I was in San Francisco for a business trip and met up with a friend for dinner. From what I understand, the restaurant is in a location that used to be a little bit of a gangster bar. I can see that upon walking in. It's a funky place with tin ceiling tiles that has a dimly lit interior. But, you quickly forget all that when you sit down and start to smell the food. It is Southern food so don't head to this place to work on your low calorie diet.
On to the food...the fried pickles were something to write about (hence why I'm writing about them). They are battered in some flavorful stuff and then fried. They are served piping hot with a Tabasco aioli which isn't as spicy as that would lead you to believe. All in all, it was a great way to start. I was sitting next to a couple, as the tables are tight, who both had the fried chicken. I don't know the last time I had fried chicken prior to this but from the looks of it, I just had to have it. I was not disappointed. The chicken is moist and flavorful. Of course the batter is simply amazing and delicious but the chicken meat was also really amazing. I had said, when the plate arrived, I was good for 2 pieces of chicken and that was it. But, there I was eating piece number 3 without apology. My friend ordered the "Holy [--]" Burger and well, holy...you get the picture. This was a gigantic burger with everything but the kitchen sink. I think you could feed a family of 4 with that thing. We also tried the banana cheesecake. It was a dense tangy sweet delicious dessert. It had a great banana flavor with a chocolate crust. It was a great way to end the meal. The restaurant also had a pretty decent wine list.
My only complaint was that it was a slow process to finalize our tab. At some point in the evening, the computer went down so there was no way to take credit cards. Granted they were able to rectify the situation and were nice enough to comp the dessert. So, that level of service, along with the apology of the server, tells me they are a class act.
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