Some hot restaurants defy logic. While location seems to be crucial in the success - and failure - of many places, there are exceptions. Sometimes when the place is obscure, the location’s negative becomes a positive.At least that’s the best way I can explain the runaway success of the tiny Bar Bambino, in the Mission on 16th Street between South Van Ness and Capp.
But not only is the location and atmosphere impressive; the food is good too. The simple, rustic menu boasts a wide range of house-made sausages, cheeses and bruschetta. Bauer’s favorite dishes, however, were the milk-braised pork shoulder (“with its fork-tender texture and robust flavor”) and the poached sausages ("about as rich as foie gras”). At the conclusion of the 2.5-star review, Bauer determines that the “sexy, speakeasy vibe” of Bar Bambino is not be missed. He even wonders if its rise will mark a renaissance for the otherwise dead strip of the Mission. After all, it’s only a matter of time before gentrification spreads to the entire Mission.
Slices and sips of Italy at Mission’s chic Bar Bambino [SFGate]
Bar Bambino [MenuPages]
Bar Bambino [Official Site]
[Photo courtesy: Flickr/San Fran Annie]