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May 16th, 2008 · No Comments

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Finally we get away for a weekend in sunny CA. A bit of research at the SF Chronicle’s awesome ‘top 100’ list yields this place, it’s easy to get a late reservation so we decide to give it a go.

The short version: I’d go back here any time, with people from work, with friends from SF, with friends from out of town. It’s a comfortable space, the portions are gigantic, and the drinks are actually pretty great. The food isn’t amazing, but it’s a step above most similar bar/restaurant-type places. Service is great, fast, and friendly; the wine- and cocktail-lists are comprehensive, and it’s open late. Beware the fries. We had heard that they were supposed to be great; in reality, the gigantic bowl of fries that came were soggy and a bit too greasy. Maybe on some other night they would have been great, but a bit of a disappointment for us. Everything else was pretty great. Below you’ll see the flatbread, fries, pizza, chicken, and beef.

The longer version…..One of the late-night trendy but casual dining establishments in SF – serving food until 1am. It was hopping downstairs by the bar and communal table when we arrived (late) for our 11:30pm reservation. Portions are HUGE. The meat is very good – we had the pork chop and the roast chicken – both tasty and juicy and, at least the chicken, is cooked on their huge rotisserie. Interesting that they stuff herbs underneat the skin of the roasting chicken. Although we had read the fries were good, we were sadly disappointed. The flatbread is like a pizza topped with tasty chunks of fatty pork (but again for an appetizer – a huge portion). We also had the baked goat cheese which was a hit with our friend, A – a good thing since we are quick eaters and she did get much of a chance to get more than a bite of the meat dishes we shared. Interesting cocktail list with monthly feature drinks. This month it was pisco based drinks and we tried the Pisco Sour and Pisco Punch – both drinks hit the spot after our evening flight. Fun place for a drink and late night food – would go back but sit at the bar or communal table and order way less food.
We finished the meal with a delicious mint ice-cream sandwich and a mojito. Now why can’t all desserts come with an accompanying cocktail?

560 Divisadero @ Hayes
San Francisco, CA 94117
Approx $150 for dinner for 3 (lots of leftover food even for us) and drinks

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