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Wayfare TavernWayfare Tavern
American (New) / American (Traditional) / Barbeque / Bars / Pubs
    • 3.5
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Decor: 3.5

Walking in, the space feels more live a fancy British tavern than actual restaurant and this particular weeknight, the place is jumping after work. 7 years in and people are still coming. I want to take that as a good sign. The menu for dinner is small and what they call focused. Chicken dish, fish dish, pork dish, steak thing, a burger and something for the vegetarian in your group. Though, that could describe the menu at about 50% of the restaurants in this town.

 

The roasted short rib bone marrow with blackberries, watercress and shaved radish served with toast points. Well, at least we got one for each of us! Bonus points that the bread was buttered in addition to being toasted, though we could have used a couple more pieces. The meat was tender, juicy and almost tasted like it had some smoke flavor to it. Instead of being all fatty and buttery like some marrows, this was more like tiny shredded meat.

 

I asked for medium rare and definitely got that. The brie had a strong flavor balanced out by the marmalade I did like. Fortunately, there wasn't really much of the brie rind, which I don't like. The burger was juicy, the bread buttered, the bacon smoky and thick enough to taste and the egg just added more richness it probably didn't need. I enjoyed the burger, not a $24 enjoyment. It really needed some kind of crunch in there like maybe fresh lettuce for me, just to counter act all the soft going on. It is like a business man's burger, great if your expensing it out. Good but too pricey if you aren't. The fries didn't necessarily make it worth the price, they were at least hot and crispy, but it wasn't like you were getting a plateful, just a small cup on the side.

 

Next we went for one of their most popular dishes, the fried chicken. It was 3 pieces of chicken that was sous vide, brined in buttermilk, coated in seasoned flour then fried. All for the princely sum of $26!!!! Yes, that is only 3 kind of small pieces AND NO SIDES?!?!?

 

We didn't exactly get ours hot and crispy directly from the fryer. It wasn't cold, more slightly above warm, but not hot. The outside was mostly crispy, but spots over each of the piece were quite oily. The seasoning was also way too salty. It was the first thing both of us noticed, that and the fact it was right on the edge of being dry. It wasn't stringy or anything, but it wasn't nice and juicy like a deep fried chicken should be.

 

What can I say, the place is pricey for a "tavern" and Southern food, especially if all you have isn't a winner. But even then, I still get a twingey intake of breath when I think about $22 for a burger. And the less I have to think about that "fried chicken" again, the better. I think between the price the food, it is okay and works great for a business expense account dinner or special occasion, since someone else is probably paying. 

 

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Pinecrest Diner 401gearyPinecrest Diner 401geary
Diners / Breakfast & Brunch
    • 3.5
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Decor: 2.5

It has been really long while since I have been here and walking in is kind of like stepping back in time to the 60's with all the dark wood paneling, booths and vinyl. The place however is surprisingly clean and well kept like a cherished heirloom in your grandmother's house. No sticky counters or grease stains on the wall here.

 

It is not very crowded as I wander down and take the last seat at the far end of the counter. It affords me a long view of the diner and a front row seat to the guy cooking on the grill behind the counter. Since I'm here for one thing, I skip to the last page of the menu while noting their other offerings like spaghetti bolognese, shrimp louie, fried chicken, salisbury steak(!) and country fried steak and gravy. Ahhh....all the classics.

 

But my craving zeros in on the mushroom and Swiss burger which comes with fries for $11.95. That is SF pricing, in Kansas it would probably be $8.95 or something. I am like, whatever, though you will be surprised to know I decided to skip the bacon addition. Instead I change those regular fries to sweet potato fries for another $2. Then add in another $2.50 for a giant glass of tea which I'm fine with as I will probably drink 3 of them before I'm done. With tax and tip it ends up somewhere around $20. Again, SF pricing. But this is what I got.

 

Lettuce, tomato, pickle, side of mayo, 6 ounce burger patty on a toasted sesame seed bun with a generous helping of mushrooms and Swiss cheese. Not to mention a boat load of THIN CUT sweet potato fries, something you don't see very often.

 

I asked for it medium rare just to see what I would get and sure enough, the dude cooked it right up to a nice pinkish red in the center and a lovely little char on the outside. The burger was messy, juicy and tasty in all the right ways. Slather on some fatty mayo, that slightly sweet Heinz ketchup and crunchy lettuce and it is burger heaven for me. I end up cutting it in half just to be able to eat it all with as little mess and napkins as I can manage. Yum.

 

And the sweet potatoes fries were fresh out of the fryer, hot, crispy and lightly salted. Of course that was a little part of my plan with getting them. I figure no one else has ordered any so the ones I get will new and not ones that have been sitting around awhile. It is a sneaky way to get fresh fries. Another is to ask for ones without salt as they will do a new batch and you can still get them hot and salt 'em yourself.

It was like when a plan comes all together. Your craving meets a place that on that particular day does exactly what you want them to do, the way you want them to do it. A juicy burger, some crisp fries, a giant glass of tea and all is well in hunger town.

 

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    • 4.0
  • Food: 4.0
  • Service: 4.0
  • Decor: 2.5

The place has been around for a while now, but for whatever reason (laziness!!) I just never got off my bum to get out to it. The place is in small hamlet of an area with a few other shops and restaurants. It is a tiny hole in the wall and if not for the parklet out front, I would have missed it totally. They have an array of baked goods on offer in addition to what some call "the best breakfast sandwich in San Francisco". That's what has drawn out to Devil's Teeth initially as of course I want to weigh in with my judgement on the sandwich.

 

berry pop tart

 

First up is their version of a pop tart. We all know I'm not gonna pass that up. Though theirs is more of an homage to pop-tarts. It is a flaky croissant like dough filled with a mixed berry compote, a sugar glaze and sprinkles(?) on top. The shell is most definitely flaky, so much so it quite literally fell apart like you see in the pic above. Whether I pulled it apart or bit into it, it flaked away. Most of what you taste is the sugar glaze as it was sweeter than a Southern iced tea. Which might have been fine had there been more of the tart berry compote. As is, the filling was more like a fine sheen inside as to being filled like a donut or something. Kind of reminded me of one of those frozen turnovers you get at the grocery store. Sugary sweet and never enough filling.

 

special breakfast

 

This is the Special Breakfast: two eggs scrambled with pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, avocado and lemon garlic aioli on their homemade buttermilk biscuit. All for around $7. To say this is a big breakfast sandwich is an understatement. And for the price, it is truly a handful and mouthful.

 

But as you can see, I managed to get a full bite. At first I was dubious, I mean all those items have a lot of flavor on their own and I wondered if they would be muddied or get lost. Surprisingly, they do not. You can actually taste each of 'em. All together, they blend and compliment each other well. I was also worried about the aioli, but the lemon and garlic are more like an essence when mixed with the avocado and bacon. You can taste them but they are not off putting. The lemon isn't cloying and the garlic isn't overwhelming. The biscuit was also lovely and buttery and held together through every bite. This is very good breakfast sandwich biscuit. Best in the city? Well, I don't like to give that much praise but it is one of the best you can get, even if you have to go all the way out to the beach to get it.

 

cinnamon sugar donut muffin

 

While it is in the shape of a muffin, the dough is more akin to what you will find in an old-fashioned--thick and cake like. Thus the reason they call it a donut muffin. It worked really well to satisfy a baked good craving and I'm pretty sure it hits the mark for my hefty dessert fix too. After eating half of it, I took the other half home. I did exactly what you would expect me to, I warmed it up and spread a little butter on it. Yum, yum, yum, it was like a coffee cake and donut all in one. I can't imagine having one of these for breakfast, I'd need a nap after. Well, maybe on my day off then.

 

Overall, some really good things and some not so good things, but there is always that Special Breakfast sandwich to save the day. 

 

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The BirdThe Bird
American / Sandwiches
    • 4.0
  • Food: 4.0
  • Service: 4.0
  • Decor: 3.0
  • Meal price: $10 - $19

I saw the write ups about the place and they followed me on twitter (thanks for that!), but I figured I'd let the hype of a new place to eat in San Francisco die down some before giving them a try. Mostly because, I saw a few photos of folks lining up and lines ain't my thing. Plus, if they are only serving a limited amount, I'm just not going to be able to get there early enough to get one. Yeah, yeah, call me a bad SF foodie, whatever, eventually I'd be able to not have to endure all that rigmarole. Imagine my surprise then, when on a recent Friday, I was strolling by the place around 2:30ish pm and not only was it still open, there was NO LINE! Folks were there, but it wasn't packed. For a Friday lunch time, I figured they would have sold out, but lucky me, there were still a few left. So I sidled up the counter and ordered 1 chicken sandwich $8 and 1 side of curly fries $2.50.fried chicken sandwich

A large, battered and deep fried chicken breast on a toasted bun with sliced pickles, celery, mayo and apple slaw. The breast seems to be double battered which helps make it extra crisp and crunchy. It also has a berbere spice blend mixed in which gives it some subtle flavors of chili and garlic. The white meat inside is also tender and juicy. The slaw is a tangy, almost vinegary mix of purple cabbage, apple and I'm pretty sure some red onion. Kind of (more) crunchy and slightly sweet. A nice combo with the pickle slices. For the price, it is also a big hefty portion. The sandwich comes in a spicy version also with their house made sriracha. I'd say get the regular like I did as they have the spicy sauce in a pump next to the ketchup. You can get your own side of it and spice more to your taste likes. It is worth trying as the kick is another nice flavor blend with the slaw, mayo and chicken.

 

From first bite to last, I hated myself for how much I actually liked this sandwich. I'm not Mikey, I don't dislike everything, but rarely am I really into a sandwich of all things. Sure, there are good ones in town, but few get themselves up to, "boy that was REALLY GOOD, I want another one!' for me, but this one did. Who knows, maybe I was very hungry or just delirious from running errands all day. Whatever the reason, I gobbled it up and enjoyed every deep fried bit.

 

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    • 3.0
  • Food: 3.0
  • Service: 3.5
  • Decor: 2.5
  • Meal price: $10 - $19

You can get your burger in beef, turkey, veggie (if you must) or chicken breast. You can build your own or go for one of their named burgers. Here's a tip: unless you only want one topping on your burger, it is always a better bargain to get a burger joints named combos. You'll find once you add it up, building your own will run more. Here, the combos are $8.75, which falls somewhere in the mid-range of burger prices in San Francisco. And no, these don't come with fries, that will be extra, of course. For my burger, I picked the Northern.

 

the Northern burger

 

A grass fed beef patty, sauteed mushrooms and onions, Swiss cheese and mayo on a toasted kaiser roll. And because it is me, I coughed up the extra $1.25 for some applewood smoked bacon. That is $10 for a burger, no sides, ugh, par for the course in SF I guess.

 

It's a decent size, not as small as Super Duper, not as big as Barney's, just somewhere in-between. Probably around a six ounce or so burger cooked medium, with more a glow of pink as opposed to a medium rare. The burger was juicy and you do get ample toppings including a good serving of crispy, tasty bacon. Flavor wise, what you see is what you taste. The beef, the onions, the bacon. It is a solid burger. Sort of the burger you get from a decent neighborhood joint--if you live in the neighborhood and don't feel like going to far from home because it has been a long day at work, you don't want to cook and a non fast food burger sounds really great right now. Not necessarily something you need to go out of your way to track down.

 

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