Stock & Bones Company owns Town Hall, Anchor & Hope and Salt House. They are each very unique and exemplary San Francisco restaurants. Town Hall was the first in the partnership on Doug Washington and brother Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal.
Town Hall has been around a while. It started as a ‘nouveau California’ restaurant at the beginning of the food craze and the dot com boom. It was next to impossible to get a reservation, and it’s still not that easy.
Town Hall has some of the best wait staff in the city. They are efficient without being obtrusive. They know their food.
The menu at Town Hall has changed significantly today. They are focused on southern cuisine. You’ll find delicious crispy okra, hush puppies, barbecue shrimp, and the list goes on. We chose to have four appetizers instead of a main course, although we were sorely tempted to try Mary’s buttermilk fried chicken.
Although the menu is southern-centric, the guys at Town Hall take an eclectic California approach. There’s all kinds of local fish on the menu, duck leg confit, etc.
Faith’s warm ham and cheese toast had a poached egg on top with jalapeno cream. How could you possibly go wrong with that? The crispy calamari had an harissa aioli and tomatillo salsa. The tuna tartare was served with crispy okra and garlic chips, a really nice variation to a theme. Dave just had to try the pimiento cheese, a harkening from his childhood. He said it tasted just as it was, but I didn’t really care for it. We ordered a side of crispy okra, but we really didn’t need it as it accompanied the tartare. Prices are reasonable for San Francisco trendy restaurants.
Town Hall doesn’t open for dinner until 5:30, but on this Friday night at 5pm, the bar was rocking. They have two excellent bartenders who make artisanal cocktails – the latest trend in San Francisco restaurants. I normally order a Bulleit Rye Manhattan, my bellweather for a good bartender. The cocktail was spot-on.
Town Hall Wrap-Up
- Delicious southern cuisine with a California twist
- Nice atmosphere
- Great wait service
- Difficult parking
- Hard to get in sometimes (I use Open Table)