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Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
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SFGATE HIGHLIGHTS DOC’S ROAST CHICKEN
Doc Rickett’s chef, Justin Deering, accents the natural flavor of the chicken with liver toast and a sherry sauce, along with fingerling potatoes and brocollini.
Doc Ricketts: The former Purple Onion is deliciously resurrected
The Purple Onion was a legendary club that helped launch the careers of such entertainers as Robin Williams, Woody Allen, Phyllis Diller and the Kingston Trio.
- Inside Scoop SF
SF’s Best Soups – Celery Root
Inside Scoop SF writes about the best soups in SF right now making special mention of Justin Deering's Celery Root Soup available during Doc's new weekday lunch service.
- Inside Scoop SF
SF Chronicle Doc Ricketts harmonizes food and entertainment
San Francisco is a city of paradoxes. We honor tradition, but we aren’t afraid to break it.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Doc Ricketts Opens for Lunch Nov. 12
Doc Ricketts will open for lunch starting Wednesday, November 12th. Regular hours will be Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a limited all-day menu continuing until dinner service, which begins at 5:30 p.m.
SF’s Best New Bars
A simple menu of well-executed cocktail classics and a new destination for live comedy, readings and music? There's a whole lot to like about Doc's Lab...
- Tasting Table SF
The Bay Area Heatmap: Where To Eat NOW
Where to eat right now! The revamp of the former Purple Onion is intended to capture North Beach's bohemian spirit, with relaxed fare upstairs and cocktails to accompany the live music and comedy in Doc's Lab, located downstairs...
- SF Eater
New Restaurants to Check Out
Any San Francisco old-timer will recognize that this new North Beach spot was the previous home of the Purple Onion in the basement. Now there’s a restaurant, while the basement is having a rebirth of sorts as Doc’s Lab. As for the restaurant, chef Justin Deering is going to be pulling a bit from his...
Doc Ricketts and Doc’s Lab, Serving Up Dinner, Comedy, and Music in North Beach
North Beach is getting two new spots for the price of one with the debuts of Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab. The restaurant and music/comedy venue are taking over the former Purple Onion space, which has a historic background as...
- Eater SF
Doc Ricketts Opens in North Beach
The former Purple Onion space in North Beach has officially reopened as ~DOC RICKETTS~, as of Wednesday September 3rd. As previously reported on tablehopper, the owner is Christopher Burnett of Darwin Café, and he’s done quite a number on the historic location.
- Table Hopper
What the Doc Ordered – A Restaurant Upstairs, a Comedy Club Downstairs
Take ’em to Doc Ricketts and Doc’s Lab, an upstairs/downstairs joint with enough charcuterie, bourbon and live comedy to help your night along however things go. Doc Ricketts, the restaurant, opens tonight, and the first show down at Doc’s Lab is on September 12.
- Urban Daddy
The new Doc Ricketts: dinner with the show
Doc Ricketts - named after the marine biologist friend of John Steinbeck immortalized in "Cannery Row" - will be a 40-seat restaurant helmed by Deering, who has been cooking for decades in San Francisco, including the likes of 15 Romolo, Cafe Des Amis and Conduit.
- SF Gate
Cooking for Solutions: Savor Sustainability
Doc Ricketts will join the
Monterey Bay Aquarium
for its thirteenth annual
Cooking for Solutions
celebration on May 16-18, 2014 in scenic Monterey, California.
Update on Doc Ricketts (Justin Deering Announced as Chef)
In January of this year, it was announced that Christopher Burnett of Darwin Cafe in SoMa is going to be opening ~DOC RICKETTS~ in the original (and historic) Purple Onion comedy club space in North Beach.
Tablehopper gets an update on Doc Ricketts, the new restaurant project going into the former Purple Onion: they now have a chef, Justin Deering (15 Romolo), and are under construction for a planned October opening. The upstairs will be the 49-seat restaurant, while the downstairs Doc's Lab will be a bar and performance space. They'll be doing barrel-aged cocktails, too. [Tablehopper]
- SF Eater
Doc Ricketts takes shape in North Beach’s former Purple Onion
Earlier this year, word arrived surrounding Doc Ricketts, the new concept moving into the Columbus Avenue space best known as the Purple Onion, which closed last year.
- Inside Scoop SF
Doc Rickett’s, a New Restaurant From Darwin Café Guy, Replaces the Purple Onion
You may recall that iconic North Beach comedy club The Purple Onion (140 Columbus Avenue) closed last fall after 60 years. Its comedy shows have moved down the street to Kells (530 Jackson Street), and today the Chron reports that Darwin Café owner Christopher Burnett has taken over the space and will transform it into a restaurant.
A new Layer
Purple refrain: Speaking of places with whimsical names, there's a new layer at the old Purple Onion (140 Columbus Ave.).