Long before Twitter and TMZ, people read newspapers. And here, none was bigger than the illustrious Alta California.
The daily was made famous by correspondent Mark Twain, but its new Mid-Market namesake has been garnering headlines based on its insane pedigree and even better menu.
In honor of Alta CA's historical journalistic shoutout, we're running down the facts for you below:
Innovative chef Yoni Levy (Flora and Chicago's Blackbird and Old Town Social) has created an inspired selection of savory nibbles to share with your friends. And you know when the Daniel Patterson Group (Coi, Plum, Haven) opens a new restaurant, it's time to book a reservation. Pronto.
Share warm plates of deliciousness (slow-cooked pork shoulder with clams or chickpea and oxtail fritters) with ingredients handpicked from local rooftop gardens. The operative word is "slow." Though it might also be "boozy." Gather around the cozy alderwood bar for a Doc Holliday (vodka, huckleberry, lime, and ginger beer). And yes, he'll totally be your huckleberry.
This gorgeous and sleek Mid-Market resto has a voyeuristic thing going. Peek through the shelves (a masterwork in modern design in and of itself) to see the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen.
Here, the most anticipated hidden delight is a mysterious one. The Malted at Alta is an ingenious malt shop for micro-batch frozen desserts like malt and chocolate twist or chocolate sorbet. Yup, a restaurant within a restaurant.
Dinner service begins this evening, so grab your best pals and brightest PYTs and hightail it over. Those malts wait for no man.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street
Scene: Tech and industry types and adventurous diners
Best bets: Bialys; warm root vegetable salad; chickpea & oxtail fritters
Fine print: Check out the giant modern shelving system inspired by designer Russel Wright dividing the dining room from the kitchen, and the sleek alderwood bar.
Nearby: Zuni Cafe; Smuggler's Cove; Rickshaw Stop