Serving up comfort food with a serious twist
Finn Town sounds like a Scandinavian food place, but the brunch and dinner menus are home-and-hearth comfort food just like grandma would make (if grandma had the gourmet skills to be featured on Top Chef).
“The cuisine itself is contemporary comfort fare with a twist,” Scott said. “It’s everything that we’re familiar with, everything that we understand, everything that we crave on a daily basis. We bring that on a contemporary side, with a twist. It has everything that we know, but then there’s a little nuance, there’s a little twist to it that surprises people.”
So what is this “twist,” exactly?
Look no further than the Finn Town Burger, an epicurean double-decker that’s proudly prepared with American cheese. “We take our hamburger meat which is done just for me by Golden Gate Meat Company, a third-generation family-owned meat purveyor in the Bay Area, and they grind this hamburger made just specifically for Finn Town,” Scott told Thrillist. “Then we have this proprietary mix that we have done, which is the umami bomb.”
If this has you jonesing for the dearly departed Umami Burger, hold on because it gets even better.
“What Jason Raffin, our chef de cuisine has done, he’s come up with this salt mix that has porcini powder in it,” Scott continued. “We crush it into the outside of this amazing house-ground hamburger that comes just for us, hit it with this spice that goes directly onto our plancha -- we don’t do a grill, it’s a plancha so it’s that really hard sear.”
“Once it’s caramelized and gorgeous on one side we flip it over and we add American cheese,” Scott said, praising American cheese in superlatives I’ve heard from no chef ever before. “American cheese is what we’ve known for so many years. It’s our favorite cheese out there. American cheese is layered on top and bottom, and we make our own homemade Thousand Island sauce, which is a three-cooked egg Thousand Island.”
The burger is served up on a house-made bun. In fact, every bread at Finn Town is house made -- from cracked-wheat oat bread to salt and pepper crackers.