Do not mistake this diner with a typical San Francisco tourist trap. Beyond the garishly painted exterior featuring the Golden Gate Bridge and a ... More
Do not mistake this diner with a typical San Francisco tourist trap. Beyond the garishly painted exterior featuring the Golden Gate Bridge and a curly-cue city skyline, you will find a cozy converted railroad car that serves up some very fine burgers, fries and milkshakes. But that is not all. Portuguese specialties such as Bacalbau a Gomes de Sa (codfish with eggs and olives) can be found depending, according to the menu, on availability. The service is always good, but the crowd changes with the hour. Daytime and early evening, it is full of local professionals with their families and students from around town. Later at night, after the area bars have closed down, it becomes a bit more boisterous with people drifting in for a munchie and a cup of java after a night of drinking.
I wanted Portuguese food and got it! The background music was Portuguese Samba, the ambiance was the same. The waiter/owner/bartender was attentive and appreciative when I tried to order in Portuguese. I wouldn't recommend the place for a party of 5 but a great place for couples or a single. I just wish the Portuguese menu was larger. I learned a lot just reading it though. The food was excellent, (pork chop dinner) and was only $20 with tip. I would have liked to try the wine but I don't drink so that is an adventure you will have to try. No need for a suit here, blue jeans, t-shirt & funky hat is just fine.
Horrible Service! Noticed they seated the regulars over us tourists! We waited over an hour for 1 hamburger, 1 philly cheesesteak sandwich and 1 beef sandwich. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. IT STINKS!
I am from Chicago and I like to think I know good food. This place has it. Very friendly service, unique and charming atmosphere. The food is great and recommend it to anybody. Milk shakes are out of this world. I will come here again when I visit again.
I love the burgers here, especially the cheeseburger with bacon and a fried egg (sounds weird, but once you taste it you'll understand). Like the beer selection and desserts, too. Great value for the quality and portions. Have yet to try the pork chops but my wife says they're amazing.
A great way to end a night of drinking and dancing is to devour a big greasy patty melt at 3:00 am. Hit up Grubstake to enjoy this and fried delicacies including cheese sticks, potato skins and jalapeno poppers. Although I've not had one, the chocolate milkshake looks mighty fine and on my next visit I'll order one. The Saturday night/Sunday morning post party crowd is in full force when it gets late, so if you're not up for that go home and cook something. And be prepared for lengthy waits both for a table and your food. But time passes quickly thanks to the fact that the patio provides a superb location for people watching.
THE place for a good burger and fries (and a shake or malted) in our neighborhood. However, if your palate demands more, it has more - basic Italian and someone in the Kitchen is Polish - Linguica, etc. The only problem is they're not open at lunch time - 4 pm and on.
Definitely stop by Grubstake and order the french toast. The potatoes (home fries?) are not bad. It's not the BEST, by any means, but it's the place to be past midnight. Especially since it's open til 4 or 5am when everything else in SF is not. The sauteed mushrooms are a good distraction, too. So are the transvestites and ladies of the night that stop by.
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