Southern eats in an alley

Published On 01/30/2012 Published On 01/30/2012

Owned by three Tim Te-bros newly arrived from Florida, Hops & Hominy is a Southern-fried palace opening today in Union Square with a 140-seat, bricks-and-sticks interior that includes hardwood floors pulled from an abandoned roller rink in Petaluma and reclaimed bar tops 'n tables made of Pinot Noir-stained redwood and lumber from an old hops factory, likely run by Vince Carter.

Deep-fatted fare'll come from a subway-tiled open kitchen and include drool- /drawl-inducers like cornmeal-encrusted fried oysters, buttermilk batter fried chicken with baked mac 'n cheese, braised rabbit tortellini, and alligator po' boys, who should just sell off some non-vital part of themselves to pimp shoe stores.

Booze-wise, they'll have an extensive list of rotating American micros (from Deschutes to Allagash), plus in-the-works throat-stroking cocktails like a bacon-infused whiskey/maple syrup Old Fashioned, and the far-more-mysterious "Pork Chops and Apple Sauce", though considering the ingredient secrecy, it's hard to say whether or not you will indeed like them apples.

Still to come: six tables in the outside alleyway (weather permitting), where you'll be able to enjoy a launching-soon boozy brunch that'll no doubt be half-breakfast, half-lunch... half-amazing?

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1. Hops & Hominy 1 Tillman Place, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Union Square)

Tucked away in a hidden alleyway just off Union Square, this underrated Southern spot churns out crisp, juicy country fried steak, homey chicken & dumplings, and tomato-brandy sauced shrimp & grits. In case you couldn't tell by the name, you'll also find a strong beer selection on their eight rotating taps, though if hops aren't your thing you could always opt for a cocktail like the Smoked Bacon Manhattan.



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