RESTAURANT OPENING: Lazy Susan, Chinese American Take-out and Delivery Concept Opens in SF February 17th

Carlos Hernandez

Salt Partners, the team behind Crenn Dining Group, Horsefeather and Last Rites, will open its newest concept, Lazy Susan, a Chinese American take-out and delivery restaurant located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021.

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The menu, created by Chef Eric Ehler, previously at Fort Point Beer and Mister Jiu’s, is designed for the way people live today and their desire for delicious food without compromising convenience, health, or price.

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Developed specifically for take-out and delivery, Lazy Susan is a contemporary approach to classic Chinese American dishes with a focus on 25 favorite dishes.

The dishes on the menu recall the lineup of familiar Chinese American favorites and the name Lazy Susan is inspired by the spinning turntable placed on a table to make it easier to share dishes during family-style dining.

The Smithsonian notes that the concept “Lazy Susan” was first used in 13th century China in a 700-year-old Book of Agriculture when an author used the description of a revolving table to help organize Chinese characters.

Lazy Susan became a standard name used in American media in the 1960s when The Washington Post described a Chinese New Year celebration and The New York Times described a Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Salt Partner’s Hanson Li shares, “The food at Lazy Susan honors the over 100-year history of Chinese food in America while being thoughtful on making classic Chinese American dishes that reflect the bright flavors we expect today.”

The menu features house-made sauces, fresh produce, and an eye towards how guests eat today with a conscious choice to make all entrees gluten-free.

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Menu highlights include popular Chinese-American dishes such as Crab Rangoon, Wonton Soup, Orange Chicken, Ma Po Tofu (featuring Impossible meat), Beef & Broccoli, Shrimp, Beef, Chicken Fried Rice, and their Lazy Susan Chicken Wings.

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Many of these dishes became popular in the mid-1950s as Chinese American cuisine became more popular and later after former President Nixon traveled to China to open diplomatic relations in the 1970s. The Smithsonian writes of the 1950s, "The hub of Chinese-American cuisine was San Francisco's Chinatown, where a new generation of entrepreneurial restaurant owners was trying to better adapt Chinese cooking to American tastes."

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Chef Ehler says, “I had a lot of fun putting together this menu of dishes, some of which have been favorites of mine since childhood. Focusing on flavors and textures that would stand up to takeout and delivery led to experimentation that allowed us to dial into sauces that provide full flavors and techniques that allow food to taste good not just directly upon preparation, but after time and travel.”

Ehler was adopted from South Korea at the age of one and raised in rural Iowa. Ehler says he grew up loving midwest food and take-out Chinese food which has helped to inspire his path in the food industry. His background includes Korean street food, classic French cuisine, and Chinese cuisine.

Salt Partners portfolio of restaurants includes Crenn Dining Group (Atelier Crenn - Michelin 3-Star, Petit Crenn, Bar Crenn - Michelin 1-Star), Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, LocoL, High-Proof (a San Francisco based bar group that opened Horsefeather and Last Rites), and B-Side at SFJAZZ.

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Lazy Susan will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00PM to 9:30PM and is located at 208 Fell Street. For more information, visit them online at lazysusanchinese.com.

Photo Credit: Joseph Weaver

Sources: The Smithsonian,The Guardian

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