Since 1986, we’ve rallied behind The Bangles’ lilting proclamation that Sunday is our fun day, our I-don’t-have-to-run day, preceding the manic first day of the work week. That is, if you were born before 1986. For those who weren’t, catch up.
Encouraging the ennui for running on Sundays is The Linkery. As of January 20, the North Park restaurant began serving up their version of a Hawaiian comfort food staple, the loco moco.
Travel writer and photojournalist John Penisten places the origin of the loco moco in Hilo, Hawaii, at the once-standing Lincoln Grill Restaurant. According to his Global Writes article, “Loco Moco: A Hilo Original,” the restaurant’s owners created the dish in 1949 for local teens of the Lincoln Wreckers Athletic Club, an informal youth organization around at the time. For just 25 cents, the hungry teens could enjoy the dish which Penisten reports to have originally consisted of a bowl of rice topped with a hamburger patty, all doused with a thick brown gravy. The addition of a fried egg and the substitution of the patty with slices of Spam came later.
The Linkery’s loco moco is built on top of a mound of Massa Organics brown rice. Slices of house made, artisanal Spam, a patty of grass-fed beef and a fried local pasteurized chicken egg follow. Pastured local chicken gravy forms a moat around the rice.
And no, you aren’t delusional. That did read “house made, artisanal Spam.”
“We use actual pork trims from our country hams,” explains Michael McGuan, General Manager of The Linkery, in a blog post by proprietor Jay Porter. “When the hams are severed from the rest of the carcass, they’re kind of square-shaped on the end. To make the hams have an award-worthy appearance, we have to round them off.”
After the trim is cured, it’s ground twice before being put into a ham press gifted by Philadelphia-based Swiacki Meats. The pressed ham is then baked, cooled and seared.
Just take note: The Linkery Loco Moco is a Sunday only special (aww…) that’s available to order all day Sunday (yay!)
Sorry, Susanna Hoffs. With this in your gut, I doubt you’ll make your train on Monday.
The Linkery | 3794 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104 | Open Mondays to Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Brunch only served on the weekends. The Linkery Loco Moco is only served on Sundays.
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