SF: No Passport Needed For Myriad Gastro Pub’s 12-Day Feast Around The World

Pappardelle with pork cheeks, peas, kale, brown beech mushrooms and tarragon
Pappardelle with pork cheeks, peas, kale, brown beech mushrooms and tarragon

Myriad Gastro Pub, located on San Francisco’s Mission Street, is a perfect representation of its environment – and its chef/owner Trish Tracey. Eclectic, inclusive and welcoming, the small restaurant reflects both the evolving nature of its community and the amiable sensibilities of Tracey whose globally-inspired dishes are earning her an appreciative audience. The culinary wiz’s mastery of diverse traditions and techniques is fully on display this month when she presents her 12 feasts of Christmas: favored holiday dishes of 11 different countries, one served each of 12 nights starting Dec. 13, in honor of the 12 days of Christmas.

12 Feasts of Christmas:

Day 1 (Dec. 13) Columbia: pernil asado: roasted pork shoulder, plantains, rice

Day 2 (Dec. 14) Southern USA: roast ham, garnet yams, collard greens, buttermilk biscuits

Day 3 (Dec. 15) Mexico: pozzole: braised pork and hominy stew, chilies, cabbage, radishes

Day 4 (Dec. 16) Hungary: toltott kaposta: ham-stuffed cabbage, smoky tomato sauce

Day 5 (Dec. 17) Germany: sauerbraten: braised beef, boiled potatoes, cabbage, carrots, sour cream

Day 6 (Dec. 18) France: roast duck confit, potato-lee puree, dried figs, lavender sauce

Day 7 (Dec. 19) Spain: butifara: grilled port sausage, manchego mashed potatoes, sherry grastrique

Day 8 (Dec. 20) Ethiopia: doro wat: spicy chicken stew, hard cooked eggs, braised winter greens

Day 9 (Dec. 21) Canada: tourtiere Quebecoise: ground port and potato pie, winter spices, baby kale salad

Day 10 (Dec. 22) Ireland (Chef Tracey’s motherland!): roast leg of lamb, guiness gravy, roasted root vegetables

Day 11 (Dec. 23) All American: roast turkey, sausage stuffing, cranberry, traditional holiday fixin’s

Day 12 (Dec. 24) Italy: whole roasted fish, fennel-tomato sauce, roasted potatoes

Guests can also order off of Myriad’s regular menu that features a multitude of choices in four categories. Sharing is encouraged, and is a wise option as you won’t want to miss a thing. From the Snacks portion, make sure to try her deviled eggs – a basic taken to gourmet levels, or her farm toast – a meal in itself with goat cheese mouse and roasted fuyu persimmons. Favorites from the Small Plates section include the ultra creamy, ultra delicious potted chicken-liver mousse, the ‘fall in a pan’ autumn gratin with roasted butternut squash and goat cheese, and the crispy fried chicken sammy that rivals the Bay Area exemplar from Oakland’s Bake Sale Betty. A particular Large Plate favorite is the pappardelle with pork cheeks, peas, kale and brown beech mushrooms.

Tracey’s global culinary curiosity is evident in each and every offering she creates and her seasonal menus showcase the best that Bay Area markets have to offer. Her dishes are artful, deeply textured, and incredibly tasty. With Myriad, Tracey feels she has truly found a sense of place amongst her close-knit Mission Street neighbors who include La Vida (a new 115-unit condo complex), the Alamo Draft House (Tower Theater) and Lolinda Restaurant (formerly Medjool). She has created a relaxed and friendly space where boldly flavored, thoughtfully sourced food and drinks bring people together and nourish the soul. Featuring artisan wood tables and locally curated artwork, Myriad is the essence of haute informality.

Myriad offers distinctive wines, craft beers and creative, low-octane cocktails and is open for dinner at 5:00pm every night and weekend brunch 10:00am-3:00pm, with happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Myriad Gastro Pub, 2491 Mission St., San Francisco, (415) 525-4335