Got a chance to have a dinner at Kitchen Story a few weeks back.
We went midweek and ended up getting seating just as the crowd hit. FYI – I have to say even with a mixed crowd – the people were in that “extra cool with each other place” that night.
We went as a group to catch up and to sample the goods. Several of us had eaten there for brunches and liked it so were eager to try dinner. The vibe and feel of the place is comforting and works hard to ease you along and relax you.
We sampled a bunch of the apps including the rocken Millionaire’s Way; the sadctive marriage of bacon, grilled organic asparagus and homemade smoky maple syrup sauce on a plate. This was one of my fav tastes of the night – but if you are a fan of crisp bacon- they use a meaty thick cut – you ask your server to make it more well-cooked for you.
Kitchen’s Pumpkin fries, Ahi Scoops and Castro Tower all took home good ratings that night as well.
For entrees – we had a mixed bag of reactions. The Castro Sea (20$) was vibrant and a great size, offered lots of solid flavor.
Two of us went with the fried chicken variations, aka the Finger Lickin’ (18$).
While the chicken was nicely cooked it somewhat lacked flavor and the coating itself was bland. While not bad tasting – it paled what compared to the vibrant flavors of the other dishes.
We also tried East Feeds West (22$)– which was both visually and taste wise pretty good. Textured with a balance of heat, gooey, sticky, and solids all blended for a great place. It also was a substantial portion. I would order it again on a future visit.
3499 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
b/t Dehon St & Sanchez St in Castro