Thanks for the warm welcome to Bay Area Bites! Last week was the debut of my first weekly Table Talk column, and I’m happy to be here with restaurant news, tips, and updates for you every Monday. This week, I have some hearty eats for you—from a new meat & three menu to some of my fave hefty deli sandwiches—plus a special guest tempura chef is visiting from Japan, and a fun Kentucky Derby party.
Town Hall Meat & Three
Looking for a spot to have an ample Southern Sunday supper? Town Hall in SoMa—which is approaching their 15th anniversary this November, so you know they’re doing something right—is now offering a Southern classic Meat & Three menu for Sunday dinner service (5pm–9pm). They’ve been offering an edited version of a communal-style meat & three menu for 2–3 people on their dinner menu, and now they’re expanding it to quite the to-do on Sundays.
Luncheonettes in the South first started offering meat & threes to their working class customers who wanted a taste of home cooking for lunch in the 1920s. Town Hall’s dinnertime version is $45, and is even more abundant than a meat & three, so come hungry. It comes with your choice of starter: chicken andouille gumbo or butter lettuces with apples, candied walnuts, and blue cheese dressing. For your main, you can try dishes like their famous buttermilk fried chicken (the recipe has been updated a bit, and is as delicious as ever), country pork chops with a tangy rhubarb mostarda, St. Louis ribs with Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, or grilled Skuna Bay salmon with chow-chow relish.
Your three sides should include their warm jalapeño cornbread, and you’ll note chefs (and brothers) Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal’s love of New Orleans in the smoked andouille jambalaya. Seasonal sides like grilled asparagus or spring peas with country ham keep it local, while crispy fried okra keeps it classic. And for dessert, you may get key lime pie (or carrot cake may be offered). They also have kids and vegetarian options, so all are welcome. If you want to go whole hog (har), you can order their country ham tasting platter (three for $39). And since Sundays are mellow downtown, you’ll get lucky with parking too.