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Where to drink ouzo/arak/raki with meze?

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  • jman1 Jul 3, 2011 06:27 PM
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Got a taste to enjoy some meze and drink some ouzo. Run into a problem that a hard liquor license is needed (not just a beer/wine/soju license). Many of the Greek/Turkish/Lebanese places don't have that and can't server ouzo.

I know Kokkari or it's Palo Alto sister, Evvia, is one option. Is that it? Other places?

BTW, Kokkari is great. Was just hoping for something a little less formal/pricey and maybe with outdoor tables.

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  1. Paul K and Ziryab in SF and Mezze in Oakland have full bars.

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    Mezze Restaurant & Bar
    3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

    Paul K Restaurant
    199 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102

    Ziryab
    528 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks. Which has better meze?

      I tried to view the Paul K menu online, but it didn't work for me.

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      Paul K Restaurant
      199 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. re: jman1

        Maybe Paul K, Ziryab, and Mezze, in that order. Ziryab's probably the most fun atmosphere and they have shisha.

        Paul K dinner menu:

        mezza
        mezza -- lamb riblets and kebabs, baba ganoush, cucumber salad, olives, feta,yogurt
        $16.
        vegetarian mezza -- artichoke hearts, hummus, baby beets, pickled carrots, feta, carrot mint yogurt
        $14.

        small plates
        Seasonal soup
        $7.
        Warm assortment of olives
        $3.
        Heirloom tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, ancho cress
        $9.
        Stone fruit , radicchio, basil, arugula, honey goat cheese,
        $9.
        House fries, fresh herbs, harissa ketchup
        $6.
        Batter fried okra, sumac aioli
        $7.
        Caramelized green tomato, goat cheese, arugula, grilled sour dough bread
        $11.
        Chicken liver pate, fruit cocktail, grilled bread
        $8.
        Pomrgranate braised Atkins lamb riblets, garlic yogurt
        $12.

        entrees
        Whole roasted branzino, white corn-cannelini bean succotash, herb butter
        $26.
        Seafood stew, white beans, pork sausage, harissa broth
        $23..
        Risotto, cherry tomatoes, pecorino cheese, basil
        $17.
        Grilled half chicken, baby spinach, yellow peach, onion, pomegranate molasses
        $20.
        Braised Niman Ranch pork shoulder, grilled red endive, stewed bing cherries
        $22.
        Syrian spiced duck breast, spelt, hazelnuts, black mission figs
        $24.
        Grilled black angus ribeye, blue cheese gratin, sauteed bloomsdale spinach
        $26.

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        Mezze Restaurant & Bar
        3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

        Paul K Restaurant
        199 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102

        Ziryab
        528 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117