Starting today, the new Italian restaurant in the Arts District starts serving lunch. Now opening Tuesday through Friday at 11 a.m., Esther’s Kitchen features a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas.
Owner James Trees promises that “lunch service will be a little different than dinner. In order to provide great food at a good price, and also to service a quality quick lunch for Downtowners, lunch will be ‘fast casual’ style.”
That means patrons order at the counter, take a number, and servers bring the meal to the table. Take out and curbside orders are also accepted.
On the horizon, delivery options. And in about six weeks, brunch.
Below, a look at the entire lunch menu.
Campari tomatoes, burrata, basil pesto $9
little gem Caesar, cacio e pepe, croutons $10
add chicken $4
chopped salad, all the things, olive brine vinaigrette $12
chicories, chicken, apples+hazelnuts, mostarda dressing $13
roasted cauliflower, quinoa, kale, pecorino, pickled raisins $12
garlic poached tuna, green beans, poached egg, bitter greens $14
Sandwiches with chips and simple salad
meatball, provolone+basil ricotta, bianco pomodoro, parsley $12
chicken parm, whipped burrata, organic tomato sauce, basil $13
Italian “the chenz” all the meats, provolone, italian slaw, aioli 13
roasted porchetta, cracklins, spicy rabe, pickled chilis $14
cauliflower+eggplant parm, arugula, coconut cheese (vegan) $12
Pastas all made in house
spaghetti, bianco pomodoro, parmesan, basil $11
add polpette $5
chitarra cacio e pepe, pecorino, telicherry peppercorn $13
bucatini all’amatraciana, guanciale, tomato, onion, pecorino $14
rigatoni carbonara, guanciale, pecorino, egg yolk $15
radiatorre, black garlic, lemon, cream, toasted breadcrumbs $13
Pizzas with natural sourdough crust
margherita, tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella $9
calabrian, Zoe’s natural pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato $11
roasted mushrooms, duxelles, taleggio+fontina, charred kale $15
bacon, caramelized onions, fontina, egg, saba $14