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Feb 23, 2011 07:22 AM

Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

Every so often, I like to make baked goods and share them with my friends, but instead of having them come to my place, I'll meet them at Shotwell's Bar in the Mission since they don't have a problem with people bringing their own food. I will tell people to buy drinks there since they're letting us hang out.

My question is: Are there other places like this in SF? I'm ideally looking for a place that serves drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), but will let me bring my desserts to share with friends.

I've been going to Shotwell's and they've never had a problem with it, but would like to know about other places around SF. Mission/SoMa would be great, but other neighbourhoods not a problem.

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  1. Pop's on 24th would probably let you, I bring in tortas from La Torta Gorda (across the street) and eat them there all the time.

    La Torta Gorda
    2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Kristine

      Oh good to know. I'll have to check out Pop's next time.

    2. Terroir. People bring in food from Spencer's To Go and Chairman Bao all the time.

      Terroir Natural Wine Merchant & Bar
      1116 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Wow, I had no idea! Thanks for the tip Robert.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          They're idiosyncratic. I got no guff for my Spencer on the Go food, but on another visit he joked about using his baseball bat on me for the food I brought in, I think partly because they were trying to introduce more food options at Terroir. Best to ask in advance and be polite, as in most situations.

          1. re: SteveG

            I don't think they've added any food options, still just cheese and cold cuts.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I still wouldn't bring food into any place that serves their own food, even if it is just cheese and cold cuts. I think one is welcome to bring food into just about any of the divier bars in the city that don't serve food. Bourbon and Branch? Maybe not, since they're so into rules, but the majority of bars/taverns, no problem.

        2. Elixir, on 16th and Guerrero. People bring in stuff all the time. I suspect that most, if not all, neighborhood bars that don't serve their own food would allow this.

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          1. re: Joan Kureczka

            Ya, I figured that most places that don't serve their own food would be okay with people who brought their own, but figured I'd ask to see if people knew specific places that were cool with it.

          2. I had a birthday potluck at Edinburgh Castle once.

            Edinburgh Castle
            950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

            1. Does Haight St. Toronado Pub frown on stuff from other than next store Rosamunde?

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              1. re: wolfe

                Do they ever smile? There was a takeout curry chowdown years ago that ended up at Toronado for the eating phase. I would bet that what you can do on a quiet Tuesday night is pretty different than what you can get away with on a crowded Friday night.

                1. re: wolfe

                  definitely not - especially given that rosamunde's closes at 11, i've taken in many a slice from next door mythic pizza

                  1. re: vulber

                    I bring Memphis Minnie's fare to Toronado often and have carried in food from home a few times.
                    However, don't ask for napkins.

                    1. re: vulber

                      The Molotov lets you bring in Mythic too.