While the vibe and most of the beers are solid, the main takeaway is one word: overpriced.
The food is outrageously marked up for BBQ that is laced with fat, low on flavor, and exorbitant in price. The ribs were dry and had no meat on them. As far as beers go, some of magnolias are solid and others are very weak. Price starts at $7 for a 20 oz or 14 oz--which is fine if its a knockout brew but really annoying if its a weak, buttery ale.
Worth checking out if you haven't been, but keep all of the above in mind. Above all else, the pricing is what really really knocks this place down. I have always loved and supported Magnolia, but they're getting the feel of a sellout with their pricing these days; Cellarmaker has far better beers at a lower price.
A solid, local neighborhood bar with a great atmosphere. My go-to for 49ers football. The bar food is damn good too. I've had a burger, veggie burger, breakfast chroizo tacos, and the famous bacon-wrapped tots--all are really, really good. Solid bloody mary's as well, albeit a little pricey at $8.
Order a PBR and guess the playing card number/suit that's underneath the cap and they'll pay for your beer. I actually won the last time I was there.
As much as it pains me to say this, considering how much I love Lagunitas, the taproom experience fell way short of expectations. I was hoping for a bunch of special limited Lagunitas brews on tap and an entirely different vibe than the one we encountered.
They only featured one or two beers they normally don't offer in retail: this was the primary disappointment for me. Maybe it was just a bad day to go--it was incredibly busy and there were a lot of bros there. Or maybe that's just how it usually is on the weekends? I'm not sure since it was my first time. If I'm in the area again, I'll give it another shot but the first encounter was a letdown. .
Beautiful place and a nice tasting that didn't break the bank. The cheese pairings were spot on. The lavender others have talked about must have just been harvested since the bushes were low but still really tranquil and scenic.
I'm new to Sonoma wineries so I can't say how it stacks up against the competition, but it stands on its own merit. All the wine we sampled was really nice, the highlights being the chardonnay and one of their merlots, which is surprising since I never cared much for either varietal. Cheers.
Awesome ribs! Stumbled upon this place while walking through TL and figured I'd give it a shot with a to-go order. The owner was super nice and helpful. Ended up getting ribs, collard greens, and cajun potato salad. I was happy with all three.
Why 3 stars instead of 4 or 5? As much as I want to give it more stars, I can't overlook the microwave thing that others have mentioned. As soon as my food went in a to-go container, she popped it into the microwave for a few minutes. I'm not a big fan of microwaving anything other than popcorn since it usually gives the food a weird consistency and can destroy flavor. In order to salvage the meal, I told her she didn't have to since I planned on heating it at home, so she kindly took it out. The other reason for 3 stars was that the meal was pricey ($25 bucks in total for the ribs and two side dishes) and my girlfriend felt the collard greens were too salty (they were salty, but I liked them).
All in all, a solid BBQ place even with the flaws. The ribs were really meaty and tender, so it was easy to overlook the drawbacks. I'd go back.
Love this place. It's like a glorious oasis unto itself, tucked away and smack dab in the middle of the touristy, overpriced, annoying chaos of the wharf. For some inexplicable reason, this bar never gets inundated with tourists and is always quiet, comfortable and a great spot to enjoy a pint. They have about 60 different taps so there's a great selection to choose from, especially Anchor.
Acoustic music on Fridays is always good and they have a patio for when the weather is nice.
Really nice Italian restaurant that's away from the chaos of Columbus St in North Beach. Enjoyed some burrata and meatballs as an appetizer. Both were great. The meatballs were dense, but not tough, nice flavor and the homemade sauce was done well.
I went with the popular Carlesimo which features house-made rigatoncelli, pancetta, porcini, peas, sun-dried tomatoes, spicy tomato cream. It was tasty and I was not disappointed.
My girlfriend got their pasta special of the night which also had house-made pasta, shrimp, and a lemon wine sauce. She enjoyed it but noted that the shrimp were overcooked. Not egregiously so, but definitely noticeable.
While my heart likes this place more than 3 stars, I could only logically provide 3 considering the more-than-lengthy wait in between appetizer and entree, overcooked shrimp, and the simple fact that I wasn't blown away by my entree as I anticipated.
A great experience for sure and a place worth checking out.
Along with Golden Boy, this is the best pizza I've had since moving to SF from the East Coast.
The wood-fire oven is a bonus, and they are clearly doing something right with the dough because it's the only moist, chewy crust I've had since coming here (the rest are a consistency of thick, dry, stale bread). My girlfriend and I had the olives (amazing), house-made buffalo mozzerella (really good), a margherita pie (delicious) and a marinara pie (also tasty).
Everything was good. I reserve 5 stars for a couple reasons:
1. Pricey--13 bucks for a small pie is too much
2. Although the dough was great, it was a bit undercooked in the crust of our first pie. I'd totally take that over having it over done, and it was still delicious, so it's not a big deal.
All in all, it was a great experience. We'll definitely be back. If you need an East Coast-style pizza fix, this is it.
Home of what is likely my favorite sandwich on the planet (prosciutto, fresh mozz, roasted red peppers, and pesto on ciabatta).
Nowhere does italian sandwiches better than this place--not in NY, not anywhere. The freshest ingredients, teeming with flavor. I'm very particular when it comes to prosciutto and it's fantastic here--tender and no weird aftertaste that afflicts lesser quality prosciutto. Everything they do at this market is fantastic.
I miss going to this place for lunch while I worked in the area. I'll have to make my way back one day.
I'll keep this one short and sweet--went in with very lofty expectations and Elephant Sushi delivered. Very fresh fish and truly inventive dishes.
My girlfriend and I went for her birthday and everything was fantastic. Enjoyed the Beastie Boys, Himalayan trout, and one other roll that I can't remember off the top of my head. Everything was delicious. The cheap sake bombs were a nice touch as well.
Service was solid and made some great recommendations. Atmosphere was modern, casual, and cozy. Not overtly pricey for a sushi place either, which was an added bonus.
In the end, it was some of the best sushi I've ever had.
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San Francisco, CA, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Juni 2011Dinge, die ich mag
Craft beer, Football, Comedy, Seafood, Mexican, Cajun, Garage Rock, A Good Slice