If you’re curious about chef Ronnie New’s menu for the upcoming ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE NEW MISSION—which is opening December 17th—it’s going to reflect his New Orleans roots, plus some NorCal seasonality, and of course queso will be on there (Austin, represent). For anyone who has never been to an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, you will enjoy your meal and drinks while watching a movie, with stealthy servers bringing everything to your seat.
Snacks include popcorn with the option of truffle-Parmesan butter, housemade kimchi powder, sriracha flakes, or clarified butter; deviled eggs with smoked trout and dill; and general’s wings with garlic-chile, celery root, and apple slaw. Salads include a d’Anjou pear salad with watercress, fromage blanc, candied pecans, and rosemary vinaigrette, or a heartier Cobb.
Sandwiches have a burger (naturally), a breakfast burger (with brioche, bacon jam, fried egg, blue cheese, and arugula—perfect for a wake and bake and matinee), and I can’t wait to try their Nashville hot chicken. Vegetarians will be pleased to see the beet Reuben, with rye bread, “pastrami” beets, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing. The extensive menu also has pizzas, pancetta mac and cheese, and bourbon-glazed ribs. Boozy shakes, check, plus 27 beers on tap and craft cocktails. Freshly baked cookies include peanut butter banana, looking good! 2550 Mission St. at 22nd St.
Just down the street, the upcoming vegan restaurant and brewery CITIZEN FOX is currently popping up in the former Hapa Ramen space in the Mission, and they are expanding their hours for the holidays. Dinner is now available Wed-Sun 6pm-10pm, and brunch is still served on Sundays from 10:30am-3pm. Plus, they’ve brought bar manager Lauren Fitzgerald onboard to round out the cocktail offerings, so be sure to try some adult beverages while you’re there. 2293 Mission St. at 19th St., 415-688-4288.
In 2016, SMITTEN ICE CREAM is opening another location, this time in the Mission. They are taking over two storefronts on Valencia Street and will offer their house-churned and liquid nitrogen-frozen ice creams in seasonal flavors. As with the other locations, all of the ingredients are from local sources, including Clover milk and cream. 904-908 Valencia St. at 20th St.
And lastly, we received word from David Lynch a couple of weeks ago that he was putting ~ST. VINCENT~ up for sale, even after trying to rejigger things to be more manageable, although he asked us to keep it quiet. But now he’s talking about it publicly, so go enjoy your last glass there while you can.
Nashville hot chicken sandwich at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission. Photo: Cory Ryan.