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Irving Street Kitchen - 1st impressions

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Irving Street Kitchen - 1st impressions

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boerewors | | May 9, 2010 07:30 PM

My wife and I went at 7:15 Friday (opening night). 1st off I've been to Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope in SF...all of which I think are great restaurants. This is the same restaurantuer and I believe the chef is from Anchor and Hope and Pastry Chef from Town Hall.

Nonetheless, I had high expectations. Luckily, the food was great. I had the Gumbo ($8)as a starter and Halibut ($22)for the main. Wife had the bibb lettuce salad and Steak entree. We thought the food was as good as anyplace in town (Higgins, Paley's etc). Very good flavors and definitely a Southern Feel. The Wines "on tap" were interesting as well. The restaurant is very pleasing aethstetically, albeit quite loud (like the SF restaurants).

We will be back. Service needed to be more crisp, but I'll chalk that up to opening night.

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