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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Guide to San Francisco's Concert Hall Food

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM


Let's face it -- concerts just aren't as fun if you're hungry and thinking about Hot Pockets the whole time. Indeed, even the Bay Citizen has noticed an increased interest in how food and music can go together quite nicely. In the same spirit (and with empty, gurgling bellies), we present this guide to what's cooking at these Bay Area concert halls.

The Warfield just brought in a menu by Show Dogs, a nearby sausage joint. Hungry fans can get sausages like the 49'er All Beef Dog, Chicken Curry Dog, or Maple Bacon Dog (all $8). If you like your pork outside of a dog, you can get a pulled pork sandwich ($10), or you can opt for wings or a veggie dog.

The Fillmore gives out free Red Delicious apples to all concert-goers, but the venue also has a full menu worth checking out. The most popular item is the house nachos ($8), which come with cheese, chili, beans, salsa, jalapeños, and sour cream, but the menu also includes a selection of sandwiches, like a BBQ flank steak sandwich with potato salad ($10) and a chicken sandwich with mac 'n' cheese ($10). If you're not a meat person, check out the vegan risotto ($8).

The Regency Ballroom doesn't serve food, so come early and head south on Van Ness to Tommy's Joynt for some slightly upscale cafeteria food and an impressive beer selection.

Great American Music Hall offers two menus -- if you pay $24.95, you get a guaranteed table and your choice of entrees from a small (but tasty-looking) preferred dinner menu, which offers tri-tip, chicken, and veggie pizza. If you skip the fee, you can order something off their regular menu, which has standard (if overpriced) offerings like onion rings ($8), burgers ($11-13), and ice cream ($7-9). If you're feeling more adventurous, come early and wander around nearby Little Saigon or grab Thai at Lers Ros.

Bottom of the Hill offers a menu with Mexican-inflected appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs, plus oddballs like mac 'n' cheese ($6.25). Running between $7 and $9, the burgers are fairly reasonably priced. Or you could always skip straight to the sweet stuff with an ice cream sandwich ($1.50).

Rickshaw Stop has a pretty affordable menu, as far as concert venues go, with $8 lasagna, $4 edamame, and $8 tamales.

The Independent wants you to be independent (get it?!), so there's no food to be had here. Wander up Divisadero to Little Star Pizza if you need a quick bite.

Mezzanine. No food here, either. Head to Taqueria Cancun at 6th and Market.

The dining room at Slim's.
  • The dining room at Slim's.

Slim's is like Great American -- for $24.95, you get a dinner ticket with reserved seating. Otherwise, you can order from the menu, which is essentially a slightly cheaper version of Great American's (burgers for $10, fries for $5, a slice of pizza for $3).

Boom Boom Room doesn't have any food, and there really isn't anything fabulous nearby, so either stroll south on Fillmore for some fast food or head east a bit to Japantown.

Thee Parkside features a variety of sandiwches, from artichoke paninis ($8) to Vietnamese chicken sandwiches ($9). Thee, too, has a pulled pork sandwich -- on Sunday, it's just $5 and comes with a basket of tater tots. Thee also has $5 side dishes, like chili.

Cafe du Nord's Chef Mike Werden offers up a diverse menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and more, with jumbo prawns ($9), the seemingly ubiquitous pulled pork sandwich ($8.50), and porcini ravioli ($12). Dinner starts 30 minutes after doors open.

Elbo Room. You're in the Mission. Just walk outside and get a burrito somewhere.

Yoshi's has a stunning dining room -- come early for a pricey but delicious meal. The dinner menu includes fancy, well presented sushi rolls ($7-19), plus entrees like hanger steak ($23) and spare ribs ($21). If you're short on time, grab a bite from the club menu while you enjoy the show.

Mighty doesn't serve food, and there isn't much worth mentioning within walking distance. Pack a snack?

Hotel Utah has a pretty standard selection of burgers ($9), sandwiches ($9-11), and side dishes like hummus. If you're feeling cheesy, go for the fried provolone cheese sandwich ($9) and feel your arteries start to clog one delicious bite at a time.

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