by Jim Petrak on
One Midtown Kitchen has a beautiful atmosphere -- starry lights, tree-like sculptures, and a lit-up bar that vaguely resembled a spaceship. Even the entrance is impressive. I would recommend this spot for a date night. Especially with their great deals on wine (as low as $5/ glass or $3/ half glass or even a bottomless glass) But if your date's a foodie, you might only want to stay for drinks. We split a beet salad, duck confit and sausage gnocchi. We felt good about supporting locally-sourced ingredients, but not as good about the taste of the food and price of the items. Almost all of our dishes were too salty. And then we decided to order dessert by sharing a parnsip spice cake. The presentation was beautiful, but sadly that cake was dry. Maybe we'll have better luck next time.
by Travis I. on
Proximity to my crib has a LOT to do with this review... Otherwise I'd be likely to give it three stars. Maaaaaybe 3.5. My last visit to the ol' SF Saloon was awesome. It was in the midst of a 49ers game ((Monday night football)). It was the first time I realized that this was an actual SF fans' hangout. Dur!!! Who has two thumbs and feels like a moron? THIS guy! Regardless of the hordes of drunken men and women, the service was attentive and courteous. It was actually the best service I'd ever received in my 8 years of patronage. Maybe they have all the cute and talented girls working game nights. All I know is that my beer glass never went empty, and the waitress was happy to spend a couple minutes tableside, just shooting the shit. I likey. The food is nothing to write home about, but after a few pints, it sure hits the spot. Wings, burgers, fries... Typical bar food. Despite some reivews I've read, I quite fancy the wings (I always ask for 'em extra crispy). Another thing that doesn't often occur to a bar-goer when it comes to drinks is the smoothie. This place makes a mean smoothie. No booze, but really great flavors. Fruity, thick, and just plain good. No snobs or pretentious folks for miles. It's not trendy and it doesn't try to be. And I like that. Nothing worse than a bar who spent so much money on decor that they feel justified in charging you $8 for a pint. Screw that scene. SF Saloon is a good neighborhood saloon to wet your whistle and just unwind.