving food until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and is taking reservations.
Brunch prices are, indeed, pretty much in line with the former Chow, with omelettes running $15-$17, and there's an $18 brisket burger and a $17 "wet" breakfast burrito. But dinner prices are a few ticks above the always reasonable Chow, with entrees starting at $25 for a roast half chicken. There's also a $22 lasagna, and a $31 steak frites — for comparison, Chow charged $17.50 for their lasagna, and $22 for steak frites. Yelp complaints seem to focus on the price hikes, which in this day and age for a new SF restaurant are pretty inevitable, and there are some raves about several of the dishes including the lasagna, and the popcorn cake for dessert.
See the brunch menu below.
Blind Butcher, which we told you about the other week, is the new steakhouse from Lark chef-owner Coskun Abik, with a focus on beef and fresh vegetables. The place has but one Yelp review thus far, a rave from a very satisfied woman who was on a date night with her husband. She recommends the filet, the ribeye, and the lobster mac-and-cheese. The menu isn't online yet, but that one customer's feast of a meal, including wine flights and dessert, came to $170 for two.
Both restaurants are open 7 days a week, with Cook Shoppe open every day for lunch/brunch and Blind Butcher open only for dinner.
Cook Shoppe - 215 Church Street - Open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Reservations here.
Blind Butcher - 4058 18th Street between Castro and Noe - Open Sunday to Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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