Contemporary American fare emerged in response to the alarming popularity of dishes such as deep-fried baseballs slathered in Betsy Ross's homemade chipotle ranch. Disentangle America's favorite pastimes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary American cuisine during lunch at Ella's. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m.
A vibrant palette of many organic, local ingredients frosts the paintbrushes of Ella's culinary artists, who transform traditional noshes into the menu's contemporary masterpieces. Amiable servers elicit rapt attention from taste buds with the fried Rocky Jr. chicken breast, Ella's cornbread, and a barrage of flavors with maple butter, jalapeño relish, and romano beans ($19). Ella's burger sings with the tangy serenades of fresh shallots and roasted tomato mayo accompanied by herbed french fries ($12), and pan-seared salmon surges from the depths of Loch Duart to slice through a farro-rich side salad ($21). Diners can also opt for a late breakfast of organic eggs on a sizzling terrain of home fries ($9; add bacon or sausage for $2). The sunny family eatery releases the palatable secrets of its recipes monthly, online and through midnight pirate radio transmissions.
500 Presidio Ave.
San Francisco, California 94115