I've been obsessed with everything street-food provocateurs Kenny Kim and Misako Ohba have done so far (namely Foodie Cart and Freshstreet), so I was geeked to hear the husband-and-wife team has a new project called Section 8 Yakitorium.
I've been obsessed with everything street-food provocateurs Kenny Kim and Misako Ohba have done so far (namely Foodie Cart and Freshstreet), so I was geeked to hear the husband-and-wife team has a new project. They've paired up with Bret Lewis, formerly of the Cheesy Truck, to start serving late-night Japanese street food out of the Double Happiness bar. And when I made it over to check the new place out, I was delighted to find that their brand of comfort food (previously available only during the daylight hours) tastes even better a few beers in. Oh yeah, I'm gonna like this place.
The main specialty here is yakitori, Japanese-style grilled chicken served on skewers. Section 8 goes beyond just chicken. You can order pork belly, miso-marinated beef cheek, beef ribeye, chicken wings, beef tongue and lots more. I tried the pork cheek and found it to be pure salty-greasy deliciousness.
The menu includes other rotating specialties, too, like the Okonomiyaki scallion pancakes you may have tried at Freshstreet, steaming mugs of ramen, and fresh-cut french fries topped with bonito flakes. It all makes for terrific, cheap drunk food.
Okonomiyaki with pork belly. Cameo by Kenny Kim.
Cup O' Chicken Ramen
Fries (regular and sweet potato!). I washed mine down with an IPA from the Double Happiness bar.
If you haven't checked out Double Happiness, by the way, the newish Brewery District bar is definitely worth getting to know. It's a dark, narrow space with a stage, bar and now the yakitori grill, and it's got a fun vibe. Tip: Double Happiness sometimes charges a cover if there's a band playing, but if you're only coming for yakitori you can use the second door and avoid paying. I'd not been in before Section 8 opened, but I anticipate I'll become a regular.
Section 8 Yakitorium at Double Happiness
482 Front St., Brewery District