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Aug 6, 2007 07:38 AM

birthday dinner for beer guy during SF visit?

I'm a chowhound from Durham, NC. My husband and I will be visiting SF (staying in downtown Marriott) from this Friday, 8/10 until Tuesday 8/14. His birthday is on the 12th. He's into specialty brews and burgers. Any ideas for a birthday dinner along these lines that's still nice enough for a special occasion? Thanks!

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    1. re: Husky

      The food at 21st Amendment was great for while but that chef left. Was fine but nothing special the last time I was there.

    2. Gordon Biersch makes a great burger as well as being known for their beer. The upstairs dining room is a little more formal than the bar area downstairs. It is a fun place that might just fit your requirements.

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      1. re: baseballfan

        Gordon Biersch is a good recommendation, but there are several of them throughout the country now if that makes a difference. The first one was in Palo Alto, CA. Subsequently, they opened in San Francisco and San Jose. (We even have one in Atlanta and I go there fairly often.)

        If you and your husband have time, don't miss the Anchor Steam brewery tour. Anchor Steam is a great beer and has been made in San Francisco since the late 1800s. The tour is great and the pours are generous. Call as soon as you can if you are interested as I believe they only do one a day and tend to book up. Here's a link: If you go, I would be interested in knowing about your experience, since I haven't been there in quite awhile.

        1. re: bananna slug

          I lived near Gordon Biersch for over a decade. The food is horrid. The beer mediocre.

          1. re: rworange

            There was a good chef there for a year or so, and a decent wine list. But yeah.

      2. I believe Burger Joint serves Anchor Steam on tap. If you want a specific SF beer, Anchor Steam would be it. It more or less is the mother of all micro-breweries in the U.S. starting the whole thing. You can also do a tour of the Anchor Steam brewery although no food. Close to downtown not so sure about...but many places carry it on tap or in the bottle. I'm sure there's many places, might ask the hotel staff.

        1. You need to head straight for Suppenkuche in Hayes Valley. It's close to downtown has lots of great German and Belgian beer and is more of a special occasion meal than Gordon Biersch or Burger Joint (which is just a burger joint). Enjoy!

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          1. re: chowmamasf

            I agree with the Suppenkuche rec. No brainer for a beer guy.

            1. re: Fussy Foodie

              Note that Suppenkuche is closed for renovations but will reopen next Monday. From today's Chronicle...

              No worries: Fans of Suppenkuche, the boisterous German restaurant in Hayes Valley (525 Laguna St., at Hayes), fear not: Even though the doors are shuttered, it's just for renovations. According to the answering machine, Suppenkuche is scheduled to reopen on Monday.

          2. Magnolia Pub. Best food of any of the brewpubs around here.

            Magnolia Pub & Brewery
            1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117