I've gone on record here effusing about the delicious sandwiches and drinks
at Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store in North Beach. Sadly, a number of recent
visits suggests that this is no longer true.
The grilled sandwiches on three recent visits were burned. The most recent
badly enough that I had to send it back. The breaded-eggplant sandwiches,
formerly one of the tastiest of all possible sandwiches , are now being constructed
with an absolute minimum of marinara, rendering them dry and, even if
not lit on fire, untasty. Plus the pre-cooked breaded eggplant is now way
Saddest of all, they have changed the recipe for their, formerly, fabulous
"house campari". Previously, it was half Punt e Mes, half sweet red vermouth,
and a few shakes of bitters. Now, it is half sweet red vermouth, half dry
white vermouth, and a dash of bitters. The ill-advised replacement of Punt
e Mes with white vermouth has transformed this nectar into undrinkable
garbage. And they raised the price a dollar to boot.
I'd like to hope this is just a phase they're going through. Like that bad period
when they had an outpost on Polk St. and everything was pretty bad there.
So I'll check in every once in a while. But for now, approach with caution.