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marc p Nov 8, 2001 10:19 AM

All this talk about lost San Francisco favorites got me thinking about all the old after-work spots with free food that have disappeared in the 20-or-so years I've been working in the Financial District. I used to have an extensive list for occasional Friday afternoon TGIF sessions with friends or co-workers, but most of the places on my list are no more.

Anyone care to help me make a new list? I'm talking about watering holes -- divey or nice -- it doesn't matter -- so long as there's something more than chips and nuts offered on the house at happy hour. Interested in after-work SF places, so Financial District, Downtown, nearby SOMA, etc.

If we get a decent sized list, I'll compile and e-mail to anyone who expresses an interest.


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    Anne H. Nov 9, 2001 11:12 AM

    There is always McArthur Park, with chips and salsa, crudites and ranch dressing, and usually chix wings that are good or sometimes a more elaborate hot dish and cheese.

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      Kathleen Mikulis Nov 8, 2001 04:55 PM

      This is a great topic. I've been wanting to know where I can eat for free!

      I work in one of the Embarcadero Center office buildings and our Embarcadero Center newsletter a few months ago had these tidbits for Happy Hour:

      Fuzio - $2 appetizers
      Fujiya - $2.50 well drinks with complimentary appetizers
      Chevys - one free appetizer per pitcher of margaritas
      Pizzeria Uno - $2 off appetizers
      The Holding Company - free appetizers (Mon. - Thurs.)
      Lavash - free appetizers

      I haven't actually tried any of these places for Happy Hour, and don't know if these prices are still valid.

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      1. re: Kathleen Mikulis
        Ruth Lafler Nov 8, 2001 06:26 PM

        Hey, Kathleen! I work just across the street (50 California). There are several 'hounds who work in and around the Embarcadero Centers -- maybe we could all get together for lunch (dim sum anyone?) one day, or check out some of those freebie appetizers after work.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          Kathleen Mikulis Nov 9, 2001 07:28 PM

          That sounds cool. I'd love to do lunch sometime with other foodies. Cheap dim sum somewhere sounds great. Count me in.

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        Jim H. Nov 8, 2001 04:45 PM

        I've been out of the loop too long, but when my wife and I were working downtown, everyone flocked to the places with the best happy hour eats. I talked to some friends in the business, it is surprising how you can increase your gross with good eats to attract a crowd...also people don't seem to mind getting ripped off for the drinks. Often heard people say "the wine prices are steep, but the free hors d'oerves are great". A current listing would be great.

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          mikeylikesit Nov 8, 2001 12:49 PM

          The happy hour at the Tonga Room at the Fairmont is not free but its cheap. For $6 and a one drink minimum, you get an all you can eat dim sum buffet and a thunderstorm every 20 minutes. New Pisa restaraunt in North Beach used to have a free pretty nice Antipasto spread on Fridays.

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