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Monday, August 10, 2015

Dirty Water Launches Lunch

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click to enlarge BLTA sandwich - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
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Earlier this month, Dirty Water kicked off lunch service. Yes, the popular axis deer tartare dish is intact and remains a must have — SF Weekly’s Peter Lawrence Kane shared the savory details in his July 15 writeup. The restaurant slash beer brewery slash bar, situated among the ground-floor eateries in the same building that houses Twitter’s HQ, looks like a key part of the eating scene unfolding in the mid-Market area.

Dirty Water's BLTA sandwich is a good take on a summer classic: chunky grilled levain bread lathered with mayo, perky lolla rossa organic green lettuce, juicy tomatoes and sliced avocado. The lunch menu from Chef Chris Fissel (formerly of La Terrasse, Chez Nous & the Beach Chalet) is already steering away from the paleo trademarks that were a part of the restaurant’s summer debut. (In other chef shuffle news, opening Chef Jarad Gallagher is said to be devoting his efforts to the business side of the restaurant these days.) 

click to enlarge Espellete watermelon salad - MARY LADD
  • Mary Ladd
  • Espellete watermelon salad

For starters, there’s a pretty watermelon salad with Castelvetrano olive, watermelon radish, and goat cheese cream. (My brain was fooled at first because the watermelon was yellow with chunks that, admittedly, looked like moist ringers for butternut squash.) The dirty greens salad has apple and a dusting of Parmesan under a sweet-tangy charred citrus vinaigrette. Charred shisitos arrive plated over creamy cultured grits that are soaked overnight in vinegar, a deceptively simple process that seems to yield tasty results. There’s a fried chicken sandwich with chips that fills out the rest of the lunch menu and a burger is reportedly in the works.

Since lunch is never enough, look for weekend brunch in the coming weeks, including a cocktail called the Bloody Bull that's made with vodka, house Bloody Mary mix and beef stock.

Dirty Water, 1355 Market., Suite 180, 415-792-5101.

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