Last friday after critical mass my roomie Alan and I went to Zeitgeist, a biker/bicyclist bar at Valencia and Duboce. I was expecting beer, ample bike parking, and a nice outdoor seating area with lots of other sweaty, euphoric post-mass bicyclists.
I got that, in heaps. What I didn't expect was a roaring barbecue area that was filling the air with beautiful smoke. Turns out Zeitgeist has food, and good food too! I ordered a cheeseburger with "spuds." They take your order, grill it on a big oil-drum grill, and holler your name through a paper megaphone when it's ready.
The burger was HUGE. Came with the works, and a big SLAB of cheddar kinda half-melted on it. Now, it wasn't gourmet, it wasn't Niman Ranch (well, hell, it coulda been), but golly, it was GOOD! Cooked to a nice medium, good loose meat, fresh toppings. "Spuds" turned out to be very homey home fries. The whole thing was six bucks. An absurdly good deal for a very hungry bike activist. They also have a wide array of beers on tap, a full bar, and a great buzz of energy.
Next day we went to Tadich with Holly's mom. The server was professional but very fast and not very interested in us, though his patter tried to make us believe otherwise. Their clam chowder was pretty good, nice and rich and peppery. Some of the vegetable sides were all right. Crab cakes dull and shapeless. I had a huge veal cutlet that was tough and tasteless.
Maybe if I walked in wearing a $500 silk t-shirt instead of a $20 sweatshirt I would have been treated less like a tourist, but the veal still woulda been tough. Holly's mom wanted an expensive FiDi meal, and she got one, but I won't be going back there on my own volition. Then again, look who's talking.