Castro Restaurant News

Fable: Antlers, Animal Drawings & Delicious American Cuisine In the Heart of the Castro

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"Put Some Fable on Your Table."

By Brittany Doohan

Every story has a plot — and every restaurant has a story. The plot of this delicious tale is the opening of the new restaurant, Fable (558 Castro between 18th & 19th) in the heart of Gay San Francisco. Main characters chef/co-owner Jon Hearnsberger and interior designer Craige Walters collaborated together to make this buzz-worthy Castro District neighborhood bistro. Their concept portrays a “storybook modern” interior that features an open kitchen and counter, a cozy cabin-style dining room with bright pops of color, and a soon-to-come relaxing semi-enclosed patio area (Summer 2013), according to Tablehopper. So the interior is warm, whimsical and comfortable, but what about the food?

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Dishcrawl Calls For Their First Taste of the Castro

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Other neighborhoods have already been conquered, but this is the first crawl through the Castro!

San Francisco, CA – February 7th, 2013– The Castro is known for a lot of things, but never for being boring! Dishcrawl is a food startup that lives for aiding local food lovers in the same sense of thrill and adventure! The excitement has not gone unnoticed and it is now time to explore the food world of this neighborhood while, of course, having tons of fun!

On Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm, Dishcrawl will take on the streets of the Castro tasting the best food this area has to offer! For only $45, local food lovers can enjoy several different tastes at the four mystery restaurants chosen for that night! The direct link to tickets are here.

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The Castro Crème Brule Cart -A Catalyst for the Castro's Culinary Conundrum

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www.thecremebruleecart.com

By A.G Royale

Intersection of Market and Castro
In the Chevron Parking lot, San Francisco

Tues. - Wed. - 5-11pm
Fri. - Sat. - 12pm-2:30am
Sun.- 12-11pm

Melissa Perello's culinary catalyst Frances his hit the Castro district in San Francisco with an explosion of perfectly prepared, fresh, seasonal dishes that left me wanting more, more, and more. The small upscale but not stuffy dining room is warm, with a slick upbeat urban feel. While the decor is slick, there is a quaint neighborhood vibe that is inviting and comfortable. Clearly this is a restaurant I could get cozy in.

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Jake's on Market

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www.jakesonmarket.com

By G. Evans

2232 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
415-431-0692

Like many in the Castro District San Francisco, I mourned the loss of 2223, the hip eatery that served up great food for over sixteen years. However, with any loss comes opportunity, and I was happy to learn that 2223 was being reborn as “Jake’s on Market”. Jake’s serves up delicious American dining, filling the niche that was also left void after the closing of Home, another recently shuttered Castro District San Francisco favorite.

Jake’s on Market has some big shoes to fill with the legacy of 2223 and American dining in the Castro District San Francisco, and I’m happy to report that it’s doing a great job. The menu has an array of classic American favorites: fried chicken, meat loaf, turkey dinner, etc. The menu also includes pizzas, pastas, and ground-to-order beef burgers, so there’s lots of options for whatever mood you’re in, or whatever budget you’re on.

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Mi Kasa Es Su Kasa

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www.kasaindian.com

By G. Evans

4001 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
415-621-6940

The Castro District San Francisco has a diverse population, and an equally diverse variety of culinary options. Kasa Indian Eatery is a great modern take on Indian cuisine available in the heart of the Castro on 18th Street. When you step in to Kasa, you will immediately notice that this is not your traditional Indian restaurant. The food is delicious and the "kati rolls", sort of like an Indian burrito, are a great way to enjoy the various dishes offered at Kasa.

As a resident of the Castro District, I regularly enjoy Kasa's lunch special. It comes with two kati rolls plus a beverage for just $7.95. My favorite is the chicken tikka masala, although it can be very spicy.

Regular mycastro.com readers might remember that I'm not typically a fan of vegetarian fare. Like many Castro District San Francisco residents, I can't resist the feel of flesh between my lips, but I have to admit that Kasa offers some great vegetarian options, including a daily vegetarian special.

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BurgerMeister - Ready for some good BM?

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www.burgermeistgersf.com

138 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 437-2874

OMG The curly fries are so good, they are like totally the best!!! I wish I had some right now, so I could eat them all! OK, I just had to get that off my chest. Now on to reviewing the actual restaurant...

If you're heading out to the Castro District San Francisco and you're looking for the best burger, look no further than BurgerMeister. The Castro location is one of about six in the Bay Area, and you can see why this small chain has had such success... they really know how to handle their meat.

There's a ton of different ways to have your burger prepared, and you can go with Niman Ranch® Ground Beef, Ground Turkey, Chicken Breast, or a Grilled Portobello.

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Frances - A Catalyst for the Castro's Culinary Conundrum

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www.frances-sf.com

By A.G Royale

3870 17th Street (at Pond)
San Francisco
(415) 621-3870

Melissa Perello's culinary catalyst Frances his hit the Castro district in San Francisco with an explosion of perfectly prepared, fresh, seasonal dishes that left me wanting more, more, and more. The small upscale but not stuffy dining room is warm, with a slick upbeat urban feel. While the decor is slick, there is a quaint neighborhood vibe that is inviting and comfortable. Clearly this is a restaurant I could get cozy in.

Currently, Frances is hosting quite a wait list; booking almost three months in advance. I suggest mycastro.com readers make a reservation now. Trust me it is worth the wait. Or, if you are feeling dicey come in early (around 5pm) and try your luck for a spot at the counter. Frances is currently reserving this section for walk-ins. I have to admit, I am not one for a 5pm dinner but with food of this caliber, a Michelin Star under their belt already, and friendly, knowledgeable service I wouldn't mind taking a chance on an early dinner.

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I like Ike's

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www.ilikeikesplace.com

By G. Evans

3489 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
415-553-6888

For those of you who have been living under a rock, you may not have heard of the Castro District phenomenon, Ike’s Place. After a couple of moves, Ike's has now settled into its permanent location on 16th at Sanchez, we at mycastro.com thought it would be a great time to spread the word: Ike’s makes some good insanely ridiculous sandwiches.

They say the secret is in “Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce”, and while Castro residents and visitors may like to get dirty, what I like is the fresh ingredients that you can literally taste. What’s better than a sandwich made on fresh-baked bread, mycastro.com readers?

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Five Stars for Starbelly

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3583 16th St. (at Market Street)
San Francisco CA
415-252-7500

I'd Sneech for Starbelly
By A.G Royale

It's amazing what a jump start the Castro District neighborhood has had in the last year when it comes to great places to eat. By far my favorite incarnation has been the star that is Starbelly: modern, contemporary decor, with a rustic twist on "California Comfort Cuisine" and a delightfully friendly neighborhood style of service make Starbelly a must when dining out in the Castro District San Francisco.

Again, the food is AMAZING thanks to Executive Chef Adam Timney. I can never decide: fries, flat bread, small bites, steak, seasonal salads, or... The menu is constantly evolving, making each visit an adventure. Almost everything I’ve had at Starbelly is nothing short of pure perfection. Although, I do have some favorites. The fig and blue cheese flat bread is fresh and bursts with salty sweet deliciousness. (Although it is taking a short break from the menu). My boyfriend always has the burger.

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Hot Cookie

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407 Castro @ Market Street
San Francisco CA, 94114
(415) 621-2350

Ever wander the streets of the Castro after having an amazing dinner and want a small treat? Well, go to HOT COOKIE! Flooded with eclectic shapes and sizes and riddled with as many types of cookies as you can think of HOT COOKIE will fulfill your after dinner or anytime craving.

HOT COOKIE is probably most noted for, yes hot cookies, and, cookies in the shape of phallic body parts. If you can shove 7 inches of hot brownie laden with molten chocolate in your mouth then you will enjoy their penis brownie on a stick which actually is one of their most popular treats. Although, if less talented, we recommend that you stick to the normal selection of chocolate chip to peanut butter fudge squares.

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