It's so easy to understand why people love Top Chef, what with all the culinary drama, high-stakes challenges, and shots of Padma putting things in her mouth. Hoping you'll be just as interested in putting a former TC contestant's stuff in your mouth, Jake's on Market, opening tomorrow... on Market.
This warmly accented, red-hued American cuisinery from two SF natives will seat you at bull-rage-inducing cushioned booths, 16-person-seating high-tops, and 60 main dining room seats, all at tables crafted from PaperStone, proving that yes, Rock and Paper can work through their differences.
Helmed by the aforementioned TC alum (Erik Hopfinger), JoM's kitchen'll turn out starters like East Coast vs. West Coast crab cakes and pomegranate chipotle ketchup-accompanied World’s Best O-Rings, plus mains such as ground-to-order burgers (with bacon, bacon onion confit, and truffle bacon aioli toppings, natch), pizzas, build-your-own pastas, and apple cider-brined double-cut pork chops with fennel, ginger slaw, and cinnamon apple demi, which'll mean you'll probably want Moore.
Meanwhile at their 13-stool’d, white Carrera marble bar, they’ll be pint-ing four tap beers, wine glass-ing four tap vinos, and tumbler-ing 13 signature cocktails mixed by the US Bartenders' Guild's prez and including a Bourbon Baked Apple (apple juice/cinnamon-spiced syrup/lemon juice/ginger beer) and a Stormy Weather, which mixes rum, lime, bitters, and ginger beer, which was no doubt mercilessly picked on by all the Blondes.
In the next few months they'll expand their hours to include weekday lunches and even possibly breakfast, meaning that you'll be able to put Top Chef sausages in your mouth more often than even Padma.