STABLE this week. I got to meet Thomas, one of the owners of this fine establishment. We got introduced by a mutual friend and ended up talking over lunch. He had suggested I try their special, the Cuban pork sandwich. It had red onions, melted Swiss cheese, bacon and pepperoncinis. It was very special indeed. It came with a refreshing salad of greens, onions and carrots. I loved how the pork tasted with the bacon. The melted cheese was fantastic and really added to the overall flavor of the sandwich.
Thomas talked about his background and showed me pictures of the farm he has in Petaluma. He has a true passion for what he does. I was in awe watching him in his prime. He was engaging with his staff, his peers and his customers. We toured the kitchen where all the magic takes place. He told me the history of the building. It stems back to the 1850's. Thomas has restored, modified and even updated the structure through the years. Always paying homage to the original structure. Today, STABLE is known as a place that serves it's community with the freshest ingredients. Most of them grown from the farm or in backyards around the neighborhood.
Another reason why I find this place so inviting is the coffee. It's probably because they use DE LA PAZ. The other morning, Grant and I were in there for a little nosh and I had one of their macchiatos. I had another one today. Exceptionally done on both occasions.
I had the frittata the other day as well They used great pasta noodles and tomato sauce. I think they called it Grandma's recipe. It simply looked irresistible when I saw it. And it did not disappoint.
I treated myself to a warm, out-of-the-oven chocolate chip scone that day too. Scones are either done really well or not at all. And I only have nice things to say about this one. I love it when the chocolate chip is still in tact and melts in your mouth when you take a bite. Of course, I had to share this moment and a small piece of it with Grant.
Grant and I talked about how beautiful the overall space is. How incredibly comforting it feels when you step in. It is always bright and full of color. Whether you are looking at the art on the walls or sitting down at one of the yellow tables downstairs, there is always a warm color to notice.
The flowers are changed frequently by a neighboring florist Lila B. I got to meet Baylor, the owner of the flower studio, when Thomas suggested I go and get some for a friend. She has excellent stuff. A lot of plants and flowers that are grown in the neighborhood. I was very impressed. And so was my friend.
Thomas also introduced me to Jen from batter bakery. I had tried her lavender shortbread with sprinkled sea salt only moments prior to being introduced and was all full of glee. As my readers can confirm, I love salty sweetness. Jen has a kiosk for the bakery downtown at the old flower tube located out front of 555 California, right at the corner of Kearny. She was so sweet and gracious, she even gave me an oatmeal cookie and a chocolate chip cookie to sample. Well, I just did. All I have to say is that, they are both gone and I loved every minute I had eating them.
STABLE has changed the neighborhood on Folsom. Expect more surprises from Thomas & crew in the near future. I am just glad to have finally gotten to see behind-the-scenes. I now know where greatness comes from.