Straw is your Hayes Valley neighborhood spot serving carnival-inspired comfort food. There are accents from your favorite carnival throughout our decor and menu. Oh yeah, and a Tilt-A-Whirl booth.
It was Sunday and my brother and I were looking for a fun, new to us restaurant in San Francisco. Nothing too touristy. Nothing too formal. We found it in Hayes Valley. Straw! I made reservation online and requested the Tilt-A-Whirl booth.
Seated on time, we were treated to bowl of popcorn that's both sweet and salty, cold water in mason jars, and ping pong paddles for drink menus. I felt like a little kid and was so excited to try everything!!
Step Right Up! Here we are in the Tilt-A-Whirl booth! So much fun. Upcycled children's books use as menus. Straw offers dinner, lunch, brunch, kids menu, and drink menu.
Mini Corn Dogs
Hand-dipped all-beef evergood hot dogs with raspberry dijon dipping sauce. SO GOOD! The sauces were amazing, too. Great way to get the pallet awake.
Perfect wine selection that paired well with our carnival-inspired food. Just chilling in a fish bowl. Nice touch.
We ordered a bottle of the 2010 Leese-Fitch Sauvignon Blanc with "high-tone citrus zest aroma with minerality reminiscent of a brisk ocean breeze. There's a hint of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and tropical Pina Colada. The palate is zippy and alive with Lemon grass spice, but balanced with a touch of creamy tapioca to round out the mid-palate." wine.com review
It's a small restaurant with fun clown art on the walls and a big heart! Non-Profit Monday!
"Every Monday, Straw donates 10% of all food sales to a local non-profit. Over the past four years, we've donated more than $25,000 to non-profits throughout the Bay Area. Come in any Monday, and help us support the community."
ME: Fried Chicken -n- Waffle Monte Cristo.
cornmeal belgian waffle, crispy chicken, melted swiss, raspberry jam, powdered sugar, syrup, hand-cut fries (I got the sweet potato tater tots). The waffle was easy to pick-up, the swiss cheese added a nice flavor and the chicken was cooked to perfection.
BROTHER: The Ringmaster: Straw’s Famous Donut Burger
golden gate meat co. organic ground beef, melted cheddar & jack, house-made glazed donut bun, hand-cut fries add maple-glazed bacon. I had a bite of this and, to my surprise, the donut was not too sweet and paired well with the meat and bacon. Very lovely flavors.
My favorite was dipping the waffle Monte Cristo in the raspberry jam. The mix of sweet and savory was perfect.
Cotton candy nights, Moonshine nights, ferris wheel lights
The Ringmaster: Straw’s Famous Donut Burger - Side view
Fried Chicken -n- Waffle Monte Cristo - Side view
203 Octavia Blvd.
San Francisco, CA