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What to Eat at Sparrow Bar & Kitchen, Opening Soon in the Upper Haight

The new bar.

The new bar.Photo: Courtesy of Sparrow

Sparrow Bar and Kitchen, which we first brought you word of back in January, is getting set to debut this month in the former Bia's space at 1640 Haight Street. The official word on the opening date right now is "mid-May," or "soon as we can!" But given the inevitability of last-minute complications and the fact that owners Marc and Veronica Lopez are first-time restaurateurs, there could be a delay. As we learned earlier, the couple are upstairs tenants of the building where Bia's used to live, and were lying in wait for the day it might close and they could take it over. Expect to see a renovated deck out back, a glossy new dining bar (pictured), and plenty of reclaimed wood. And food-wise, their goal is to present "modern American cuisine that celebrates the social values, cultural diversity and wild history of the Haight-Ashbury; food that is comforting yet intelligent in substance." Below, a sample dinner menu to tide you over.

Also, we've reached out for more specifics about the project, and projected opening, and will let you know as soon as we can get some photos. And they will, at some point, also be open for lunch and brunch too. See those sample menus here.

Sparrow Bar & Kitchen
Sample Dinner Menu

Snacks
Truffled Pop Corn
Warm Marinated Olives with Herbs and Oranges
Fried Camellia with Onion Jam and Honey
Pork Belly with Wild Mushrooms
Oven Dried Tomato Jam Crostini with Mozzarella and Fried Basil
Pickled baby Vegetables and Roasted Almonds

Oysters (prices for quantities of 6,12, or 24)
Hog Island 16/28/52
Marshall Store 15/27/50
Drakes Bay 18/32/64

Starters
Roasted Beets with Ricotta Salata, hazelnuts and Baby Winter Greens
Roasted Quail Stuffed with Swiss Chard, Pine Nuts on Mustard Greens
Mussels with Chablis, Herbs, Shallots and Lemon Zest
Egg in Brioche with Prosciutto and Truffle Essence
Beef Carapccio with Capers, Grana, Arugula and Mustard
Puree of Parsnip Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Mains
Bucatalli with Mushrooms, Arugula and Pecorino
Ricotta Spinach Ravioli with Lemon Cream
Confit of Pork Loin with Apple and Grilled Fennel
Chicken Ballontine with Vegetables Brunoise and Double Roasted Chicken Stock
Sparrow Kitchen Burger - Niman Ranch - Cheddar, Blue, Bacon or Fried Egg

Sides
Herb and Spice Hand Cut Kennebec Fries
Brussel Sprout with Bacon and Sea Salt
Roasted Cauliflower with Caraway and Sea Salt

Sparrow Bar & Kitchen - 1640 Haight Street at Belvedere - Opening Mid-May

Earlier: Sparrow Bar & Kitchen Coming to Former Bia's in Upper Haight [Updated]


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