Gung Ho Now Serving Lunch and Dinner in the Design District
The other day we stopped into the Design District's new Gung Ho, a casual "San Francisco-style Asian" restaurant across the street from the fortress of Zynga. It's the first brick-and-mortar from Seoul Patch pop-up chef Eric Ehler, and we predict it will be insanely popular with the office lunch and happy hour crowds once word gets out. Ehler made a name for himself and his pop-ups with items like his fried chicken sando, and Gung Ho's short lunch menu of sandwiches, ramen, bibimbap, and other comforting classics sounds extremely promising.
Anna Roth Gung Ho's chalkboard menu.
For the post-work crowd, there are snacky things like fries, wings, English muffins stuffed with pork belly, fried Brussels sprouts, and kimchi pancakes, plus a few entrees like Hanger steak bibimbap, the most expensive thing currently on the menu at $15. But the menu will change with the seasons, and the Gung Ho team is still feeling out the startup-heavy neighborhood to see what hours and menu items it responds to the most.
The decor is minimal -- Edison lightbulbs, black metal stools, a reclaimed wood bar that the team built themselves, a large chalkboard menu as you walk in. But the room doesn't feel sterile. Large windows let in a lot of light from the street, and low, cream-colored couches along one wall give it a bit of a lounge-y vibe.
Anna Roth The main dining room at Gung Ho.
Seriously, head over there for lunch before it gets so packed you can't get a table.