There’s a new ofshoot of Alexander’s Steakhouse that has opened in SoMa called ALX, a gastropub open day and night. Executive chef Jessie Lugo (who trained with Acquerello’s Suzette Gresham and was most recently at Alexander’s Steakhouse SF) and her best friend, executive sous chef Emily Lim, are offering an upscale pub menu with dishes like goat cheese tater tots (aka Totes M’Goats Tots), Duroc sticky pork ribs, and market greens dip (a play on spinach artichoke dip) with chicharrones for dipping.
Mains include beer can chicken with dirty rice, pickles, and yogurt, and of course an attention-getting burger: the foie-gyu burger ($35), a blend of foie gras and Wagyu beef with sun-dried tomato jam (there’s also a simpler cheeseburger for $15). Churro taco for dessert sounds like trouble. Dishes are made with well-sourced local ingredients and feature many housemade items, like the bacon, fries, chips, and hot sauces.
Beverage director Barry Horton has put together a list of Californian beer and wine, and the cocktails will rotate seasonally (right now, there’s the Stone Cold Summer, with Scotch and housemade peach syrup, finished with lemon, bitters, and soda water).
It’s a roomy space (5,525 square feet), with a capacity of 80 guests (split between the bar/lounge and main dining room); it was designed by D-Scheme Studio. Concrete floors contrast with live-edge wood tables and black leather bar stools. The bar also features three TVs, so here’s a place to go on game days. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, happy hour 5pm-7pm, and dinner nightly 5:30pm-10pm. 680 Folsom St., Suite 125 at 3rd St.
The bar area at ALX. Photo courtesy of ALX.