Tuesday, April 27, 2010
One of my goals for the past few years has been to dine at all of the restaurants on the "San Francisco Chronicle's" Top 100 List that are in San Francisco. I've never made it; and there is always at least one restaurant on the list that just doesn't interest me.
Last night we were meeting some friends from Marin for dinner so the Marina District was a good locale. Plus, there was an untried Top 100 restaurant -- The Tipsy Pig. I'd walked by this pub and restaurant and thought it looked nice but not top 100 material. Having eaten there, I'd recommend it but I think it made the list because so few restaurants in San Francisco serve southern influenced food.
The front of the house has a bar on one side and tables on the other. We sat in the quieter back which has a wall lined with books to make it look like an English pub. Our friend, who had just returned from a few months in London, felt right at home.
The food is southern style with a California twist. Two of us had the baby back ribs with greens and white cheddar grits. The ribs were full of meat, which just fell off the bone. Both of us were extremely happy. Two light eaters had a couple of vegetable sides and were content with their choices. The fourth had the skirt steak, which he said was quite good. Dessert was a shared scone with rhubarb compote and whipped cream. Quite tasty. There's a good selection of draft and bottled beers and wines.
If you're longing for fried chicken, ribs, or grits, head right this way. If you're in the Marina, stop in for daily dinner or weekend brunch. On a sunny, weekend day, you can lunch out back on the patio.