Saturday, November 20, 2010

San Francisco: Royal Exchange

Royal Exchange 301 Sacramento St./Front St., Financial district, (415) 956-1710. L-D M-F; $-$$. In the simpler times when this corner pub bar opened (it was in 1972, not so long ago--when Alcatraz became a national park and the first episode of “The Streets of San Francisco” aired) only two beers were on tap and only hot dogs and cold sandwiches were on the menu. Now there are 32 different beers on tap—including a clean, crisp Amstel Pilsner lager from Amsterdam and a full-bodied, smooth Trumer Pils from Berkeley--and the dog has been joined by hamburgers both big (1/3 pound) and bigger (1/2 pound) as well as veggie (portobello mushroom). Less pub-style grub includes a tasty Genoa-style lazy-man’s cioppino and a grilled salmon salad with mango salsa. All this and cocktails, too! One of my favorite things is the many enclosed wood booths that surround the two center wood bars. Why, after half a beer, you might actually think you’re in the jolly U.K. A take-away window outside makes a quick bite possible.

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