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Skool

 What brought me and my friend to Skool, tucked into a section of the Design District of San Francisco, was the Uni Flan and our obsession with seafood. Skool offers ‘Seafood with Japanese flair,’ and offers meals all throughout the day, with Vegetarian and Gluten Free menus as well. Many of the dishes they offer are rich and use fine meats and seafood, such as the Roasted Duck, Kobe Beef burger, and Squid Ink Spaghettina.

We had a late brunch, and of course ordered a boozy brunch drink (Hibiscus Prosecco – which was amazing) and the Uni Flan.

It was definitely worth coming here JUST for the Uni Flan. We hadn’t even gotten our entrees and we were already sold. The Uni Flan was a soft, light Sea Urchin flan topped with Ikura (Salmon Roe) and Fresh Uni, the perfect mixture of salt and cream. While Uni can be a hard sell (you either love it or you hate it), spread onto the small bites of crispy baguette, it was the perfect savory appetizer with the ‘seafood flair.’

For my main course, I ordered the Ton Toro Cassoulet, which was almost like a light chili with Braised Pork Cheek, a Poached Egg, white beans, and pickled jalapeños in a tomato sauce. When ordering it, I wasn’t exactly sure what would come out, but the Braised Pork Cheek was incredibly flavorful and tender with crispy outer edges, the egg was poached to perfection, and the pickled jalapeños gave a slight Mexican flavor to the classy bowl of chili I was consuming. I liked it so much that I tried to recreate it at home, but of course it wasn’t the same!

My friend ordered the Smoked Salmon Benedict with Avocado, and I have never seen such a lavish benedict! The English Muffin was topped with Spinach, Avocado, and bright slabs of Smoked Salmon, covered in a Crimini Cream sauce, a rich and creamy twist from the typical Hollandaise sauce. Don’t let the dark color of the sauce turn you off of this decadent benedict!

We were both definitely very impressed with Skool, with its rich flavors and vibrant colors, and are looking forward to coming back for brunch or trying their dinner menu! With a full bar and great patio seating, Skool will be a hot spot for SF brunching and dining.

 1725 Alameda St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Smokestack

Smokestack is the little sister of Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery. While Magnolia is known for their beers in the Haight, Smokestack offers beer AND amazing BBQ.

Located in the Dogpatch, Smokestack has a similar vibe and design of Magnolia, but with less people. There are more food options here than at Magnolia, with a large selection of BBQ items as well as other bar food. Both bars also have an absurd amount of classy liquors, with a whole side of the menu dedicated to top-shelf bourbon, rum, tequila, mezcal, vodka, rye, gin, and cocktails. Name a type of drink, and they’ll probably have it!

Everyday, Smokestack has a Daily Special, from Brisket to Jerk Spiced Chicken Wings. Wednesdays are Dollar Rib Days – which are juicy, tender, and flavorful, and can come with various sides such as Potato Salad, Baked Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, and other classic BBQ dishes. The ribs are marinated in a spicy sauce, and tear off the bone smoothly when eaten. Other meat dishes can be ordered, and the sides are always available to go with the meal.

While both Smokestack and Magnolia Brewing are visited often for their large selection of liquors and beers, it’s worth it to make the trek to the Dogpatch to enjoy a beer and BBQ without the packed spaces of the Magnolia Haight St. location!

2505 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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The Vestry

If you’re looking for a great Boozy Brunch, The Vestry is the place to go! Upon arrival it was very empty, but the tables filled up quickly last Saturday morning as everyone dragged themselves out of bed to ease their hangovers with bottomless mimosas (only $16!).

The Vestry is combined with The Chapel, a venue on Valencia in the Mission. The restaurant portion of The Vestry serves brunch and dinner, as well as offers musical performances, comedy acts, and other late night entertainment. The inside is a simple bar, with very low lighting and dimly lit red lanterns, but the outdoor area has small globe lights and sets a more hipster vibe for brunch and drinks.

While recovering from NYE, we weren’t super in the mood for heavy drinking, so we got a mimosa each and split the Avocado Toast (I had to) and the House Cured Lox Flatbread. The menu also offered items such as a Persimmon Salad, Southern foods like a Po’ Boy and Biscuits & Gravy, and the classics such as Eggs Benedict and Homemade Granola.

Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the Avocado Toast. It was still good to eat, but the bread, which was soft (a plus) was covered in their Pumpkin Seed Spread which was… interesting, to say the least. While the avocado itself was an amazing portion and just the right amount of ripeness, the only flavor it had was the salt and pink peppercorn sprinkled on top, which when combined with the earthy taste of the Pumpkin Seed Spread was rather… bland. My heart will forever lie with Jane’s Avocado Toast, and this one was also overpriced ($10) for what it was.

The House Cured Lox Flatbread, however, was phenomenal. I was a little hesitant because flatbread usually means “thin pizza…” and I was not trying to have Salmon Pizza for breakfast. However, what they brought out was absolutely amazing, and I would come back just for this. The dough was light and crispy, an “everything crust,” which had hints of garlic and onion, and smothered in lemon-dill schmear, which was the perfect flavor pairing with the mounds of salmon (so much!) and the scattering of red onions, capers, and dill. It was a great alternative to a Lox Bagel since it didn’t have the heaviness of the bagel but still had the freshness of the salmon and the tang from the lemon-dill schmear.

The Vestry is a great spot for bottomless mimosas and brunch, and I would’ve loved to try more items from the menu, such as the Pumpkin Spice Waffle or the Toad in the Hole Sandwich – although if I go again, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist the Lox Flatbread!

777 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Rachel’s Ginger Beer, or RGB, located right above Pike Place Market in Seattle, is heaven for all Moscow Mule and Ginger Beer lovers. RGB offers a variety of fruity Ginger Beer flavors, such as White Peach, Blueberry, Blood Orange, and Hibiscus, which can be ordered… Read More

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Homeroom

Homeroom – because what’s better than a restaurant dedicated to gourmet Mac & Cheese?! Nothing. Located in Oakland on 40th Street, Homeroom and Homeroom-To-Go are known for their giant portions of cheesy goodness, ranging from Classic Mac & Cheese to Gilroy Garlic Mac & Cheese,… Read More

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Hearth Coffee

Hearth Coffee Roasters, similar to Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar in Berkeley, is a cafe by day, wine bar by night. Tucked into a small entrance on Market and 17th in the Castro, Hearth offers fresh baked goodies, rich coffees, and a variety of wines… Read More