Saturday, January 31, 2015


An iconic SF eatery gets an awesome overhaul


Fog City Diner long held a special place in the hearts of San Franciscans.

We ate there with our parents after ball games, trips to the doctor's office, or after watching in awe as bulldozers rebuilt Embarcadero after Loma Prieta.

So we're psyched that the re-imagining of the iconic wedge-shaped space as FOG CITY, now open on Battery Street, returns the resto to the top of our must-eat list.

Email your friends to see if they're free for dinner tonight. Seriously. Do it now. We'll wait.

Mission accomplished? Good.

Chances are the name alone will be enough to spark several immediate yesses. For those who need convincing, here's all the ammo you need: Chef/Owner Bruce Hill (you know, the guy behind Bix, ZeroZero, and Picco), dark and stormy slushies, fresh oysters dressed in barrel-aged hot sauce, and furikake fries.

And, yes, you pronounce that last one exactly as you think you would. Which means these furikake fries — tossed in Japanese spices and served with garlic aioli — are just as much fun to order as they are to eat.

With your crew assembled and table reserved (they're on OpenTable), the only thing left to do is decide whether you want to go early and order a cocktail at the giant V-shaped bar, or slide directly into your Mad Men-era leather booth.

Considering the deliciousness of the aforementioned dark and stormy slushies, we vote for option A.

Photo by Heimo Schmidt

Fog City
1300 Battery St. (at Embarcadero), Embarcadero/North Beach
(415) 982-2000

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street.
Scene: A mix of after-work cocktailers and waterfront visitors.
Best bets: Hand-cut furikake fries; early girl tomatoes; chilled oysters; Fog City burger; dark and stormie slush
The redesign: The interior space is almost unrecognizable now that all that black and white tile has been traded for plenty of warm wood, Terrazzo floors, and tan leather booths. They also knocked down a wall, making every seat feel like a window seat.
Nearby: Coqueta; Hard Water; Grumpy's

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