Street is a neighborhood restaurant serving New American Cuisine,
boutique wines and a full complement of alcoholic beverages.
Designed and built by owners Lynn Ramsey and John Lamkin, along
with help from friends, Street occupies the space that previously
housed Sweet Heat, a Mexican fast food restaurant. The space
was almost entirely gutted and rebuilt after Sweat Heat closed in
December 2000. All elements of design were conceived by the
partners--from the Babinga wood bar to the handmade light fixtures
created by chef /owner John Lamkin. Supplemented by custom wood
and metal, Lamkin's pet red wall with textured green accent dominates
the space and warms the room with an organic quality that complements
the opposing poured cement wall.
The open kitchen, with Lamkin at the helm, produces a broad array of
home-style foods from around the world. The notion is that of a dining
experience on any street of any city worldwide depending on the dish
one is served. Pacific Rim, Mediterranean, Pan-Latin, and especially
American classic cuisine comprise the starters, entrees and desserts
that change daily. Lamkin prides himself on the house-made artisan
breads, sausages, pates, smoked meats and fish, and desserts.
The highest quality raw ingredients are the cornerstone of Street.
Over the last two decades, Lamkin and Ramsey have developed a network
of local farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers and fishermen that provide
the components for daily fare. In addition, they can be found gathering
ingredients at the many bay area farmer's markets several times a week
or picking peaches and tomatoes on a delta farm or apples from a Sierra
foothill orchard. When not spending long hours at the restaurant,
Ramsey and Lamkin enjoy snow skiing or relaxing at their family cabin
in the Sierra.
As 20-year residents in the upper Polk Street neighborhood where
Street is located, John and Lynn felt they had a specific idea of
what was lacking there. Offering a dining experience that they had
personally desired has helped them develop a loyal neighborhood customer