UPDATE Feb 14, 2014
After a recent visit to Boxing Room with an older baby, I wanted to update this post to note that the restaurant is just as comfortable as it was on our first visit! The food remains delicious as well--we brought my in-laws and they were impressed and stuffed at the end of their meal. To top it off, M. tried her first alligator! How many one year olds can say that? From the look on her face, I think she agreed it tasted just like chicken :)
In my pre-baby days, Boxing Room in Hayes Valley was one of my go-to dinner destinations soon after its opening. The delicious food, convenient location, and proximity to one of my favorite bars (Smuggler's Cove, anyone?) meant I found myself there on a pretty regular basis. Friends in town? Boxing Room! Someone needs a restaurant recommendation? Boxing Room! And now I can add place to take my little one when the grownups need a good meal to the list.
A few months after my daughter's birth a dear friend asked if we could connect for brunch and a baby meet-and-greet. BR popped to mind right away, and I made a reservation, mentioning we were bringing in a stroller. When the day arrived I was elated to see several other families there with kids of all ages. Mine was the youngest, and since they were expecting a stroller we were seated at a table where we could wheel her right in.
While she slept, we ate, and I was pumped to discover the brunch is just as awesome as the dinner! We started with beignets, because really who doesn't start with them if you have the choice. I've spent a lot of time in New Orleans and have grown to love the food over the years, if not the heavy feeling I get after a great meal there. Boxing Room somehow spins California magic to recreate those tastes but without the heaviness, so there's always room for one of their awesome desserts!
I went for a more traditional two egg breakfast, but kept it NOLA with a side of andouille sausage and one of their yummy homemade biscuits. Hubby had the chicken fried steak, lightly sauced and seriously flavorful with grits (mmm, grits). And our guest had the gumbo, a super hearty bowl with an aroma that made us all salivate. Luckily she shared with the table.
As always, the service was on point, from the hostess who made us and our baby feel completely welcome, to the waitress who was attentive without hovering. At the end of our meal baby was awake and several of the staff came over to check her out. It's great to know that places I loved before I became a Mom can still be as satisfying afterward, and Boxing Room definitely fits the bill.