You know it’s a good neighborhood place when you walk into the restaurant and think of like three or four separate people you want to take there for dinner. That’s how it went at the new Weird Fish spinoff restaurant, The Corner, at (where else) the corner of 18th and Mission.

The Corner’s in the style of the Italian enoteca, which is basically a wine bar with small plate food entrees. The space used to be a Chinese grocery store, and they’ve changed the butcher counter into a food prep and wine space, built a loft space so there would be more table space, and then decorated the place “to look like Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in winter.” Dark wood, silhouettes of birds, picture frames — cozy!

Don’t be fooled by the term “small plates,” though, the portions, as you can see, are actually pretty big. As you can see in the picture, we were up in the loft, and our date went a little nuts and got what looked like half the menu, so I’m happy to report that the salads are just the right level of vinegary, and the roasted meats fall off the bone with tenderness. Mmm-wwwwah! Was that star anise I tasted on the duck?

Hey Eve, can we have our first SF Appeal staff party at the Corner? It’s totally a space for friends to hang out and nibble. I’d especially recommend the bread salad.

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