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Kindness at Keezar on Cole

Stanley Stephan | Nov 9, 200211:16 AM

For the past few weeks, my family has gone through some really serious medical and legal problems. Not only am I physically exhausted and mentally bankrupt, but my very soul hurts.

Where does this fit in with food?

A few days ago, I was able to take a break from life's storm. A parking place opened up on Cole near EOS.

I was able to attend the Ferry Plaza dinner and EOS had the best appetizer at the pre-gala. I saw an opportunity to have a good dinner and take a few minutes refuge.

I've been living on peanut butter sandwiches lately. I am that tired. It is all I can handle when I get home. I usually get out of the hospital when all restuarants are closed. Even so, I'd be too tired to go anywhere.

It was ten minutes after 5 pm. When I walked into EOS they said they opened at 5:30. I said I had been spending 12 to 20 hours with my mom in the Intesive Care Unit at UCSF for quite a few days. I was exhausted and could I just sit at a table (they were all set) until they opened. They said no. They needed to do set up. I said I'm really exhasted, I see a chair there in the corner. If I could just sit and rest. I was told no. They thought the Crepe place or Keesar would be a better place for me.

Well, I knew from Chowhound, the crepe place was only fair. I walked up to Zazie which was recommended, but they didn't open until six. Burgermeister was open, but I needed something more than burgers.

I made it over to Keezar and decided to have a drink until EOS opened.

I asked for a glass of red wine and told the waitress it was her call. I was at the hospital all day and too exhausted to make another decision. Even though I was going to EOS for dinner, could I see the menu for future reference.

Turns out they have some interesting nightly specials.

I looked across the the street at EOS and said the heck with you (although the exact words might have been slightly saltier).

I started with a salad of roasted butternut squash and Gala apples tossed in raspberry pomegranite vinagrette with basil chiffonade, pistachios and shallots over Belgium endive. There was some great smoky feta cheese in there that wasn't listed on the menu. I'm not sure about the endive, but there were also field greens.

It was a nice salad. I wasn't sure if all those ingrediants would work, but they came together and didn't fight each other for flavor. Quite good. ($9).

All the time through dinner the waitress was really nice, helpful and really making me feel welcome.

For an entree I had oven roasted chicken and winter root stew with herbs de Province, chives and parmesian dumplings. It was spicy rich and what I needed to warm my body and spirit.

Dessert was pumpkin pie with Chantilly whipped cream. The pie was made with fresh pumpkin so it was not the dense consistancy you get with canned purree. Unexpected, lighter and good. Not spicy. The only points off were for the crust which was a little too tough.

This seems to have it's regulars and the conversation at the bar was lively and funny. Nice untiquely SF interior with dark paneling and wooden tables. Higher up were bright red, black and white paintings of skulls and skeletans cavorting in a cross between Mexican day of the dead type of art and Grateful dead type of art.

They have a small but interesting selection of wines by the glass. My Merlot was good enough to catch my attention even in my altered state.

In addition to the nightly specials there is a regular menu of mainly bar type food of sandwiches, burgers salads, etc.

They have Bavarian beer that they claim isn't altered for US standards. It's the real deal.

I suspect the actual food would have been better at EOS. However, I had a good and satisfying dinner with pleasant service. Sometimes it's not about the food. I left at 6:30. In all that time, not one customer entered EOS.

BTW, most problems SEEM to be resolved. Just need to wait out this weekend to see which way my mother goes. Keep good thoughts for us.

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