CRAVE: Ahi Tuna Scoops!
Getting into a good brunch spot is pretty much a marathon sport in San Francisco. I’ve gone Sunday morning runs where the entire city is dead, not a soul to be seen and a sleepy quietness along main streets that are usually bustling with shoppers, bar goers, or dinner dates. Yet, in this oasis of quiet I always find a dispersed crowd of people clustered about in groups waiting for a table at Blackwood in the Marina district.
Something here has got to be good.
Waiting in a line isn’t the end of the world for me, but we decided to be smart about how we could possibly avoid a potentially excruciating wait. The full proof way to skip the line? Go for weekday brunch.
Bingo. No line, no reservations, just a nice little patio seating on a crisp, sunny fall San Francisco day. Blackwood is an Asian American fusion spot so prepare for unique twist on their omelets, salads, and sandwiches, as well as the addition of fun items like Thai street rice plates, stone pots and curries.
The best thing you can do here is order some of the Ahi Tuna Scoops to start. These are pan-seared pieces of Ahi tuna, crusted in sesame seeds and topped with spicy cucumber, seaweed salad, ginger and wasabi cream sauce.
I’d been having a rough week myself, and despite a wide selection of Asian influenced cuisine, I decided to stick with my comfort food of choice: burgers.
My choice, the BW Burger, was a wagyu patty topped with white cheddar, cilantro aioli, and Thai salad, the last of which added a heavy dose of sweet I wasn’t expecting. Enjoyable none the less. Side note, I’m also addicted to those crispy russet wedges that came with it, another win.
My lunch mate ordered the Mango Chicken Stone Pot as this seemed to be a unique item they were known for, but was not that impressed. In the mix: Fried egg, mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts, asparagus, pimento, cucumber.
Blackwood is actually part of a mini restaurant group in San Francisco, with sister restaurants Kitchen Story, in the Castro, and Sweet Maple, in Lower Pac Heights — all usually with a wait, so don’t think going to one or the other will save you. I’ve had the pleasure of dining at all of them and you can definitely see consistencies between the menu and food. If I was to pick, Sweet Maple would be my favorite, Kitchen Story a close second, and Blackwood my third.