Central Kitchen Feature

Central Kitchen and Trick Dog

Central Kitchen and Trick Dog

I walk by Central Kitchen and Trick Dog on the way to the Giants day games.  Central Kitchen is a beautiful space, and I’ve been dying to go.  I went to Trick Dog when it first opened, and with a little time before our reservation, I took my sister Susie there first for a cocktail.  Trick Dog is known lately as THE spot for artisan cocktails.  Here’s their nutty bartender and a few very cool pictures of only a slightly-altered old space.  They make a darn good Manhattan, and Susie had an artisan, local bourbon, neat.

On to the amazing Central Kitchen.  The space is open and airy with a small patio between the restaurant and their Salumeria.  There’s a fountain in the courtyard made from a funky old big plumbing pipe.  The restaurant area is stark with views of the myriad of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling, and the chefs and waiters hard at work. 

CK Salad

Porchetta CK

We shared a delightful deconstructed salad with a marvelous swipe of avocado puree.  But the piece de resistance was the porchetta.  It’s $80 for two people, and it comes with small bowls of pickles, mustard and other garnish that accompany the porchetta quite well.  If you want this dish, you have to go early as they only cook so much, and the offering is very limited.

I enjoyed their wine list as well.  There are some real gems on the list from reasonable to expensive.  We enjoyed a Sean Thackrey, Sangiovese • Pinot Noir, Pleiades XXIII, Bolinas, C alifornia ’12 for a reasonable $55.

Central Kitchen is a part of the ne timeas restaurant group.  Christopher McNaughton  heads up the group of restaurants, including Flour + Water, Trick Dog, and Salumeria, next door.  I’m not sure why, but it’s way easier to get a reservation at Central Kitchen than it is at Flour + Water.  I find the food just as good.  Maybe it’s the awesome pizza at Flour + Water?

Central Kitchen

Price: $$$


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