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Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

Digest Step Up to the Plate

August 21, 2016

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: “Milk and Cereal” Pancakes ($10)

There are so many elements that build upon Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop’s cool-factor.

Like a perfected recipe, the eatery has a collection of well-thought-out “ingredients” that make it truly special, including a collective music playlist that spews out classics from Al Green and other legends, as well as twinkling lights that illuminate the space and hang above happy diners. And don’t forget about the open kitchen and light-blue walls that sport thoughtful food quotes.

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Yes, the Chinatown brunch spot exudes a trendy vibe, but the atmosphere is just one part of the entire whimsical experience. This is where owner and chef Brian Chan comes in. The always-smiling Chan wows customers with his love for food, which is evident through his unique Southern-inspired cuisine.

As he prepares to release his fall menu tomorrow, Chan reassures patrons that a few favorites will remain on the new menu, including Creole Shrimp and Grits, Cider Braised Pork Belly and Apple Pasta, BC Burger and “Milk and Cereal” Pancakes.

With a new restaurant scheduled to open early next year, Chan paints a picture of Scratch Kitchen & Craft, which will be situated in the highly anticipated South Shore Market at Ward Village (below TJ Maxx). Think authentic New Orleans fare for lunch and dinner with the same attention to detail, taste, presentation and quality that are showcased at his current brunch spot.

It’s safe to say the future looks bright and delicious for Scratch.

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

1030 Smith St., Chinatown •
536-1669 •
Wednesday-Monday, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; closed Tuesdays

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