I was disappointed to hear that their founding chef Kevin Kroger left, but I figured that their new chef would continue with his own take on their excellent formula of "ingredient-driven pub food."
Instead, the food has gone upscale, with prices to match. The main section of their menu used to have mostly sandwiches in the $10-15 price range, with a few higher-end entrees.
Now, about half of the menu is over $20, and even the chicken sandwich is now a "chicken paillard"
While the food is still good, it's just not what I want. And at those prices, I could probably get a better meal at Bar Tartine around the corner (or, at leaset the old Bar Tartine, not sure how it is under the new chef).
Furthermore, the beer seems to have gotten more expensive, as a third of their draught beer is over $10 - including a 10oz. Kwak pour for $16.
The whole thing is just very unfortunate - there's already a good number of higher-end restaurants in the Mission - but perhaps they figure that they can get the same Bauer treatment the Tipsy Pig did.
While it still probably has the best beer selection in the city and would recommend it as such if someone was looking for that, it's no longer a place where you can go have a great beer and a great sandwich for not too much money.
And the wait certainly has not changed - was quoted an hour at 8:15 tonight - ended up being over an hour and a half.
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