Newly open (as of last night) on 24th Street in the Mission is FOXSISTER from chef-owner Brandon Kirksey and his partner Kristina Farino. Kirksey’s background includes working at Flour + Water, The Slanted Door and Jardinière and opening Girin Ssam Bar in Seattle, where Kirksey was deeply inspired to explore Korean cuisine further (plus travel in Korea).
His creative Korean project is meant to have dive bar DNA, with a low-key yet high-energy vibe. The menu is inspired by “anju” (Korean drinking snacks that are spicy and crunchy) and family-style dishes (like bo ssam) for your posse to enjoy. The menu includes handmade noodles and rice cakes, spicy fried chicken (three kinds), ribs, bulgogi, savory pancakes, and hot pots.
There are fun dishes, like squid jerky, kimchi nacho cheese dip (sign me up), and other stoner-friendly bites, like dumplings. Ingredients are made in-house and by hand, like his signature spicy miso paste (ssamjang) and fermented vegetables, including various kimchis and more. There are also some vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.
Drinking options include soju cocktails, plenty of beer (local and Asian), wines, and more. The space has a fun design, including punchy tomato-red booths, a glitter bar top, and local artwork inside and out, including a full-wall wheatpaste collage by Seattle street artist Cheyenne Randall. Music will also figure prominently, with guest DJs spinning old-school hip-hop to punk.
Open Sun-Wed 6pm-10pm and Thu-Sat 6pm-11pm. 3161 24th St. at Shotwell, 415-829-7814.
The red booths and collage artwork at Foxsister. Photo courtesy of Foxsister.