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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

McCormick & Kuleto's Wants You to Soak Up the Booze

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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The place: McCormick & Kuleto's, 900 Northpoint St. (at Larkin, in Ghirardelli Square), 929-1730, www.mccormickandkuletos.com.

The hours: 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

The deals: Hefty snacks for $2-$5 apiece;  $6.50-$7 cocktails.

The digs: The view's stupendous from the cocktail lounge of this handsome fish house, designed by Pat Kuleto: the northern waterfront, the sparkling bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the hills of Marin beyond. The inside features Ghirardelli Square's exposed brick plus a classic mahogany-and-brass bar with adjacent tables and comfy booths. The vibe is supplied by affable barkeeps, wide-eyed tourists, and in-the-know regulars scarfing early supper on the cheap.

The verdict: To the connoisseur, happy hour just isn't happy hour

if it doesn't involve food, and McCormick & Kuleto's happy hour

makes the grade with abundant, tasty, inexpensive options.

For a mere $1.95, one can enjoy fried chicken and biscuit

sliders with jalapeño-honey mayo, garlicky hummus with pita chips, spicy

tuna sushi, or a basket of fried zucchini. A big, tasty half-pound

cheeseburger with a bushel of phenomenal fries will set you back an

extra buck. Pork wontons, chicken wings, garlic-rosemary sweet-potato

fries, and cheddar-stuffed jalapeño poppers are $3.95 per order; if

you want to blow $4.95, there's shrimp ceviche, fried or steamed clams,

or a mini hot dog trio with more of those skinny, crunchy fries. The

$6.50-$7 drink specials include mojitos, melon-tinis, passionfruit

cosmopolitans, and other colorful cocktails, each expertly concocted.

Overall grade: A-

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