District San Francisco 216 Townsend St./3rd St., near AT&T Park, SOMA/China Basin/South Beach, (415) 896-2120. D M-Sat, Sun brunch.
Set in an expansive open room with a high open-beam ceiling and unpainted brick walls, this spot gives off a warehouse feel while managing to feel cozy. It is filled with techies from nearby offices. Seating can be found at a busy horseshoe bar in the center and at raised wood tables and sofas that populate the perimeter.
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Large windows in the front wall let in plenty of light. After operating as a wine bar for almost 10 years, this popular spot has added full bar service with a focus on whiskey. The menu is composed of complex small plates and pizzas. I ordered a flight of three whiskeys and drank them neat. My dining partner had a combo of bourbons, scotches, and rye. We tasted them as we dined on a delicious arugula and fennel salad with accents of prosciutto and pomegranate seeds and a white balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
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We followed it with an unusual but tasty beef short-rib pizza with small cubes of meat, marinated artichoke, and aged cheddar cheese.
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If we had skipped the pizza, I would have tried the burrata with grilled seckel pear, tempura avocado, and also house-marinated olives. Oysters on the half shell, Moroccan lamb meatballs, and house made charcuterie are additional options. For dessert we skipped the sweeter choices and opted for spectacular black mission figs stuffed with gorgonzola and wrapped with prosciutto, plus a cognac chaser.
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Cocktails, wine (more than 40 area available by the glass) and beer, and plenty more are available on the expansive drink menu. By the end of the meal, moods were nicely elevated. Sunday brunch brings on a $20 bottomless all-you-can-eat buffet with a two-hour limit. The selection of bottomless mimosas then includes a variety of flavors such as apple, peach, guava, and cranberry.
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