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Apr 25, 2010 08:35 AM

Coming to SF to find gastro pubs and craft beer

Hi Im coming to SF in a couple of weeks to enjoy some gastro pubs and micro brews. Looking for some suggestions with great food, not the nacho quessadilla type. Any beer bar reccomondations too?


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  1. La Trappe in North Beach has a great selection of beers, Belgian and otherwise. Their menu is Belgian-influenced as well (moules frites, rabbit stew, etc.) but diverse and delicious.

    21st Amendment in SoMa (by the ballpark) is a more traditional brewpub, with their own tasty brews on tap. I've only had a burger there, which was very good, but the rest of the menu looks promising.

    La Trappe
    800 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    21st Amendment Brewery Cafe
    563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. La Trappe is very good, Belgian style beers and food to match, a little pricey. Monk's Kettle on 16th near Valencia is very good and should be on the top of your list. The pot pies are really good, the tap selection is solid and lots of bottles. Rosamunde on Mission between 24th and 25th should also be on your list. Great sausages and other dishes, 22 well selected taps and a really nice space. Toronado has some of the best taps in the bay area, and although they don't serve food themselves, you're welcome to bring in food from the neighborhood. There's a small Rosamunde with sausages right next door and Memphis Minnie BBQ across the street is really tasty. Even Chow has some pretty good food and beer taps. 21A is just ok. Beer is decent and food is alright, not great. Best choices are the burger and the individual pizzas. Even better is the new Public House next to AT&T. 24 taps, some really tasty food (mac and cheese). For more in-depth reports, check out allbrews.blogspot.com.
      Will you just be in SF? any particular neighborhood? Suffice to say, there's lots of options to fit just about any food style or taste.

      La Trappe
      800 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      The Monk's Kettle
      3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. For lots of beer choices, try Jack's at the Cannery on Fisherman's Wharf. 68 taps at last count. Food is available, but I haven't tried it; probably Wharf standard.

        1. The Tipsy Pig on Chestnut in San Francisco. Not a gastropub, maybe, but Delarosa just down the street from the Tipsy Pig has about 15 beers or more on tap and excellent food.

          Tipsy Pig
          2231 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

          2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

          1. Magnolia Pub, Luka's Taproom in Oakalnd.

            Don't miss the Trappist. Their food menu is very limited (cheese, cold cuts, panini) but there are many good restaurants within a few blocks, e.g. Shanghai, B Restaurant, Battambang, Spices!3.

            I see that 21st Amendment has radically changed its menu yet again so I guess my last report is out of date.

            Luka's Taproom
            2221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

            Shanghai Restaurant
            930 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

            850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

            Spices 3
            369 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

            The Trappist
            460 8th Street, Oakland, CA

            La Trappe
            800 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94133

            B Restaurant & Bar
            499 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              also consider the alembic, despite being owned by the same people as magnolia, their food is way better and you can get a few of the magnolia beers there