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, One Michelin star in 2014. The restaurant had a remodel and expansion in the middle of 2013. Their sister restaurant next door is also fabulous, The Progress.
They describe their cuisine as “An adventurous, inventive, delicious, thoughtful contemporary American restaurant [CA native].” We’d put it as New American Tapas. Our last visit to this popular restaurant was in December 2013.
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. Or hit the zen like Kabuki Spa.
Insider Tip – Get there early and line up without a reservation. You would have to arrive an hour and half early to walk in. Often times you line up and are then giving a later time to come back. Reservations are tough as hackers are gaming the system with bots. Sit as close to the front of the room as possible, food comes to those folks first.
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 new American 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 wonderful food that comes by.
State bird adds a $1.50 per person Healthy SF Charge.
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. The items (ten plus) that circulate through out the room are not on the menu.
State Bird Provisions Food Picks:
Pork belly grape salad with jalapeños ($10) pork belly was flash deep fried giving it a nice crust. Fatty and well worth the extra time on the treadmill the next day. Couldn’t really feel the heat.
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. On our latest visit in 2013, this bread was far more pale.
‘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.
Raw oysters ($3) are spiked with house-make kohlrabi kraut. They come on the cart, so you can sample one without guilt. Remember there are lots of different dishes to be had.
Chinese-style dumplings are filled with guinea hen ($2 each) with a citrus-spiked broth that explodes in your mouth, sort of like a Xiao Long Bao. Nice!
CA state bird with provisions ($8, $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! It was worth standing in line an hour for this ONE dish.
Smoked trout ‘creamed’ beets ($9) circulated around and looked good. Nice chunks of quality fish in an unusual combination with beets.
Homemade Potato Chips with horseradish creme fraiche and trout roe ($8) Another weird combo that works. Liberal amount of slightly fishy eggs along with awesome chips.
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.
Cocktail grapefruit granita, yogurt tapioca, honey-coriander syrup ($8) is a nice fruity ending with a strong bitter note. Toned down a bit by the sweet syrup and neutral yogurt.
Coffee toffee ‘ice cream’ sandwich, dates, ginger fudge ($8) is a must get. Pretty generous sliced up high quality sandwich. Reminds us of Bi-rite coffee toffee.
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 average, smoky, not stellar. Order other stuff instead.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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