Dive Bar’s Unexpectedly Divine Food

Tee Off is the very definition of a dive bar, not a hipster reinterpretation of one, but with a startling gourmet menu of food that’s cooked to order and downright delicious, says rworange.

A family team took this place over in 2007, with the husband as chef. A whiteboard announces the day’s specials, ranging from stuffed quail with wild rice and vegetables to fish and chips. One Chowhound spied seared kangaroo in reduction sauce on the board once.

Mac ‘n’ cheese comes in a luxuriously thick cheese sauce, with large rigatoni tubes and a generous helping of pancetta bits mixed in. A mixed green salad with pear, strawberries, and pineapple comes on the side (though it’s a huge mound on its own), dressed in raspberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Most dishes are $11, and portions are generous. You order at the bar, and your food is brought out to you. About half a dozen beers are on tap. Try New Belgium’s Giddy Up Ale, brewed with lemon peel and infused with espresso.

Customers are a diverse bunch, in a way that “reminded me a bit of the intergalactic bar in the first Star Wars,” says rworange. Twentysomethings and sixtysomethings alike occupy the high-kitsch space, decorated with sports memorabilia, Simpsons toys, leprechauns, etc. A back room holds a pool table, darts, shuffle board, Ms. Pac-Man, and dice. Thursday is trivia night. The dog-friendly patio has picnic tables, a Ping-Pong table, and barbecue grills.

Tee Off [Richmond]
3129 Clement Street, San Francisco

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