Written byTaylor Abrams
The Morris is a low-key neighborhood restaurant located on a quiet corner in the Mission. But that under-the-radar charade lasts about as long as it takes for the first plate to reach your table, at which point you’ll realize this spot is pumping out f*ck-yeah food that’s on a different level.
It’s a good idea to share here, because you’re going to want to try a lot. Some of our favorite dishes are the customizable charcuterie board (options range from tête de cochon and duck liver mousse to rabbit terrine), charred broccoli and squid, and incredible whole smoked duck, which should be on your table no matter what. Seasonal options are switched in and out pretty frequently, too, so don’t ignore the specials and small bites—and the very large wine list, which includes some pretty rare bottles. And it will be a challenge, but try to save some room for dessert, because the churro-like doughnuts here are supremely good.
The space is pleasantly quirky, with an approachable open kitchen up front and bar seats in the back. It’s small enough to feel intimate, without shoving you so close to your neighboring table you’re rubbing elbows, and the energy is high without being chaotic. Mostly, the restaurant is just a lot of people excited about their food. The Morris looks a lot like a laid-back neighborhood place, but that’s not what it is at all—it’s actually a destination restaurant in disguise.
Spicy Squid + Broccoli
Squid and broccoli might not sound like an obvious combination, but this dish works. It’s also quite spicy, as advertised. Order it.
This is the main event, and the best thing on the menu. The version for two people is enough for two ravenous humans or three not-so-ravenous humans, so the version for four is probably better for a table of five or six, if you add a bunch of starters. It’s tender with perfectly crispy skin, and the the roasted vegetables that come along with it are stellar too.
Dip these sugar-coated doughnuts in a whiskey cream sauce that’s good enough to eat straight from the bowl. They come in orders of four, and we get them every time. You should, too.