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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hog and Rocks: Late-Night Refreshments Minus the Brown Bag

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Something you couldn't get at the corner store Hog and Rocks replaced. - VANESSA V./YELP
  • Vanessa V./Yelp
  • Something you couldn't get at the corner store Hog and Rocks replaced.
We dipped into Hogs and Rocks last night. We were trying to remember what once occupied the space it inhabits on the corner of 19th Street and San Carlos in the Mission, and couldn't, for the life of us, recall. And then, 20 minutes later, as we gnawed on a strip of Berkshire ham wrapped around a half-sphere of roasted apricot, it came to us. A friend lived just down the street six years ago, and we used to go buy beer and It's-Its from a corner store hugging the same wedge of pavement.

While the muted interior bears no resemblance to the site's prior tenant, the joints' ethos overlaps a bit. With small plates hinging on the often magical interplay between sea and swine, Hogs and Rocks is a great place for late-night vittles, providing restorative sustenance, and reasonably priced refreshments a good hour or so after regular restaurants have closed up shop ― midnight currently. You can, for example, enjoy a $2 can of Schlitz. However, unlike your local corner store, the person behind this counter won't serve it to you in a brown bag. Plus, you can get a fleet of crisp, light Summer Ice oysters on the side.

Hog and Rocks: 3431 19th St. (at San Carlos), 550-8627.

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