Hutch Opens, Bringing Southern Comfort Food to San Francisco

Staff Writer
The South comes to the West

Shrimp and Grits, a southern dish that will be served at Hutch.

San Francisco is known for its food scene, especially in the Mission District, but a new southern comfort food just opened up in Oakland called Hutch, bringing the South to the West.

Hutch replaces what used to be a lounge called 2022, which wasn’t particularly successful. It will offer food and drink with a focus on sustainable, ethical, and local ingredients. Chef David King told Eater that he wanted to "promote grits as the new mac 'n' cheese" in California with options like fish and grits and the more well-known, shrimp and grits.

Hutch will have a raw bar for different kinds of oysters, and will also feature a bar stocked with whiskey and bartenders who can whip up many interesting cocktails (like mai tais, or something called a Boulevardier).

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King really wants to bring southern spirit to California through his menu, which will be prix fixe on Sundays featuring dishes like fried chicken and barbeque ribs. With items like these, as well as okra and hushpuppies, it can’t get much more Southern than this.