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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Get Hammered, Wake Up, Snarf a Belfast Bap; Repeat

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 7:17 AM

The artery-crushing Belfast Bap. - MIGHTYOHM/FLICKR
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  • The artery-crushing Belfast Bap.
The Belfast Bap may sound like a long-lost sequence of Michael Flatley-meets-Gene Vincent dance steps popularized by a no-hit-wonder Irish rock-and-roll band in the early 1960s, but, in fact, it's breakfast -- a big, artery-crushing one, to be frank: Irish bacon, Irish sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese folded into a fluffy roll the size of a boulder. You can get a $6 bap to-go at John Campbell's Irish Bakery (5625 Geary at 21st Ave.), or you can pop next door and have one at the 'Stone.

The Blarney Stone hosts one of the Richmond District's best soccer-watching scenes. Come in the evening and enjoy a mellow pint as jersey-clad football fans slap each other's backs, suck down cigs on the back patio, and frequently bellow at the televisions hoisted above the bar. You'll soon find it's an even better place to get roaring drunk, slumping in the corner, staggering out at closing time to face the salty needles of moisture swirling through the neighborhood's empty, shrouded streets. Thankfully, you can stagger back in eight hours for a full-blown Irish breakfast, or, perhaps, just a little bap to soothe the strife your excesses have wrought.

Chances are, before you're through with your meal, a game will come on the television. You'll watch it for a few minutes and, before too long, you'll want a pint to go with it, a little something to enjoy as you watch the game and finish chewing your delicious bap. One pint will lead to another and another. More games will come on, but you'll pay them no mind as pints tumble down your gullet. Soon, you're slumped in the corner. Closing time arrives, and you're cast out on to the misty sidewalk, tired, and maybe a little hungry. You don't feel so great. Chances are, when you wake up, you'll want to come back and have another bap, so you can feel better.

The Blarney Stone (courtesy of John Campbell's Irish Bakery) 5625 Geary (at 20th Ave.), 386-9144

Brunch is served 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun.

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