SF: Buena Vista Cafe - Irish coffee to go
It has been a few years since my last visit to the Buena Vista. LIttle if anything has changed ... including the bartenders.
Sitting at the bar on the sturdy wooden swivel stool, nursing a $7.25 Irish coffee, drinking in the ambiance and enjoying the view through the mirrors on the bar ... I noticed a sign for Irish coffee to go $14.
The bartender said that they put the coffee, sugar and cream in a mug. They give you a small bottle of Irish whiskey that can be added anytime after leaving the restaurant.
Having had an Irish coffee recently at Brannans I was curious how BV compared. Both were good, but I liked Brannans a bit more. Can't say why. Maybe the coffee itself. BV uses Peerless. The whiskey is Tullamore Dew. Not sure what Brannans is using. BV did have a better cream float ... thicker and richer.
It was Thanksgiving and BV was serving turkey dinner with pumpkin pie ($16). Fresh Crab was on the specials menu $16 half $26 whole (or close to those prices). There were a few other crab dishes.
The place was hopping. Ever bar stool, every counter seat, every table was occupied. Never realized there was also a downstairs room that also is supposed to have a view.
The bartenders still wear white jackets and black pants. Nice to know some things don't change much.
Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Sometimes my cravings for a B.V. Irish Coffee are baaad. I live in San Diego, so when I need a fix, I slip into O'Sullivans Pub in beautiful and sunny Escondido on Grand Ave. The bartender with the ponytail makes a killer concoction and serves it up with a fine attitude. He always deserves a big tip! So, when I'm in S.F., it's the Buena Vista - no doubt, but here in S.D., I drive the 20 minutes north to fix my hankerin' and get a sweet, creamy, strong Irish Coffee from O'Sullivans.