Counter 357 adds lunch service, names former Launderette sous chef as head chef

Downtown fine dining destination Counter 357 is switching things up a bit. The restaurant Eric Earthman opened in March 2015 will begin lunch service starting next Tuesday. The menu, offered Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include items like mussels, chicken with curry and ice cream. More details are soon to come at The restaurant says no reservations are needed for lunch.

Peeler Ranch striploin at Counter 357 in 2017. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Spearheading the menu is new head chef Alan Delgado. He has spent the past year operating the Tumahye pop-up supper club series and previously served as sous chef at Rene Ortiz’s Launderette for about a year-and-a-half.

Lunch is the latest move by Counter 357 to make the restaurant a little more approachable. It added a la carte offerings like cheese and charcuterie boards and meatballs to a lounge menu last year, along with more seating. With its tucked away location between the Elephant Room and Swift’s Attic, it is low-key one of the best retreats for a great cocktail or glass of wine and snack downtown. It was recently announced that former Counter 357 executive chef Damien Brockway will be joining the new Line ATX as chef of the hotel’s rooftop lounge, P6.

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