Making a comprehensive list of words that rhyme with Ted Danson is enough to stir any appetite. Today's Groupon gets you $50 worth of food and tasty atmosphere at Trademark in Belden Place for $20. Located in a delicious alley between Bush Street and Pine Street, Trademark presents savory dishes on plates and in bowls.
After Trademark trademarked the name Trademark for its Trademark restaurant, the restaurant traded in its trademarker, Marcus, for Executive Chef and oyster master Jerry Mendoza. Mendoza's work with The Elite Cafe, The Meetinghouse, and Moose's Restaurant has made him a reputable American-style culinary artist with a dinner menu fit for salivating mouths. Trademark specializes in Pacific oysters like the Kumamoto oyster, originally native to Japan and perfect for a pleasing amuse bouche ($3.50).
A firm suppertime foundation can be built on Original Meetinghouse Biscuits (four for $5, seven for $8) and Luisa's Infamous Deviled Eggs (three for $3, six for $6, twelve for $10) before a voyage to heartier courses. The kitchen divines a mean red-wine braised short rib with cremini mushrooms, artichokes, and lemon risotto ($24), as well as pan-roasted Alaskan halibut paired with a grilled veggie ratatouille, crispy polenta, and smoked tomato au jus ($25).
The SF Weekly left Trademark satisfied and happy:
- …Trademark takes in a broader swath of the American culinary landscape, serving up Caesar salad, collard greens, grilled ribeye, rhubarb crisp, and other down-home standards with a California Cuisine-y focus on organic ingredients, and with the always-welcome Mediterranean influence popping up here and there. The results are hearty and often delectable… – Matthew Stafford, SF Weekly
- I had short ribs that melted into risotto and the halibut was perfection. Some Dungeness crab salad and saffron mussels to start combined with a very sweet and welcoming staff that didn't intrude - heaven! – OpenTable user who dined on 1/14/2010
- The wine list is impressive and the recommendations worthy of attention, with a focus on appropriate matches to taste and food, not to marketing and budget. – AzMax, UrbanSpoon