After Work Saloons Are Working in North Beach

By MARIAM HOSSEINI
|  Monday, Apr 18, 2011  |  Updated 1:29 PM PDT
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After Work Saloons Are Working in North Beach

Fried potatoes, cheese curds and gravy.

Ever since it opened last year, Comstock Saloon in North Beach has become one of my favorite after-work hangouts.

As its name implies, the vibe is saloon-like, down to the live piano on the mezzanine and the old-school cocktails (think Manhattans and Sazeracs).

And to be honest, I rarely visit a bar with the quality of food in mind, but Comstock’s dishes are just as good as their drinks.

During one of my last visits, I ordered a hop toad cocktail, made of Jamaican rum, apricot brandy, lime and bitters.

Strong and oh-so-slightly sweet and tart, it was a good accompaniment to the plate of fried potatoes I shared with a friend.

Served with cheese curds and gravy, I imagine these amazing potatoes are a tribute to poutine, the classic Quebecois dish that I wish would take hold in California already.

That’s what makes Comstock so great. They have terrific all-day fare, with an emphasis on hearty, traditional cuisine.

Naturally, a place with solid drinks and food, and in a convenient neighborhood to boot, gets busy, even on weeknights. If you’re coming with a large group, it’s best to make reservations ahead of time. But even with a crowd, the service at Comstock is consistently friendly yet professional.

They may have been open for less than a year, but Comstock seems to have it all.

Mariam Hosseini is a Bay Area native who has been writing about food and travel for seven years.  She blogs regularly at yogurtsoda.com.
 

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