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Great First Visit to the new Southern Pacific Brewing in the Mission [San Francisco]

lessleyellen | Jan 31, 201211:13 AM

This is a new brewpub that makes great beer and serves a full lunch and dinner in a modern indoor beer garden environment. It's located in the Mission not too far from Flour + Water, right behind Homestead bar on a weird part of Treat Street that dead ends into the PG&E yard.

My Excitement Level has been very high about this place, because 1. I love beer, and 2. This is my old neighborhood, and 3. I felt SF was in sore need of another big beer garden environment, particularly one that's indoors. I went last night, the fourth day it's been opened, and was way more impressed than I thought I'd be considering how new they are.

Housed in a beautiful vintage warehouse with giant windows, it's got a kind of industrial feel. There are two grown trees planted on the inside (nice touch!), high cafe tables that can seat multiple parties, and bits of corrugated tin roof over the bar area and over the ceiling. It's got two levels, too. I think they could use a few more bathroom stalls, once they really get rolling, but points for the fact they have that cool co-ed vintage sink thing going on that Magnolia has.

OK most importantly, the food and the beer. The menu features pizzas and burgers for dinner, along with some salads, calamari, etc. Pretty tame, which is imho the way to go with pub food. I had a blue cheese burger, it came with fries (THANK GOD - what's with burgers not coming with fries anymore? So many places are doing that now.) You could have the fries with sage if you wanted. The burger and fries came quickly, despite the fact that the place was crowded (I was there at 8:15pm on a Tues), and although said food was on the lukewarm side, I forgive them for this kink. Just means the kitchen is kickin' it out fast!

The burger was great, and so were the fries. Burger came w/ nice pickled red onion for crunch and sweetness. The beers I tried: a Pale Ale, an IPA, and a Belgian style Wit, were all great. Nice balanced spice on the wit, the IPA was floral without being overwhelmingly syrupy, and the Pale Ale was satisfying with a nice malt finish.

There was one weird thing: we ordered the pickles as an app, which the menu said were going to be assorted and housemade. We were both expecting something rad like at Bar Tartine. But they just gave us a little glass tumbler with a bunch of the same pickles that were on our burger! They were good, but it was a little bit of a let down.

Mainly the takeaway though, is that this is the awesome indoor beer garden, with solid food (takes credit cards!) that I've been waiting for. And it's enough off the beaten path to hopefully keep masses of people away. It's a cold and somewhat lonely walk at night.

Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11am-Midnight
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am-2am

Credit Cards: yes

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