Comstock Saloon

August 1st, 2011 by Erin Gennow

Review – Comstock Saloon

A few weeks ago we went to Comstock Saloon for a bite to eat.  The entire place is amazing, from the decor to the food, and everything in-between.  When you step inside you feel like you are traveling through time, or probably more accurately, walking onto a movie set.  The staff and musicians dress the part of this Barbary Coast saloon and restaurant.  Every detail of the interior design dates back to historical periods from the wallpaper to the glassware to the wood furniture and lighting.  The clientele in their modern day clothing, and with their modern day portable electronic devices, are the only things reminding you of present day.

Many people go for the classic cocktails, which are created using a variety of sherries, bitters, brandies, and herbal liquors and include drinks such as Manhattans, John Collins, and Sazeracs.  The food is also based on the fare served at the turn of the century.  Pork terrines, Hangtown Toast, and Shrimp Louie among the dishes.  For our dinner three of us shared corn fritters, jalapenos, and basil yogurt dip; fried rabbit with rabbit toast and celery & fennel salad; arugula and watermelon salad with goat cheese.  The corn fitters were light, fluffy and sweet.  They paired beautifully with the spicy jalapenos and the tangy yogurt dip.  I don’t know if I’ve ever had rabbit before, the fried rabbit was served as three little nuggets of juicy, tender rabbit meat with a nice crunchy coating.  A slice of toast topped with shredded rabbit was served alongside.  The shredded rabbit was moist and rich.  The celery and fennel salad offered a nice complement to the rich flavors of the rabbit.  Lastly, the peppery spice of arugula was paired with the sweet watermelon and tangy, sweet goat cheese to provide a nice bit of green to the meal.

Comstock Saloon

155 Columbus Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94133

 

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