State Bird Provisions Review, San Francisco
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State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore St (between Ofarrell St & Geary Blvd)
San Francisco, CA 94115
Why did we dine here? – State Bird Provisions has generated lots of positive buzz from Bauer to fellow food bloggers, with its excellent food and unique dim sum cart like serving system. 4.5 stars on Yelp.
They describe their cuisine as “An adventurous, inventive, delicious, thoughtful contemporary American restaurant [CA native].”
Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski (Rubicon) are the chef owners and have created a hit. The restaurant is down the block from The Fillmore. Stroll over to Japantown afterwords to burn off those calories.
Insider Tip – Get there early, 5:45 without a reservation. Reservations are tough.
Cuisine – New American Tapas, Small plates
Location – Fillmore, Japantown
Opened – 2011
Service – State Bird Provisions had very good service with servers roaming through every couple minutes. They also provided helpful guidance.
Verdict – State Bird Provisions is an innovative restaurant with excellent food served in a fun manner. They exceeded our high expectations with top notch combinations and ingredient quality. We recommend you order some items off the menu, then explore all the wonder food that comes by. Try to sit more closer to the kitchen, you’ll get access to more items.
State Bird Provisions Signature Dishes – Quail, short ribs, beef cheeks.
State Bird Provisions’s Menu features about a dozen starters and 6 larger plates. Some items need to be ordered, while others circulate around the dining room on carts or trays. Menu changes frequently.
State Bird Provisions Food Picks:
hass avocado with seafood ‘salsa’ ($8) came to our table from the cart. Fresh shrimp in a red sauce mixed well with the guacamole. Tortilla chips on the side.
‘green garlic bread’ with burrata ($8) was stellar. Crisp fresh roll with lots of soft cheese poured on top. Peppercorn infused oil.
‘soft poached egg’, parmesan-katsuobushi crumbs ($8) had a perfectly cooked egg with slightly overly robust flavors. Crunchy topping.
tuna tartare with toasted quinoa ($6) was excellent. Crispy quinoa on top of chunks of fresh fish.
CA state bird with provisions ($16 for whole quail) is their signature dish and a must order. Excellent deep fried buttermilk breading with tender meat inside. Wow! We were ready to order another one!
cumin lamb with scallions, date & agretti ($10) did not overwhelm us with cumin flavor or gaminess. Tender chopped up lamb and lots of veggies.
beef cheek salad, radishes & bone marrow ($18) was excellent, with its melt in your mouth meat and interesting wild greens.
Duck salad ($8) with celery root was a very good combination. Chewy duck with some crispy vegetables and candied almonds.
milk chocolate sesame crunch, clementine-cocoa jam ($5) was nice and low cost, with a crisp cookie like component.
chocolate-coconut ‘ice cream’ sandwich, crispy pecan streusel ($5) looked great and was the nicer of our 2 desserts. Good portion size, high quality cookie and ice cream.
rose meyer lemon soda ($2) and cacao soda ($2) were homemade and possessed subtle flavors.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
oysters on the halfshell ($2 each) house made vinaigrette was far too sour.
glazed pork ribs with spigarello & togarashi ($20 for 4) were ok, smoky, not stellar.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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