Calling all carnivores: Scratch Kitchen & Meatery’s dinner launches Friday, June 16. Yes, the lineup is meaty, but with chef-owner Brian Chan’s Creole leanings, you also get seafood, grits and desserts that don’t skimp on the cream.
Aside from pop-ups, it’s the first time Scratch is serving dinner (even Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, its Chinatown sister restaurant, specializes in breakfast and lunch). Some of the new menu’s tapas will be familiar to Scratch Kitchen regulars. You’ll find staples like the boudin fritters ($8) with corn maque choux and creamy, savory remoulade, as well as crispy Brussels sprouts ($6) and Creole red beans ($8).
You’ll find a lot of shared plates and entrees. If you love seafood, order the oyster roast ($12), which is inspired by the East Coast lobster roll. It’s topped with Spanish chorizo, sherry cream sauce and manchego and served on country toast.
The Pono pork loin ($22) comes with green chili mac ‘n cheese, braised collards and a Creole mustard glaze.
Some Chinatown lunch favorites are on the menu, such as the BC Burger ($16) and Shrimp n’ Grits ($18).
Even if you’re meated-out, you should find some extra room for one of these desserts.
I can’t wait to return and try the Mediterranean Halal Cart “Lamb Over Rice” (inspired by The Halal Guys’ combo platters), southern hot chicken ($20) and foie gras loco moco ($32).
Scratch Kitchen & Meatery
South Shore Market
1170 Auahi St. #175
Weekdays 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Weekends 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dinner daily except Sunday 5-9 p.m