It has been a few years since my last visit to the Buena Vista. LIttle if anything has changed ... including the bartenders.
Sitting at the bar on the sturdy wooden swivel stool, nursing a $7.25 Irish coffee, drinking in the ambiance and enjoying the view through the mirrors on the bar ... I noticed a sign for Irish coffee to go $14.
The bartender said that they put the coffee, sugar and cream in a mug. They give you a small bottle of Irish whiskey that can be added anytime after leaving the restaurant.
Having had an Irish coffee recently at Brannans I was curious how BV compared. Both were good, but I liked Brannans a bit more. Can't say why. Maybe the coffee itself. BV uses Peerless. The whiskey is Tullamore Dew. Not sure what Brannans is using. BV did have a better cream float ... thicker and richer.
It was Thanksgiving and BV was serving turkey dinner with pumpkin pie ($16). Fresh Crab was on the specials menu $16 half $26 whole (or close to those prices). There were a few other crab dishes.
The place was hopping. Ever bar stool, every counter seat, every table was occupied. Never realized there was also a downstairs room that also is supposed to have a view.
The bartenders still wear white jackets and black pants. Nice to know some things don't change much.
Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109