I wanted to report the strangest (but delicious) dining experience from last night. I have to admit, I am a native San Franciscan that had never dined at the old Hawthorne Lane, but being impressed with the website and menu (with the apple pate' luring me there) that I decided to take one of best friends to TWO at hawthorne lane.
We were seated in the 2nd room which was great for us as the bar room (love the decor and the music was great....though I hear that there is resistance with old time diners at Hawthorne and yes, it's more of a fancy schmancy hipster vibe now). Our waitress (which is 50% of a dining experience...) seemed a bit frazzled because of a large party that was also dining in the 2nd room, we hear that it was actually a slow night though - but we stayed patient. She disappears after taking down our wine, but doesn't ask for any appetizers (which we already knew what we wanted)....she makes it back and as we ask for the pate' - it's no longer on the menu - we removed it a week and a half ago. THE WEBSITE needs to be updated for an upscale place trying to keep up with it's old predecessor.
Anyhow, the worst part is that she FINALLY returns this time taking our order (she seems very insecure....not sure of her waitressing that night). And our hearts were excited about the steak - ribeye with bleu cheese butter on....."I'm sorry, we just ran out - the big party before you. took the last....we don't even have ny strip either....how about our COWBOY steak? enough for two?).
She disappears again. Comes back and actually says, "Ok. (as if nothing had happened). We found them. They must have been hidin or something."
Needless to say, it was a strange dining experience and I am exhausted writing this, but it's a story that HAD to be told.
Now with the food raiting scale of 1-10:
Biscuits and flatbread that come before your meal - 10+++
Summer vegetable salad with tomatoes, avocado and parmesan - 8
Sardines with cucumber....salad - 8
Bone Marrow - 10
Creamy Polenta (side) - 10+
Brussel sprouts with caremelized onions - 7
Rib Eye with bleu cheese butter - 7 (would have been a 10+ had it actually been served medium rare as we ordered)
the ice cream sandwiches are 8.5, definitely a treat.........