Grown up grub made by not-so-grown ups

Published On 06/21/2010 Published On 06/21/2010

The idealistic schemes of dreamy undergrads tend not to pan out, which is too bad, 'cause today's society is totally ready for that literary Marxist travelogue cookbook for kids. Carrying youthful ideas to tasty fruition, Sons & Daughters.

Movin' into the old Cafe Mozart space, S&D's a small but impressive Cali-cuisinery from three buddies -- all under 30 -- who've been kicking the idea around since college/culinary school; the dining room's lit by classy glass chandeliers that hang from the purple ceiling, while beneath lies a clandestine wine cellar with a communal table for private dining (officers eat upstairs). The constantly evolving grub (available prix-fixe or a la carte) ranges from a succulent lobster tartar with caviar, shiso, and powdered roe; to sweetbreads with pork crisps, grapefruit, and purple potato; to black cod with uni, mushrooms, and a dashi broth with ham hock (though who among us doesn't want to attack ham?). While dessert consists of stuff like sweet creme-aided dark chocolate truffle cake and melon soup with buttermilk sorbet, the 50+ bottle wine list's composed of mainly Californian/European varietals, e.g., Domaine du Salvard Sauv Blanc from Alsace, and a Willamette Valley pinot called St. Innocent, the patron saint of OJ, according to a glove.

S&D also boasts a plush little parlor room in the back, intimately lit and studded with comfy chairs n' couches, where they implore you to have a drink even if your table's ready, an idealistic scheme that'll pan out just fine, since your undergrad dream of drinking is alive and well.

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1. Sons & Daughters 780 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Union Square)

This Michelin starred, petite neighborhood resto in Nob Hill offers a small but impressive array of California inspired cuisine from a trio of friends-- all under 30 -- who own and operate the restaurant. Great for date night, Sons & Daughters' cozy ambiance and refined fare are sure to impress. If you're looking to go all out, try the tasting menu. The seven-course feast, peppered with ome extra amuse bouche and bread courses along the way, including appetizer dishes before each main course, may be a bit steep, price-wise (it rings in at $115 per person), but knowing that all of the ingredients on your plate are locally sourced from Sons & Daughters' farm in Santa Cruz helps make the price tag a bit easier to swallow.