This week’s Table Talk has the details on Juanita MORE!’s new Sunday drag brunch at Jones (and other changes, like new menus and more), The Cheese School has reopened and expanded into a spiffy new location in Ghirardelli Square, and both Manresa and Greens return like phoenixes from the ashes after both suffered fires.
Sundays Are the Fun Kind of Drag at the Newly Launched MORE!Jones
Looking to add some sequins and sass to your Sunday brunch? You’re going to want to head over to Jones in Lower Nob Hill for Juanita MORE!'s new Sunday drag brunch, which is perfectly timed with our sunny Indian Summer weather. The spacious and plant-filled patio, which is a bit enclosed from our SF wind, is also the runway and stage for the drag performances that happen every 30 minutes (from 12pm–2pm). Performers slink and shimmy between the tables, so get those dollar bills ready.
Drag icon Juanita More! is known for her parties (including her famed Pride party), her tireless charitable work, and she’s also known for her cooking. But she’s moved out of her tiny Tenderloin kitchen and is now overseeing the restaurant menus and banquet services at Jones, with chef Cory Armenta (Fork & Spoon Productions, Hecho, Hi Tops) and food stylist Cole Church helping to execute her new vision. Meet MORE!Jones.
The menu has more Latin-Mediterranean flavors, featuring seasonal ingredients from Feral Heart Farm, and she loves to feed people, so expect some hearty portions and dishes, from pizzas to a half-pound burger (there’s also an Impossible Burger for those who want to an alternative to the meaty one, just be sure to request a poblano chile relleno on top!). She’s also serving an affordable three-course, family-style dinner on Wednesday evenings for $35 (Sept. 26th is beef and pork meatballs!), and there’s a late-night menu with queso fundido fries.
But let’s talk about this Sunday brunch (11am–3pm): there’s an open-faced chilaquiles sandwich on the menu that clocks in at $18, but it will hold you for most of the day (it comes complete with refried beans, eggs, and jack cheese), and your table should share Juanita's hangovah pizza ($18) with bacon, mushrooms, spinach, cheese, and runny eggs. Don’t miss a side of the spicy bacon. And then there’s Biscuit Island ($15), featuring her treasured buttermilk biscuits topped with seasonal fruit and vanilla ice cream. Grab some spoons, because everyone is gonna want to steal a bite.
Many groups of friends have pitchers of frozé on their tables, but there’s also a full bar with all kinds of cocktail options. The DJ adds to the patio party vibe, and the drag performances kick it into high gear (it’s not easy to get into full drag on a Sunday morning, especially with all that bright sunlight, so remember to tip big).