Get ready to take a trip to the Outer Richmond to visit the charming Pearl, plus the annual CHEFS fundraiser is here, get excited for the outstanding lineup of food and drink at this year’s Outside Lands, and the earliest bird gets the cheapest tickets to Eat Drink SF!
Meet Pearl, the Most Charming New Neighborhood Restaurant
6101 California St., San Francisco
Open daily starting May 29: 7:30pm–2pm, dinner Tue–Sun 5pm–10pm, brunch Sat–Sun 10am–2pm
There’s a new restaurant in the Outer Richmond that looks like it was picked up from Brooklyn, paid a quick visit to New Orleans, and got dropped off on the corner of California and 23 Avenue. Meet Pearl. Visually, it’s an immediately likable place, with soft and glowing lights, classic details (wainscoting, an upstairs mezzanine, original tiled floor from when it was a drugstore, Shumate’s), and an airy and comfortable look, complete with tobacco tufted booths. The team from Pizzetta 211 down the street is responsible for this charmer, with co-chefs and business partners Mel Lopez (Pizzetta 211, Baker & Banker, Aziza, Zero Zero) and Joyce Conway (Zero Zero, 20 Spot) behind the eclectic menu, with some general oversight from Pizzetta’s owner Jack Murphy.
The menu reads like an international and highly seasonal Cal-Med bistro, with starters like local halibut crudo ($14) with strawberry, Marcona almond, serrano chili, nuoc cham, and basil; a rather brilliantly executed chicory Caesar ($12) topped with crispy prosciutto, roasted garlic croutons, and shaved Parmesan; and roasted cauliflower ($10) with black tahini hummus, green chermoula, and almonds. There’s a trio of pastas, including a decadent handkerchief ($17) pasta, with white bolognese, grana padano, black pepper, and herbs, and well-priced and tasty mains include a stellar pork chop ($26) with twice-fried Amorosa potatoes, apricot mostarda, and broccolini. I’ll be back for seared local albacore ($24) with butter beans, roasted gypsy peppers, remoulade, and arugula. They will also be launching some large family-style platters, like a tomahawk chop ($120), so bring your hungry friends. The wood-fired oven will be adding its flavor to a number of dishes.
There’s a large bar on one side of the room, perfect for solo diners and guests looking for a sherry-centric cocktail from bar manager Nahiel Nazzal. There’s also a very Euro-centric wine list, with a nice mix of many French and Italian selections. Or maybe you just want a perch to read the paper and enjoy some coffee in the morning: they’re featuring Andytown coffee, and John Heffron, a Pizzetta alum—who also spent time at Andytown and Blue Bottle, and is one of the eight Pearl owners—will be running the coffee program.
Pearl is going to be open during the day, serving pastries and wood-fired oven bagels, and brunch on the weekends too. Outdoor seating will be coming as well, with blankets and heat lamps, because the weather is no surprise to anyone. And even though it’s meant to be a welcoming neighborhood restaurant, this charmer is going to be worth the visit, even if you live in Potrero.