The Nest is an ambitious “breakfast joint” from Antonio Appling and chef Michael Lavery, who became friends while attending San Francisco State University. Appling was a high school teacher in nearby Compton and convinced lavery to leave his job as a Bi-Rite butcher. Now they have a bustling space at breakfast and lunch, complete with wood tables and counter, peaked roof with white rafters, and walls touting posters devoted to Vegetables, Super Powers and Haircuts. You’re also in store for fun ’90s music like Toni!, Tony!, Tone! “It Feels Good.”
Since Lavery was a butcher at a prominent San Francisco market, it should come as no surprise that his breakfast sausage is on point. He worked with Appling, who grew up on Jimmy Dean’s sausage patties in Ohio, to deliver coarse patties crafted from pork shoulder, back fat, rosemary, sage and oregano. A pair of juicy griddled sausages cost $2.75 solo, and come with your plate if you order a waffle, pancakes, French toast or fried egg sandwich.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.