Stanley -- thanks for the tip on Fallon. That will be my next stop in my neverending search for a good lunch South of Market.
Stopped into Curve by the ballpark last week for lunch. I always go with such big expectations -- especially when I like the name of a place. While Curve at first visit seems adequate, it wasn't fantastic.
I had the burger and onion rings, which I think is often a good place to start the judging of restaurant. This place is a dark clublike (as in a club you go to see a band in, not a fancy mens club) place, with an uneven old old old tiny-tile floor in the bar area, and beer-repelling felt-like industrial strength carpet in the dining/stage area. Nothing fancy or inspired in the decorating. It looks like a place you'd rather go at night.
The burger arrived as I requested it -- rare -- with the nice touch that it had been kept warm but properly rested. That meant it was an even pink all the way through when I bit into it, but still hot. That meant, to me anyway, that it had been rested away from a heatlamp, but still covered. This was a nice touch, and for 8.95 this was a well-sized nicely cooked burger on an adequate bun.
I might have come in too early to try something from the deep fryer. Perhaps it wasn't warmed up to the right temperature yet. The onion rings were messy, with the batter coming off the rings. They seemed a bit greasy, but when I forked into them the coating was perfectly crisp. The batter was more like tempura -- very light and let the onion flavor shine through. They were fine, but they were not a 'ring you could eat with your hands.
I know I'm overly picky -- but the ketchup wasn't Heinz. It was some institutional overly tomatoey version -- yuck. The service was great -- but I was the only person in the place at 11:30am.
I'll not go back to Curve except to see a band. It might be okay after a ballgame, since it is so close. Maybe there are other good things on the menu? Anybody who's had the experience let us know your thoughts.
747 3rd Street (very near Pac Bell Park)
415 896 2286