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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Early Bird Special: Little Skillet

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge JEN SISKA
  • Jen Siska
Ah, summer, when a young man's fancy turns to chicken 'n' waffles. What is it about the Harlem classic -- an inter-meal mashup of homely comforts -- that's poised for revival? In the Tenderloin, Gussie's Chicken and Waffles is due to drop any day now. And halfway between AT&T and South Park, techies and others escape office cubes to line up for chicken 'n' waffles (plus neo-Southern favorites) at takeout-only Little Skillet (360 Ritch at Townsend). Weekly restaurant critic Matthew Stafford took his place in the queue to taste what all the ruckus is about, only to emerge with greasy fingers and a smile. He decided it was the perfect place to outfit a summer picnic, even one spent sprawled on a concrete loading dock. Read Stafford's full review at Catch a short taste after the jump.

Of course a picnic requires food and drink and stuff like that, and one convenient venue for stellar takeaway is Little Skillet, a one-window operation in SOMA. An offshoot of the upscale farmerbrown soul food restaurant at Market and Mason, Little Skillet follows farmerbrown's lead in serving a combination of nouvelle soul and Creole cooking with New American accents and locally, organically, and sustainably nurtured ingredients. Although the food here is far more casual -- chicken and waffles, po'boys, salads, a few daily specials -- there are plenty of options for a long and lovely lunch al fresco.

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