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Mar 16, 2007 08:49 PM

Authentic Irish in Bay Area

The other day the Chronicle had an article on authentic irish food,
including a recipe and a great looking pictures of steak & oyster stew
and coleslaw with brie dressing. But they didn't mention restaurants
at all. Anybody know of a place to get good Irish food in the Bay Area?
Anyplace make steak & oyster stew? Please?

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  1. Heh, I asked this a few years back, and did some searching on my own. The best bet seems to be to try some of the Irish pubs in SF which also serve food. There were a couple, if I recall.

    I almost tried Beckett's in Berkeley but heard too many negative things about the food. It's a lot more of a college bar than a restaurant. (then again, this is secondhand knowledge, and it's been a long time since I've seen a report here).

    Good luck, be sure to post if you find a good place!

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    1. re: Marc Wallace

      I've had decent fish and chips at Beckett's, but I haven't tried anything else on the menu--which includes a "quesadilla of the day" and humus and pesto with pappadums! In other words, the menu is all over the place. However the people working there are Irish and they do offer corned beef and cabbage on Thursdays.

    2. O'Reilly's Holy Grail's excellent, in San Francisco - but there's a new place in Santa Rosa claiming authentic irish cuisine, which O'Reilly's may not be in the orthodox sense.

      Anybody got the name for Santa Rosa?

      1. Okay, here's an "only in SF" tip. New Taravel Cafe (Taravel and 20th) serves a Irish breakfast special but it's run by a Chinese family. It's a hole-in-the-wall to be sure but inexpensive and on most weekday mornings half the customers are Irish construction workers. I can't say if the Irish breakfast is good but Irish guys are eating it. The rest of the menu is typical greasy spoon American diner food...pancakes, burgers, etc.

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        1. re: ML8000

          Do they offer both white and black pudding?

          For Google Maps etc. that's actually spelled Taraval.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I can't recall...thinking back there were 3-4 Irish items and it might be on there but don't hold me to it. Haven't been in 3 years. Also, it's a breakfast and lunch place so they close at 2:30 or 3 p.m. Other info: they roast a whole turkey everyday and serve sandwiches and hot plates. The hot plates were just so-so but the sandwiches were good.