Even as a new mom I still find that a lot of the news that gets through my filter is about restaurants opening across San Francisco. If I had a superpower that would be it--picking great new restaurants that leave my friends saying "I didn't even know this place was here!" This is the story with Sparrow, a new restaurant opened on Haight Street last month.
Once again we had a friend (and former SF resident) visiting from the East Coast that wanted to meet M. During her visit she was eating at all her favorite places (like Foreign Cinema) so I wanted to impress her with a new place she hadn't tried before. Combined with the reality that Haight Street isn't known as a bastion of fine dining, Sparrow was a great surprise.
I popped by early in the day to check out the stroller-friendliness of the place. They were closed (they open for dinner at 5 pm) but I could see through the windows there was plenty of room, and I'd heard about their awesome back patio and figured we would be fine. We came back just after 5 pm and the very cool hostess seated us out back right away (down a short flight of steps-stroller users take note!)
Once out back it is hard to believe the nuttiness of Haight Street is so close by. The space is totally open and while you can see all the neighbors back porches and stairs, Sparrow has a communal feel. There are a few high top tables, and seating is adjustable for The bit of ambient noise from all the surrounding activity created a nice hum as we chatted and enjoyed a glass of wine from their list of mostly local bottles. The Bar comes first in Bar and Kitchen--if you're on Haight I recommended dropping by to check out their huge bar and all the local beers on tap as well.
Sparrow has coined their food "Haight Cuisine", and they are definitely catering to a different palate than many of the other faster food options in the area. I inhaled the roasted quail stuffed with spinach and mushrooms and served on a quinoa cake. Honestly I loved the stuffing and the sides the most--my quail was a tad underseasoned, which my companions also noted with their flank steak. There's no salt or pepper on the tables which is great for grabby babies, but we should have asked for some for the adults at the table!
My companions also loved the chocolate lava cake, which I had to skip thanks to a baby dairy protein allergy (ah, the joys of breastfeeding)! But I was satisfied enough to feel happy about the meal even without dessert. I'm really glad to have another stroller-friendly option in the Haight and I can't wait to go back for brunch!