Monday night after going to The Intersection art opening we lucked into a seat at the counter at Spork. The restaurant is named after the plastic utensils Kentucky Fried Chicken (the previous resident of this location) used to give out with their take home meals. A spork is a combo of a spoon and a fork.
I can still feel the architecture of KFC under the slick redo and I like way the new owners actually accent that seventies aura with the devo like uniforms, flat gray paint and large blow-up photos of hands signaling the corresponding large numbers on the walls.
The place packs up, with no reservations, so be prepared to wait or slide into the counter. Either way this is the place for prime time people watching, in a dimly, candle lit room that makes everyone look mysterious and delicious.
The food is fun and a salute to down home classic American cooking, made with local ingredients and all natural meats and sustainable seafood.
We had the bibb salad for $7, with shaved parmesan, walnuts, radish, dijon vinaigrette. It was like a cloud o’ lettuce, all fluffy and light and tasty. Another salad we gobbled down was a heirloom tomato and housemade mozzarella combination of cherry and large slices of tasty, beautiful red ‘matos with chunks of chewy cheese. If you request it you will also be brought a plate of pull apart rosemary rolls, hot from the oven. They reminded me of these yummy yeast rolls my Aunty Mich used to make and I haven’t found anywhere else before – and a bonus, they are complimentary at Spork!
For the main course we had the in-side-out burger for $14, a fork and knife burger with all natural grass fed patties, caramelized onions, tillamook cheddar, smashed fries. It was very good, but not terrific. Two patties sandwich a roll with onion and cheese on top.
Other items on the menu include:
mussels and pork – mediterranean mussels, roast pork, belgian beer, green beans, smoked chili aioli.
The devil wears pasta – fresh pasta, spicy italian tomato sauce, parmigiano reggiano
alaskan halibut – wild caught alaskan halibut, sweet corn, chiogga beets, tapenade, cherry tomato vinaigrette
berkshire pork chop – fennel cured kurobuta pork chop, mashed potatoes, gypsy peppers, olives
Check it out!
1058 Valencia (21/22 Sts) , San Francisco
Dinner Mon – Thurs, 6-10pm, Fri – Sat, 6-11pm