San Francisco is so jammed packed with an endless array of sensational restaurants, it's easy to get overwhelmed by options and end up revisiting your old reliables time and time again. We made an effort on this trip to try out newer restaurants, not only to us, but to San Franciscans as well. Once you've been to a city more than a few times, it's time to start experiencing the city like a local, and that means trying new hot spots.
We found the charming Marlowe on a few blogs and sites (Eater SF rarely fails us). We never went to their previous, smaller location, but word is that the menu is more extensive in this new location with a full liquor bar. As usual on our trips, we had already stuffed ourselves with breakfast, so by mid-afternoon (and a very long walking effort to work up a hunger) we made our way to Marlowe and shared a few dishes.
Although cramped seating, the interior design is on point! It feels French cafe meets American farmhouse, with a bright, light vibe and wall to wall subway tiling complete with a taxidermied bull (is that a bull? I'm not quite up on my grazing animals).
We started with the di Stefano Burrata. Burrata is a newer obsession of ours. If you're not familiar, it is a creamy mozzarella and cream blend with a beautifully soft texture. Mixed with bitter greens and savory sourdough, it's unbelievably simple, balanced, and satisfying. Marlowe's burrata dish included grilled pears, crunchy hazelnuts, and an oregano vinaigrette on sourdough. San Francisco sourdough cannot be topped!
On vacation, afternoon cocktails are a must. Matt had the smoky La Cuchilla - a nice blend of tequila, mezcal, grapefruit, and maraschino. I had a prosecco special. Marlowe's cocktail menu is extensive and diverse. Something for everyone!
If there's a burger at a New American joint, we almost always have to order it. A perfect burger is often a reflection of an entire menu for us. Maybe it's because we both grew up on cheeseburgers, an American family staple (at least in the 80s and 90s). Marlowe's burger, topped with a mild horseradish aioli and caramelized onions, did not disappoint. I'm guessing their fries are housemade as they are dubbed "Marlowe Fries" and they tasted incredibly fresh. They have a sister restaurant (Marlowe Burger) that we definitely want to try next time. Overall, a solid lunch spot with a vibrant menu. Next time we come here, we will try the Deviled Egg Sandwich, some hindsight regrets missing out on that!
500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107