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Art’s Cafe at 9th and Irving here in SF, is something to behold. One row of 10-12 seats right down the middle makes up the entire seating area of the cafe, the other half being the grill and etc. You’ll be sitting a foot away from the best Grill-master you’ll ever see and his wife (the owners) who’ll fill your coffee almost faster than you can drink.
While all this makes it a very cozy and comfortable place to eat, the important part as we all know is the food. Oh, the food.
I won’t lie, I haven’t tried much of their Breakfast Diner / Korean menu because I can’t drag myself away from their Hashbrown Sandwich. A Hashbrown sheet filled with cheese, onions, your choice of meat, and folded over itself with a side of eggs your-style and toast.
Is there a word stronger than “de-fucking-licious”? Think about it while you watch this little tribute I put together. Enjoy.
I went to the Monk’s Kettle last night and really enjoyed myself. I had heard they have a great beer selection and all, but looking back I realize I just didn’t understand.
It took about twenty minutes to get seated but it felt like nothing because we were too preoccupied at the bar looking at the incredible beer list… actually it’s more like a menu. Good atmosphere, and though it was full it didn’t feel that way at all. The staff was awesome and really knew what they were talking about, so their suggestions were perfect.
I started with an Uncle Fudd by Moonlight Brewing. Great start since it was 3.75 for a 10oz and it helps you ease yourself into the trouble you’re about to get into.
Next, the Speakeasy Rumrunner Rye. I was really excited about this one.
About two months ago I went to the Speakeasy brewery and ended up getting to try this when it was still in the secondary. Delicious then and even better now.
Next was Lost Abbey Inferno Ale. Great Belgium Strong, though whether it was a Pale Ale or just the way they like their Ale’s I couldn’t quite tell. Great body to it and the strong flavor went great with the Belgium “fluffiness”.
And last but not least, Underberg from Germany. The 44% ABV, Natural Herb Bitter devil in a 4oz bottle. It tasted like Fernet’s on steroids. If you’ve never had Fernet’s, it’s like the bastard offspring of whiskey and a herbal cough drop.
All that on top of a fantastic meal with cheese plates and lamb burgers and balsamic reduction and… it was just awesome, o.k?
Monks Kettle: 9/10
“The Gentleman Gourmand” recommends enjoying with a sampling of Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie. The “fruity” “notes” match well with the “rich” “overly saturated” main course.
Warning: Consuming raw or undercooked images, audio, visual components, or production values increases the risk of intellectual-property borne illness.
Preparing for the greatness that is Art’s. Hashbrown sandwich with sausage, eggs sunny side up, and a coffee, please.
(Pictured is Bulgogi hash brown sandwich with eggs on top and rice instead of toast. Sauce is gochujang – korean fermented chili bbq sauce.)
Mmmmm… Russian River’s Consecration at the Toronado. Nothing better. A 10% ABV Sour Ale that tastes like “wine that’s gone bad with butter” according to Tim, but in a strangley delicious way.
Just found out a customer named his Grandson after me… whoa! Go get ‘em Caleb Michael!!
There is no art without intoxication. But I mean a mad intoxication! Let reason teeter! Delirium! The highest degree of delirium! Plunged in burning dementia! Art is the most enrapturing orgy within man’s reach.. Art must make you laugh a little and make you a little afraid. Anything as long as it doesn’t bore.
No explanation necessary, other than to tell you that this will happen much more frequently soon….
Took a drive through San Francisco to test my new 24-105 L lens. So lovely. (also had some very tasty tacos)
Many of the images were dragged kicking and screaming through aperture adjustments. Also, many high dynamic range shots are included (the sets of 4 identical images).