Dear Mom is a large (by Mission standards anyway) old-timey saloon that at first glance is purely for drinking bourbons and brews. But to the right of the massive bar is a roll-up kitchen window serving rich, mostly French-inspired food. Chez Spencer chef Laurent Katgely consulted on the chalkboard menu, which features one main every night (veal blanquette, bouillabaisse, and roasted and stuffed baby vegetable pistou, for example) along with several smaller bar-bite plates served on metal discs, prison-style.
Chef Laurent Katgely of Chez Spencer will be doing the food. Try the beef sliders. Dear Mom also has a massive selection of around 100 whiskeys!
"The four-cheese penne is delicious. The portion size was perfect for a bar, too. Also, if you're in a whiskey/scotch/bourbon kind of mood, then trust your bartender and try a new recommendation. They know their booze."
Bartenders/owners/heroes Jay Beaman and Oliver Piazza focus on low-key booze: Think daily tiered whiskey specials from the 100-plus selection, eight beers on tap, and a small classic cocktail list. Soak it up with gastropub fare by Chez Spencer’s Laurent Katgely (beef sliders, shrimp and grits).
Dear Mom, they say, also taps into what we want as San Franciscans. People like dive bars because they’re cheap and they like the folks that inhabit them, but they will also drop $200 on a meal – even if they’re not making a lot of money. Jay and Oliver would hazard a guess that this city’s citizens spend 30 to 50 percent of their income on drinking and eating out. Thus, they serve $7 beer and shot specials alongside French pub fare.