Food & Drink

Sons & Daughters peeps present: lunch in Lower Nob

Opening today and backed by the guys behind Sons & Daughters, Lower Nob Hill's Sweet Woodruff is a weathered-looking takeout lunch spot that's about 75% open kitchen and 25% restaurant, ambianced by cured meat photography and a reclaimed oak counter with 10 stools, though unlike with some greasier spots, that won't also be what you take over the hour after lunch.

The menu's hung up on an antique pulley system, and splits your options into savory and sweet, with the former including to-go goodness like a Pheasant Hot Pocket served with housemade Tapatio and a sandwich with ghost pepper aioli-slathered Suckling Pig, exactly what relieves Kermit's stress before The Muppet Show. Sweet eats, meanwhile, include chocolate financier and chip cookies, plus lemon bars and a banana cream pie packed with their namesake sweet woodruff, a strongly scented herb that's actually got an interesting backstory: see, it's often confused by even skilled botanists as galium triflorum, despite -- wait, Pheasant Hot Pockets?!

They'll also start doing breakfast soon, and're planning a series of pop-up dinners where they'll put six stools at the chef's 12'x6' butcher block prep table so that, unlike during those post-gross-lunch hours, you can take it all in.