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Split, an American Kitchen, Opens Today in Russian Hill

It’s serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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Split has opened its doors in the former home of La Boulange, at Polk and Green. The restaurant is the third of its kind from Good Food Guys, the restaurant group behind the prolific salad spot Mixt.

With the opening comes a slight name change as well, as the team decided to ditch the “Bread” in the name across the board, including the SoMa and Yerba Buena locations. “It’s a better reflection of who we are,” said CEO Leslie Silverglide, who owns the group alongside husband David, and brother/executive chef Andrew Swallow. “We split the difference between fine dining and fast casual.” Described as an “American Kitchen,” Split is an all-day operation, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner using the newly en vogue hybrid counter service model: Diners order at the counter, sit down, and their food is delivered to them. Meanwhile, managers roam the room with an iPad, taking orders for more drinks or dessert so diners don’t have to get back in line.

There are no reservations at the restaurant, which offers 49 seats inside, plus patio seating. The interior is much different than the previous tenant’s, offering dark colors, and a bright mural from local artist Clare Rojas. Like the other Splits, Swallow was the creative force behind the design. There is still a large communal table like La Boulange had, but there is also counter and bar seating, booths for larger groups, and individual tables.

Crispy half chicken
Mt. Lassen Trout with Salsa Verde

“We all live in the neighborhood, so this is the answer to what we thought was missing— somewhere to go any time of day and get really good food, but without a lot of pomp and circumstance,” said Silverglide.

Three different menus will be on offer, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast offers grab-and-go options like egg sandwiches, as well as avocado toast, scrambles, and full on breakfast plates, plus Four Barrel Coffee. Lunch is burgers, sandwiches, and salads, while dinner adds on entrees like hangar steak, crispy half chickens, and pork chops. Beer from Bare Bottle Brewing and other local purveyors will be available, plus wine. Check out the full menu below.

Split is now open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.