Sophisticated but unstuffy TenderNob bar and restaurant The Saratoga is turning one (don’t be fooled by the historic building, which dates to 1907), and owners Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, The Village Pub) are hosting a get-together on November 20th to mark the occasion. And now that the Saratoga is all grown up, it’s ready to introduce a boozy Sunday brunch service on December 3rd, with hours from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Not one to wait for dinner, or noon for that matter, bar mastermind and co-owner Brandon Clements has some killer-sounding brunch cocktails to choose from. There are three Bloody Mary variations and a bevy of toppings for them including pickles, fried chicken, and brisket beef jerky. For adult children, there’s “cereal milk punch,” made with toasted corn flakes-washed milk, bourbon, brown sugar, and cocoa crispies. And for brunch groups looking to tempt fate, there’s a punch bowl filled with a Corpse Reviver variation.
To soak that all up, chef de cuisine Francisco Baca will serve a menu of avocado toast, blood orange, champagne-glazed “mimosa” donuts, and breakfast tater tots. (The Saratoga has been on a mission to class up tater tots, and it’s succeeding.) Meanwhile, SF diners already familiar with “millionaire’s bacon” can enjoy the inevitable name upgrade to “billionaire’s bacon,” which is thick-cut, house-cured bacon that’s smoked and glazed with molasses, rum, and maple syrup. To paraphrase Napster founder Sean Parker (as played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network): “Millionaire’s bacon isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Billionaire’s bacon.”
First up is the Saratoga’s birthday on November 20th. That’s open to the public, with free hors d’oeuvres, half-price cocktails, and all proceeds benefitting Project Open Hand, a non-profit delivering food to the sick and elderly.