They SAY you should never judge a book by its cover, but they've clearly never read the Playmates of the 20th Century coffee table book (which has even MORE naked girls inside!!) or been to No Va -- a Rainey St add that's all kinds of awesome outside and in.
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The exterior shell was originally an architect's home and has been slowly renovated into a restaurant space, with interior touches like a handsome wooden bar top and brass light fixtures designed by the guy who did La Condesa and pretty much every other cool-looking restaurant in town.
Entrees range from classics, like roasted chicken breast, to more creative takes on comfort food, like a sirloin marinated in beets. Everything is house-made, down to the ketchup and mustard on this house-ground burger that's a 70/30 mix of sirloin and pork belly.
The kitchen's cranking out bar food until 130a, like surprisingly labor-intensive flatbread pizzas (the dough-making & meat-marinating each take roughly 24 man-hours) topped with chicken confit, braised pork belly, avocado, and serranos, thus making it... a sure thing?
The bar program's helmed by a Peche alum, with a menu featuring Tiki drinks like the Queen Pomare Swizzle with green Chartreuse, Falernum, lime juice, pineapple juice, and El Dorado 12yr, plus a garnish that's not unlike the condition of your Elden Campbell rookie card (mint!).
And, of course, there're boozier numbers like the Gold Chord with Old Overholt, Cocchi Americano, yellow Chartreuse, Amaro Nonino, and bitters... also probably how anyone still living on Rainey St feels.