Straw Opens in Hayes Valley Monday January 24th

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Photo from Thrillist.

Opening on Monday January 24th is ~STRAW~, a 30-seat carnival-themed restaurant (complete with a creepy carny in the building’s mural/sign, and a booth made from a vintage Tilt-a-Whirl). In fact, everything you see was made, sanded, painted, wired, installed, and restored by partners Ari Feingold, Maura Feingold, chef Naomi Beck, and Greg Kaye.

They are also going to make you wonder whether your new fatty physique is due to their menu, or here’s hoping it’s just the funhouse mirrors. Anyway, some brunch highlights include play with your food: Jenga-stacked French toast with maple syrup ($6.50), ode to j’s: pumpkin pancakes with honey-whipped butter and maple syrup ($8—a tribute to the former owners of the place, J’s Pots of Soul, and their incredible pumpkin pancakes), and the rocky mountain madame: egg in the hole sourdough toast with prosciutto, béchamel, home potatoes ($10). As for the lunch/dinner menu, appetizers include the gimme some lovin’: corn dog hush puppies with drawn butter ($6.75), and a variety of salads, like even cowgirls get the bleus (organic mixed greens, tomato, blue cheese, egg, avocado, buttermilk dressing $7), with the option to add chicken, shrimp, or beef to any of them.

There are around 18 different “carny” sandwiches to choose from, like the sure-to-be-discussed the ring master: a Krispy Kreme doughnut with a Niman Ranch burger sandwiched inside ($9.50), and the fire breather: wasabi tuna salad, jalapeño, sesame oil ($8.75), along with another 18 “classic” sandwiches, like the grilled pb&j ($6.75); all come with house-fried potato chips or organic green salad. You can also get side dishes like tater tots with blackberry-BBQ sauce ($4). All poultry is free range, beef and pork are sustainably raised, the mixed greens are organic, and all dressings, sauces, and reductions are housemade. Hours will be Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, and Sun 9am-9pm.