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Haggis / Burns Night in San Francisco

eastCoastDan Jan 4, 2007 09:58 PM

I went to Burns Night at Edinburgh Castle last year. The festivities were great but the haggis was beyond terrible. I've had many a haggis over the years, and I know they can be delicious. Anybody have any other recommendations, preferably within SF?

  1. drewskiSF Jan 24, 2012 05:57 PM

    Melanie's post in the Events thread has several options. E Castle is only SF listed one, though there is one in Berkeley

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    1. re: drewskiSF
      CarrieWas218 Jan 25, 2012 06:43 AM

      Hurley's in Yountville is doing one this evening. I went last year and it was amazing - one of the best I have ever attended (I've been to about a dozen).

    2. Robert Lauriston Jan 24, 2012 05:40 PM

      The Local Butcher Shop made some haggis for those who want to celebrate at home.


      1. CarrieWas218 Jan 26, 2011 10:11 AM

        Also, EastCoastDan, can I guess that your horrible haggis near Edinburgh Castle was at The Witchery? I was in Scotland last year and as highly recommended as that restaurant is, it is by far one of the worst!

        Edinburgh Castle
        950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: CarrieWas218
          Windy Jan 26, 2011 10:22 AM

          Edinburgh Castle in San Francisco

          Edinburgh Castle
          950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

          1. re: Windy
            CarrieWas218 Jan 26, 2011 10:27 AM

            <lame> Ohhhhhh..... I get it. </lame>

            1. re: CarrieWas218
              wolfe Jan 26, 2011 11:03 AM

              City dropper. ;-)

              1. re: wolfe
                Windy Jan 26, 2011 12:24 PM

                Can't hurt to know where the worst haggis in Edinburgh is. Not that I'd expect much from a place called the Witchery.

                1. re: Windy
                  CarrieWas218 Jan 26, 2011 12:28 PM

                  You'd be surprised; it is a stunning restaurant in its decor and atmosphere with over-wrought food. The problem is that it has had so many celebrities visit that it is riding its own coattails of pretense.

                  Here's my report: http://feast-blog.com/edinburgh-the-w...

        2. CarrieWas218 Jan 26, 2011 10:10 AM

          I'm thrilled to say that I booked a last-minute reservation for Hurley's Burns Dinner this evening in Yountville. I have only been to Burns Dinners in Los Angeles and never could find one in the city and wasn't quite willing to travel to Oakland.

          Here's the menu: http://www.hurleysrestaurant.com/imag...

          1. Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2011 07:54 AM

            For future reference, Commonwealth Pub had it last night. Also had "veggie haggis," whatever that is. Didn't make it there so can't report on the quality, but the food's usually very good.

            CommonWealth Cafe & Public House
            2882 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              mielemaiale Jan 26, 2011 08:31 AM

              The haggis, the beer, the Scotch eggs, and the service were excellent at Commonwealth last night. I'd never had haggis before, and this savory, unctuous yet toothsome rendition, with a delicate rosemary flavored sauce and smashed neeps and tatties was to die for. I'd eat this haggis any night of the year.

              CommonWealth Cafe & Public House
              2882 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Robert Lauriston Jan 24, 2012 05:38 PM

                Commonwealth's doing it again this year (tomorrow).

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