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Recurring theme - heading to SF this weekend.....quick bite Fri night, brunch and pub suggestions please.

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soriold Jan 17, 2008 06:50 PM

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
...........thanks!

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    chutney Jan 18, 2008 02:27 PM

    Cit Beer on Folsom might also be worth checking out!

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      rahir Jan 18, 2008 09:39 AM

      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!

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      Alembic
      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

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      1. re: rahir
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        mchan02 Jan 18, 2008 10:13 AM

        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.

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        Brenda's French Soul Food
        652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Mad Dog In the Fog
        530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

        1. re: rahir
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          soriold Jan 18, 2008 12:37 PM

          Absinthe comes highly recommended by several - and the name is awfully appealing :) Thanks.

        2. rworange Jan 18, 2008 08:53 AM

          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
          Monk's Kettle
          http://www.chow.com/digest/4604

          Wunder Brew
          http://www.chow.com/digest/4139

          The Trappist
          http://www.chow.com/places/10039

          There's a third new place but I'm blanking on the name.

          Anyway the old standby is Toronado
          http://www.chow.com/places/9556

          A few places for brunch or breakfast nearby
          DeLassio
          http://www.chow.com/places/925
          Brenda's French Soul Food
          http://www.chow.com/places/8946
          Citizen Cake
          http://www.chow.com/places/1269

          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.
          http://www.chow.com/places/8722

          Hope you will report back on what you tried and how you liked it ... or didn't.

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          1. re: rworange
            Carrie 218 Jan 18, 2008 08:57 AM

            The Thirsty Bear has two pool tables -- upstairs. Confirmed. I shoot there often.

            I also shoot pool at Jillian's (mediocre beer and food), The Abbey (beer, no food), The Bitter End (two tables upstairs, mediocre bar food, beer), and The Dogs Bollix (beer, no food).

            1. re: rworange
              Atomica Jan 18, 2008 05:21 PM

              DeLessio (trying to add link; did not work). Anyway, it's DeLessio -- spelled that way.

              http://www.delessiomarket.com/

              1. re: Atomica
                rworange Jan 18, 2008 06:26 PM

                The link to the place rec is in my post.

                I don't like direct linking when it is a one line rec. To me it makes the linked record option less useful. Instead of getting useful reports you get a lot of 'I like xxx" and that's it.

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              Fig Newton Jan 18, 2008 08:52 AM

              For brunch on Sunday, Bar Jules is right next door to Suppenkuche.

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              Bar Jules
              609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              1. Carrie 218 Jan 18, 2008 08:25 AM

                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.

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                  soriold Jan 18, 2008 12:21 PM

                  Oooh, sounds fab.....thanks!

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