The Window: Dishing Bayou by the Bay and Other Big (Easy) Treats
The Window started hosting pop up restaurants a few months ago, and now has a weekly rotation serving up lunch and brunch to go. The much buzzed about three-dollar-but-chewy-and-Brooklyn-y-enough-to-make-it-worth-it Shmendrix Bagel was at The Window recently, and every Wednesday Jablow's Meats serves up the Pastrami sandwich that made our Top 10 Sandwiches in San Francisco. Apparently artisan, organic ketchup company SoSu Ketchup is also getting involved. Could Balsamic Bacon Ketchup be the new official pop up condiment of The Window? The possibilities are endless. A full schedule is available here.
Tracie Grufman and Marisa Palen had worked together in the restaurant industry for years and decided to start something of their own. Inspired by their love of Cajun and Creole cuisine and a few trips to New Orleans, the pair started popping up at The Window in March.
This Cajun food was more about the cream than the kick, as a simple mixed green salad ($8) was served with a thick, avocado based dressing. The chicken and cilantro cream quesadillas were rich, but mild, encouraging slightly excessive dunking in a side of Louisiana hot sauce. The three maple glazed wings caught my attention most, as their sweet and tangy marinade not only brought flavor, but also a crunchy texture that covered the morsels of meat.
A few tables and bar stools are set up outside, where lunch breakers can perch to eat their food. Beware as the wind of our San Francisco summer picks up -- there may have been some flying alligator eggs. Once The Coffee Bar opens in July, you and your fried fritters can stay grounded, as Bayou by the Bay will be taking over the kitchen all weekend. Get ready for big, boozey brunches with bushels of beignets and other Southern grub. Said beignets have been Bayou's most popular item, receiving high praise and cult following from New Orleans natives who lauded them as "the best they've ever had." Let the good times roll.