From Our Editors
Presidio Social Club: A User’s Guide
- Appetizer: fire-roasted tomato fondue with burrata and garlic toast
- Entree: herb-roasted half chicken with mashed potatoes and salsa verde
- Dessert: lemon-meringue cake
- Cocktail: Manhattan Project, a blend of whiskey, bitters, and vermouth that changes every week
Where to Sit: Ask for a booth. Their tufted-leather backs encourage patrons to relax, setting the tone for a leisurely meal and engaging conversation.
When to Go: Dinner. Like its name suggests, Presidio Social Club models itself after mid-century supper clubs. The chefs’ skills with classic comfort food are on display each night with standards such as oven-roasted ribeyes, as well as different nightly specials Sunday through Thursday.
While You’re Waiting: Walk outside and the smell the breeze moving through the eucalyptus trees. While you’re doing that, try envisioning the grounds as they were in 1903, when the restaurant was part of newly built military barracks.
Inside Tip: Talk up the bartenders for some tips on mixing drinks. Dressed in white coats, they look like scientists, but approach their trade like artists from behind the 45-foot white-marble bar.
Burrata: a ball of cheese consisting of a thin shell of mozzarella on the outside, and a rich blend of cheese curd and cream on the the inside. Derived from the Italian for “buttered” or “buttery”.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Learn the basics of sailing or take a cruise into the Bay at Sailing San Francisco (586 Marina Boulevard).
After: Have a nightcap in the retro-inspired environs at Reed & Greenough (3251 Scott Street).