The Mission Street location has four Czech beers on tap - Czechvar, Krusovice (light and dark) and Pilsner Urquel. The dark Krusovice in a large glass mug had a nice touch of molasses or brown sugar to it.
The Szeged Goulash, Hungarian Pork and Sauerkraut Goulash, was cubes of tender pork, topped with mild saurkraut, three 'dumplings' and lots of sour cream sauce.
The dumplings were more like thick slices of jelly-roll shaped bread. They reminded me of steamed Chinese buns. They did the job of mopping up the gravy.
The 'pork and dumplings (boiled bread)' photo on this blog is similar to what the dish looked liked. The dumplings looked exactly like that. The goulash had lots more gravy
I thought it was a pleasant dish. This may be the first time I've had Czech food so I have no comparison. Looking this up on the web, there didn't seem to be any caraway seeds in it as these recipes suggest
There's a cozy shabbiness about the place. It is what I would imagine a neighborhood cafe in Prague to be like.
The walls are painted red. A reproduction of Monet's "The Boating Party" covers one wall ... with some odd additions to it. There are large windows covering two walls. There is a bar with six seats and six tables covered with faded flower tablecloths. Red candles on each table softly glow. A stone angel reclines on the bar. Soulful Czech music played softly in the background. In back there is a beer garden or beer yard ... a little patio with a few tables, some planters and statues.
The woman server was very nice. I liked the place and won't mind stopping by again tor try some of the other dishes. I've read the soup is good.
They have a website, but no menus on it. I'll put the brief dinner menu in the first reply
When I finished eating I said to the waitress "I'm ready for the check".
The minute the words came out of my mouth all I could think was ... sheesh... now what will I get? Did I just ask for a date?
2140 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110