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Haggis / Burns Night in San Francisco

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?

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  1. 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.

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

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      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.

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

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

      2. 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. 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!

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          Edinburgh Castle
          950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

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          1. re: CarrieWas218

            Edinburgh Castle in San Francisco

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            Edinburgh Castle
            950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

            1. re: Windy

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

                1. re: wolfe

                  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

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

            http://thelocalbutchershop.com

            1. Melanie's post in the Events thread has several options. E Castle is only SF listed one, though there is one in Berkeley
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8254...

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              1. re: drewskiSF

                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).

                1. re: wolfe

                  I've had them... They can be purchased at The Whisky Shop on Sutter. Not very haggis-tasting, I have to say...

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Hah hah har...I have a bag of those sitting in my snacks drawer. My SO brought them back from Edinburgh a few months ago. I've been afraid to open them. But not the cask strength islay unfiltered single malt she brung, that's about half empty!