Recurring theme - heading to SF this weekend.....quick bite Fri night, brunch and pub suggestions please.
My husband and I are heading to SF (from LA) this weekend (common theme I know). Going to Bar Tartine Saturday night, Suppenküche Sunday night (my husband is German)......so I feel we have the evening meals taken care of. So this is what we need:-
a) a quick bite Friday night after we arrive...was thinking Delfina for pizza...other suggestions?
b) some good brunch places (we are staying near the Civic Center BART station)
c) alternative/ cool pubs to have a few beers (the emphasis here is on beer) and shoot some pool later in the evening
For pool and nosh, I would heartily recommend the Thirsty Bear (661 Howard St.). They are just around the corner from Jillian's which has better (read: regulation) pool tables, but The Thirsty Bear is a great brew-pub, brewing upwards of 8 or 10 different beers at any given time. They have a nice tapas menu and the pool tables are upstairs. Perfect for what you are looking for! Might be the perfect place to start with when you arrive on Friday evening. I reccomend the Congrejo Toastado a warm crab & Manchego cheese dip toasted on sourdough bread with mixed green salad.
For brunch on Sunday, Bar Jules is right next door to Suppenkuche.
609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
IIRC, Thirsty Bear has a pool table Maybe someone can confirm. The places I know in SF with pool tables don't have good beer.
There are a number of new beer places in SF for beer but don't think any have pool tables
There's a third new place but I'm blanking on the name.
Anyway the old standby is Toronado
Zuni has light, but lovely breakfasts on and off. Not sure the current status, but it is my favorite when they have it perfectly poached eggs with lighlty toasted baguette type of thing. You could wander up to Delassio after for a pastry.
Dottie's in the Tenderloin is not too far.
Hope you will report back on what you tried and how you liked it ... or didn't.
Absinthe, in Hayes Valley, does a lovely brunch. I second Monk's Kettle and Wunder Brew for beer. You may also want to try Magnolia's or The Alembic (no pool tables). Also, the San Francisco Brewing Company (not sure about pool) over on the edge of North Beach is always a treat!
1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
San Francisco Brewing Co
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
If you're not afraid to walk through a pretty seedy (but not dangerous) neighborhood, Brenda's French Soul Food has a great brunch and is very close to Civic Center.
I'd second the recommendation for Absinthe, as well.
Mad Dog in the Fog has 2 pool tables and two dart boards (I certainly wouldn't call it "alternative", though). They have a passable beer selection and a nice back patio. It's within walking distance of Suppenküche.
Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Mad Dog In the Fog
530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117