When it comes to gastropub fare, San Francisco is a haven of modern-day taverns doling out hearty sausages (read: crispy shrimp-and-pork croquettes), craft brews and killer cocktails.
The next time you’re in search for an inventive gastropub in the Bay Area, look no further. Here’s were to go:
What It Is: A London-inspired brasserie from the team behind Marlowe and Park Tavern.
What Our Inspectors Say: “The restaurant has quickly become a see-and-be-seen haunt of the tech oligarchy (complete with a private club). However, the food is spot-on and homey, as seen in the corned beef-and-potato hash topped with a gently poached egg. Though reservations are a must, its location in the Hotel Zetta means service runs from morning to night, giving diners plenty of options.”
What It Is: Jacob Racusin, Zack Schwab, Shane Matthews and Brian Shin’s gorgeous and bustling eatery on Fillmore.
What Our Inspectors Say: “Upscale but unpretentious, The Snug's menu is serious for a bar, spanning both snacks (think green garlic fritters rolled in an umami-rich wasabi pea powder) and more substantial plates like charred octopus with smoked avocado purée, ramps and melon. They meld nicely with the refreshing draft cocktails, like the nitrogenated, mezcal-spiked take on a Last Word.”
What It Is: A Financial District favorite by celebrity chef Tyler Florence.
What Our Inspectors Say: “Hearty Americana with seasonal accents defines the menu. Meals here usually begin with piping-hot popovers, and then proceed to buttermilk-brined fried chicken—both of which are the chef's signature dishes. Even fish specials, like pan-roasted salmon with wilted leeks, are pure comfort, as is the strawberry cheesecake finished with a graham cracker tuile.”
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