Happy Endings Kitchen is the late-night Filipino-influenced menu served from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Mercury Lounge. We stopped by post-concert last Friday around 1 a.m., ears still ringing, only to be greeted by the welcome (if loud) and impassioned singing of Lisa Lisa and other '80s freestyle divas.
It was raucous in there, but the service was still markedly friendly as we got down to ordering. Some clearly nice meat in the pork sisig nachos ($9) was obscured by distinctively icky fake cheese sauce, and the sweet potato fries ($7) had a pleasing crispness but cost about twice as much as they should, but there was one item that proved to be a solid value for taste and price. The Mercury Dawg ($5), a bacon-wrapped, kimchi-laden hot dog, could have used even more of the magical Sriracha sauce on top for us heat heathens, but still made its spicy, vinegared point well. It hasn't made us swear off street food that's actually from the street, but it's a good option for the wee hours.
Happy Endings Kitchen at Mercury Lounge 1582 Folsom (at 12th St.), 551-1582; Fri.-Sat. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.