It It used to be that if you wanted to eat from trendy San Francisco restaurants like Curry Up Now or Senor Sisig, you had to venture into town, worry about parking, and often find an outdoor spot to eat could. And if you lived in the city but settled in the suburbs of WFH during the pandemic, you had to drive back across the bridge for fusion tacos or Indian street food.
Now through the start Öf Local cuisine on Mount Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, several of the hippest and most popular restaurants in San Francisco, can be found in the East Bay.
Local kitchens are part of a nationwide trend – driven in part by the pandemic and the rapid growth in online ordering and delivery of groceries – towards so-called “ghost kitchens” serving food from a variety of restaurant brands.
Local kitchens do just that. The Lafayette Restaurant, which occupies the space previously used by the Cheesesteak Shop, has a single kitchen that is shared by several restaurants.
At the Lafayette location, you can now order food from well-known suppliers such as Proposition Chicken and MIXT – including Senor Sisig and Curry Up Now. (You can also get a sip of ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, a popular ice cream parlor originally from the Mission District, including the signature Secret Breakfast flavor that combines bourbon and corn flakes.)
One can order food from the local kitchen using a variety of services including Doordash and other delivery services that match the high tech atmosphere of the restaurant. Each restaurant appears under its own brand on Doordash (for example, look for Wise Sons to get their food), but the food is actually cooked and fulfilled by local cuisines.
You can also order through the restaurant’s website or app. And you can come by the kiosks in the store and order in person.
Once you’ve placed your order, Local Kitchens staff will cook your food to the standards of each partner restaurant. Your order will then be placed in a large row of square bins for you (or your Doordash driver or intern) to collect. Most orders are labeled with the packaging of the restaurant you are ordering from. If you hadn’t gone into the local cuisine, you’d have no idea that your food wasn’t coming from the actual restaurant.