TAP415 865 Market St./5th St., in Westfield San Francisco Centre on 4th floor under the dome, near Union Square, (415) 266-7900. L-D daily; $$. No reservations.
In an open room resembling an indoor beer garden, diners here sit on semi-high stools at long communal tables. Silent TVs let you keep up on the game while you refresh from shopping.
The menu is short but sweet, with several burgers and sandwiches on house-baked bread as well as entrees such as chicken schnitzel and steak frites. My husband got the “regular” Market Street burger, but I opted for the delicious TAP burger topped with pickled red onion, Cheddar cheese, and a slice of outrageous tempura bacon (it also can be ordered as a side). Burgers arrive cut in half atop a wood plank along with a pile of thin, crispy, house-made barbecue potato chips.
Because we ordered starters--he tried the house specialty, a rich beer and cheese soup sprinkled with meaty bits of smoky bacon,
and in lieu of a salad I munched on a variety of tangy house-pickled vegetables
--we would have been fine sharing one burger. He selected a crisp and satisfying Magnolia Kolsch from 12 beers (and 8 wines) on tap, and I opted for a rich Mojitos Anonymous “adult milkshake” made with rum, mint ice cream, lime sorbet, and fresh mint.
Non-drinkers will enjoy the selection of “mocktails”—perhaps a Hawaiian Rocket made with lemon and pineapple juices plus coconut water. For dessert I really wanted to try the warm doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce, but we were running late for a movie and instead ordered salted caramel brownies, ate one, and packed along the rest.
If you pop in for just a snack, try the buttermilk biscuits with pork-butter and black pepper honey, or maybe the Bavarian pretzel nuggets with cheese fondue. Happy Hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, with special nibblies.
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