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A drink or two, and then dinner, in the (Bernal/Noe/Mission) neighborhood?

susancinsf | Jan 22, 200501:51 AM

My day could not have started off on a worse note: stopped at a stop sign, waiting my turn to proceed, when the very large truck in front of me decided it was too far out in the intersection and proceeding to back up, right into and over the bumper and hood of my very beloved 'baby car' (a tiny Honda Insight that just wasn't a match)...

the day didn't get much better. Pressures at work, a big meeting that dragged on well past its scheduled 4:30 p.m. end time...this just wasn't the way Friday should go....

then hubby, the weekday cook in the family, decided he wasn't in the mood to cook. No problem, going out sounded like just the mood lifter I needed...

but the catch: I really wanted a place with comfortable seating, a relaxed vibe, varied menu, inexpensive to moderate in price, possible to get into at the last minute on Friday night, reasonable easy parking, and most importantly, a cozy, full bar and a bartender who knows how to make a good martini. Yes, folks, I needed a drink! (and then some solid comfort food..)

If I lived in Oakland, (where I work) I'd have walked right over to Luka's Tap Room, called hubby on the cell, and have had him meet me when he could. Indeed, Luka's would have fit the bill perfectly: if it were in Bernal Heights!

Have run into this dilemna before: where does one have a drink or two with dinner in my neighborhood?I've had some pretty good meals at Chenery Park, but it is just a tad more expensive than I'd like given the quality of the food and it can be difficult to get a last minute table. Blue Plate almost fits, but doesn't have the bar. Ditto Firefly. Ditto Liberty Cafe, plus there'd have been a wait and no reservations. If Lotus Garden were still around (sigh)I might have even forgone the drink for the ultimate comfort of truly welcoming service...

So, can someone recommend a place in Noe/Bernal/Glen Park or possibly Potrero, that fits the above description, notably the part about the martini? Type of food really isn't as important as the other criteria.

p.s.: before the hounds really start to pity me, I should mention in the interest of full disclosure that hubby managed to get a reservation at Bacco. Thus dinner was still the best part of my day, Italian being the ultimate comfort food in my book, and Bacco being our sentimental neighborhood favorite. but of course the choice of drink there is pretty much limited to Italian wines.

I'm not complaining, but still, I would have really liked that drink, so any ideas for the next time Friday is the worse day of the week would be most appreciated!

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