Come Celebrate our 1st Birthday with Cake & Dim Sum!

Menus for the week of November 2nd.

This Friday marks our 1st anniversary of being in business, and all our friends & regulars are invited to join us for an extended happy hour from 5-8pm!

Looking back at the 250+ unique menus designed by Chef’s Natalia & Leigh, covering over 750 distinct chef’s compositions, we are honored to have been able to share so many wonderful culinary memories with all of you.

From the day we served comically enormous turkey legs, to that time you cleared us out of beef tongue, to last Friday, when we sneakily served Kobe-quality beef roast without telling anyone… because why the hell not? (man, you really missed out if you didn’t swing by that day). Sooo many memories. And hey, we’ve got 9 more years of a 10 year lease, so here’s to so many more!

Here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

  • Monday tromps through the Bavarian forest
  • Tuesday stirs up some TexMex
  • Wednesday eats Hanoi street food in a cheap red plastic chair on the sidewalk
  • Thursday hikes the French Alps
  • Friday rings in Picnic’s 1st Birthday! (ironically enough, with a sandwich)

PS: Last week, I made a joke about having to carve faces into potatoes if pumpkins weren’t a fall vegetable, and then I read that root vegetables were the original jack-o-lanterns! It’s like I was tapping into some primordial sub-conscious urge to carve faces into things.

Stop in, say hello, grab a bite to eat.

-Jesse-

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Here were some of the highlights from last week:

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Kobe Beef Roast with Brown Sauce. Mushy Peas. Braised Rainbow Carrots with Carrot Tops.
(served last Friday)

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Sous Vide Onsen Eggs. Japanese Rice Noodle Salad with Cucumber Batons. Dry Fried Cabbage & Bean Sprouts. Ginger, Garlic, Sriracha White Shoyu Marinated Edamame with Shiitake Mushroom.
(served last Tuesday)

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Chicken with Creamy Mustard Sauce. Cannelini Bean Ragout. Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Sunflower Seeds
(Served last Thursday)

Roasted squash. Grilled squash. Squash soup…

Menus for the week of October 26th.

Ohhhh yeah, folks. It’s fall squash season. Butternut. Spaghetti. Delicata. I love ‘em all. Things is ’bout to get squashy. Good thing pumpkins are a fall vegetable (actually they’re a fruit. whaaaaa? yep.), otherwise we’d be carving faces into potatoes.

Here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

  • Monday takes the bumpy road to Addis Ababa
  • Tuesday soaks in a Japanese hot spring
  • Wednesday dines at the Casa de Paulina
  • Thursday hikes up to Alto Aidge, Italy
  • Friday scoffs at a pub in jolly ole’ London

Also, we hope to see all our friends & regulars at our 1st birthday party! It’s in a week and half, on Friday, November 6th, and we’re having free cake & dim sum during an extended happy hour (5-8pm). Let us know that you’re coming via our Facebook event!

Stop in, say hello, grab a bite to eat.

-Jesse-

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Here were some of the highlights from last week:

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Shan Dong Pork. Green Beans with Fried Garlic. White Rice with Ginger and Garlic.
(served last Friday)

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Savory Fig Tart with Red Onion Jam & Goat Cheese. Caramelized Fennel Wedges. Roasted Root Vegetables with Pickled Mustard Seed Vinaigrette. Freekah & Farro Pilaf.
(served last Wednesday)

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Spatchcocked Roast Chicken. Smashed Sweet Yams. English Pea Salad with Shallots & Preserved Lemon.
(Served last Monday)

Happy birthday to us!

Menus for the week of October 19th.

Fun fact: Picnic is just about to turn 1 year old! We can hardly believe it ourselves. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun (and working your ass off).

To celebrate, we’re having a birthday party, and all friends & customers are invited! Drop by on Friday, November 6th from 5pm-8pm for an extended happy hour and some free snacks. We’ll have cake and dim sum (Squidy’s favorite treats), as well as art by our talented employees.

Picnic 1 Year Old party!

Here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

  • Monday eats like a Northern Californian: loaded with fresh vegetables
  • Tuesday shines a light on the absurdity of “Pan Asian” cuisine by showing what a “Pan European” menu would look like
  • Wednesday gets cozy and finally breaks out our fall sweater collection
  • Thursday sips mezcal in Oaxaca
  • Friday pays tribute to Shan Dong in Oakland (you should go there sometime, it’s awesome)

Stop in, say hello, grab a bite to eat.

-Jesse-

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Here were some of the highlights from last week:

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Kaeng Hung Leh – Burmese-Style Pork Belly Curry. Sweet Chile Cucumber Salad. Steamed Jasmine Rice.
(served last Thursday)

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Corn Salad with Cucumber & Thyme. Broccoli & Cauliflower. Forbidden Rice & Arborio Cakes. Baby Lima Beans with Mint, Lemon & Chile Flake.
(served last Tuesday)

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Roasted Chicken Legs with Bay Butter. Salt Baked Fingerling Potatoes. Roasted Carrots with Olive Vinaigrette.
(Served last Wednesday)

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All you need is lunch (lunch). Lunch is all you need.

Menus for the week of October 12th.

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
― Orson Welles

Here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

  • Monday joins a caravan in Marrakesh
  • Tuesday stays with a Chinese family living in Milan
  • Wednesday thanks Jamie Oliver for fighting the good fight
  • Thursday finds a remote village in Northern Thailand
  • Friday skips work and spends the day at the beach

Brunch keeps brunching, and is coming along quite nicely, so this is (one of) the last mention I’ll make of it for now. Expect a return to our regularly scheduled witticisms next week.

Stop in, say hello, grab a bite to eat.

-Jesse-

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Here were some of the highlights from last week:

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Beef Lasagna with House-made Thyme Ricotta. Cannellini Bean Salad with Shaved Fennel. Endive & Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts.
(served last Monday)

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Fried Tofu Puffs. Cold Chinese Wheat Noodles. Sauteed Water Spinach with Preserved Radish. Long Bean Salad with Crushed Peanuts.
(served last Wednesday)

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Maple Glazed Ham Steak. Black Eyed Pea Gratin. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Fried Shallots.
(Served last Tuesday)

Just like momma used to make.

Menus for the week of October 5th.

“Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.”

-Homaro Cantu

Here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

  • Monday pays tribute to Natalia’s scrappy Italian grandmamma
  • Tuesday sits on a front porch in Mississippi
  • Wednesday rejoices in what Andy Ricker is doing for Thai food
  • Thursday stops in Lima before the long hike
  • Friday spins the globe and lands in Kerala, South India

Brunch has been going great! Thanks for asking.

Stop in, say hello, grab a bite to eat.

-Jesse-

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Here were some of the highlights from last week:

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Baharat Spiced Pork. Pomegranate Roasted Rainbow Carrots. Spiced Basmati Rice Pilaf with Almonds & Currants.
(served last Wednesday)

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Spicy Tofu & Fried Enoki Mushrooms. Sauteed Zucchini with Sesame Soy Sauce. House-made Kimchi. Steamed Brown Rice with Garlic & Ginger.
(served last Thursday)

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White Wine Marinated Chicken. Creamy Potato Gratin. Cucumber & Avocado Salad.
(Served last Friday)

SF, back to its good ole’ self.

Menus for the week of September 28th.

For those of you who are fans of both lederhosen and leather, then Sunday in SF must’ve been a big day! Even if neither of those are your jam, at least SF was feeling SF-ish again.

Here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

  • Monday hikes through central Mexico
  • Tuesday has a picnic in Golden Gate Park
  • Wednesday learns about the Mashriq in history class
  • Thursday goes out for karaoke in Korea(town)
  • Friday meets some classy Texans

We just started carrying a cider recently. It’s pretty awesome. You should check it out.

<insert obligatory brunch reference>

Stop in, say hello, grab a bite to eat.

-Jesse-

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Here were some of the highlights from last week:

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Panko Baked Chicken. Black Eye Peas & Green Onions. Creamed Spinach.
(served last Tuesday)

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Smoky Carrots with a Sweet Currant Preserve. Roasted Eggplant & Tomato with Mint. “B’ssara” (Broad Beans with Olive Oil & Cumin). “Seksu” (Saffron Scented Cous Cous).
(served last Thursday)

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Pork Shoulder Braised with Purple Cabbage Kraut. French Potato Salad with Dijon & Cornichons. Haricot Vert & Braised Shallots.
(Served last Wednesday)

I miss my summer hoodie.

Menus for the week of September 21st.

Every self-respecting resident of SF has informed a tourist of the Twain-ism “the coldest winter I ever had was a summer in San Francisco.” While the visitors may have thought we were chiding SF weather, the truth is, most of us actually LIKE this fact. So, our apologies, Mother Nature, if you thought we were being disrespectful, but if you could give us our naturally air-conditioned summers back, that’d be greaaaat… yeah.

Here’s what we’ve got planned for this week:

  • Monday learns that Pampanga is considered the food capital of the Philippines
  • Tuesday can’t sleep in hot, muggy, Louisiana nights
  • Wednesday threads the France-Germany border in Strasbourg
  • Thursday goes to northern Morocco to understand the history of the fez hat
  • Friday then follows the west African coast down to Senegal
  • Sunday does the only thing it can do: brunch, from 10am-2pm

Also, if you didn’t see our insanely good deal on Gilt City, it’s still up: offering brunch for 2 (including entrees, sides, and coffee) for just $25. Or toss in a carafe of mimosas for an extra $13.

Stop in, say hello, grab a bite to eat.

-Jesse-

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Here were some of the highlights from last week:

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Lavender Brined Pork Chops. Braised Tokyo Turnips Agrodulce. Brown Rice Pilaf.
(served last Friday)

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Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts & Whipped Tahini. Raw Beet Salad. Butter Beans with Dino Kale. Bulgar Salad with Cucumber & Mint.
(served last Monday)

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Spatchcocked Roasted Chicken with BBQ Sauce. Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Dijon Viniagrette and Pecans.
(Served last Tuesday)