15 Romolo

15 Romolo

By Kim Fortson

With a new chef at the helm, 15 Romolo’s formerly carnival-style fare transforms into what the cool North Beach bar calls a “cluster funk” of local eats. Fresh cornbread and crispy bone marrow fritters dominate the late night menu, while short rib sliders and tofu báhn mì vie to make the place as much a destination for food as for highly acclaimed drinks. Don’t worry, though—chef Justin Deering isn’t changing a good thing. The brunch (famed for its waffle shots and house punch) remains familiar, with key seasonal updates. The Home Skillet Hash’s roasted onions, horseradish greens, and braised short ribs are an ode to autumn, as is the fried chicken sandwich’s delicious new plating. But it’s the French toast you’ll really fall for. Sprinkled with strawberries and cut into thick, cakelike slices, the golden brioche will perform the sweetest disappearing act you’ve ever seen.

the crowd

Spirited Giants fans and friendly neighborhood regulars exchange jokes and stories with the staff most days and nights of the week. Just avoid Friday and Saturday nights, they advise, unless you’re well into a few shots yourself.

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at your service
From barback to owner, the 15 Romolo crew offers some of the best hospitality in the city. Upon arrival, the day’s bartender Matt named his favorite drink as “whatever people like,” while Valter, the manager, quickly recommended the Pimm’s Cup and The Bloody Hammer before insisting we try the waffle shots. Led by owner Aaron’s passion for collaboration and dedication to quality, Matt explained the 15 Romolo staff strives to create an environment where people can have a great time in addition to great drinks. The attitude is summed up by his advice for newcomers: “Trust your bartender.”

‘tis the season
Every few months the staff get together to craft new drinks and dishes inspired by the season. This fall the menu boasts wine-based cocktails and hearty bistro fare, while winter will bring sherry drinks and Spanish bar food to the table.

decibels
Medium, with the potential to spike to a good-spirited racket.

hours

daily 5 PM–2 AM daily
brunch: Sat–Sun 11:30 AM–3:30 PM

price range

$6 (little gem salad) to $9 (home skillet hash)
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