The 20th Century Café was conceived out of years of hard work in front of the oven, thoughts about food, old movies, and drunken discussions about the future (and the past). Searching through vintage cookbooks and traveling through the cites of Vienna, Budapest and Prague brought tremendous inspiration.
A former pastry chef at Range, Michelle Polzine's menu draws heavily from more than twenty years cooking and baking experience, as well as her love of California's produce. Nestled on a sunny corner in Hayes Valley in an early-20th-century building once owned by famed cartoonist R.L. "Rube" Goldberg, it's a perfect blend of retro style and eastern European fare.