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Valentine’s Day Brunch

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Valentine’s Day will be upon us shortly, and while I’m a fan of a classy V-Day dinner, maybe you want to do something different. Something a little more fun, but still with plenty of romance (and lots of champagne). You know what I’m getting at (it probably doesn’t hurt that this is a site about brunch and you’ve read the title of this post) – Valentine’s Day brunch!

Lucky for you, San Francisco has a few great Valentine’s Day brunch options. I’ll caveat that by saying that most of them will require you to brunch the weekend before, but that’ll just make it a nice surprise for your paramour and an opportunity to have a couple of special days.

Cupid’s Champagne Brunch Cruise

What’s more romantic than a champagne cruise? Hornblower cruises does regular champagne brunches aboard their boats, and this one’s specially designed for a perfect Valentine’s Day brunch experience. It’s two hours of a brunch buffet and bottomless champagne and OJ (with a full cash bar available if you’re too good for the bubbly) with live music and beautiful views of the bay. It’s on Saturday, February 10, and tickets will run you $85 per person, which is pretty reasonable as Valentine’s Day meals go in San Francisco. The menu looks okay, if not thoroughly exciting, but you’re there for the ambiance anyway.

Top of the Mark

While they’re not advertising a special Valentine’s Day brunch, every Sunday is special at Top of the Mark. It’s one of the most romantic places in the city, and the food is excellent. It’s also a generally classy establishment with excellent service, so I’m confident that if you mention you’re making a reservation for Valentine’s Day brunch, they’ll ensure you have a romantic time.

Galentine’s Day Drunk in Love Bottomless Sangria Brunch

If you want to take your day a different direction, head to SoMa StrEat Food Park (y’know, the spot in SOMA with all the food trucks). While it doesn’t say it explicitly, something about this event feels like it’s more targeted at women than us men folk. They’ll be playing Beyonce and Rihanna all day (over/under on plays of Single Ladies is roughly a million… take the over) and you can drink Sangria to your heart’s delight. After all – that’s what Valentine’s Day brunch is about – the heart… and a lot of booze. $25 if you buy early and $30 if not, and their brunch will run from 11am-3pm on Sunday, February 11.

 

 

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Wing Wednesdays

Wing Wednesday: Score! Sports Bar and Lounge

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Let’s start with an important note: make sure you go to Score! Sports Bar and Lounge, not SCORE mentors. The latter doesn’t have Wing Wednesday.

The Bar

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Score! Sports Bar is at the very south end of North Beach at Broadway and Kearny, and it is, as you can imagine, a sports bar. It’s a very large space with a whole lot of TVs, so if you happen to be a degenerate gambler with bets on some second-tier football games that no one else wants to watch, you might be able to get the bartender to show them here. It’s also very much a beer pong bar – there are maybe a dozen tables, so get your pitchers, grab some balls and play a game or two.

When we got to Score, it was completely empty. By the time we left, there were fewer than five other people in it. If you don’t want to wait for wings and a drink, this isn’t a bad choice. If you’re looking to make lots of new friends, this might not be the place. I will say that there were no major games on that Wednesday, so it’ll likely be more crowded if the Warriors or the Giants are playing that day.

The Wings

The wings at Score! Sports Bar are twice the price of most Wing Wednesdays, coming in at a still-affordable 50 cents. There’s also a two drink minimum that’s easy to hit with a reasonably-priced pitcher or two. We got the wings fast (but again, only people there) and steaming hot, and I’d generally say they were quite tender and reasonably large. They’ve got five flavors:

  • Buffalo: Traditional, not too spicy, and just a little bit sweet. Nothing extraordinary, but very solid.
  • Sweet Chili: These were a little sweet for me, but definitely not bad. Not spicy at all.
  • Lemon Pepper: I was surprised by how good these were – they were lightly sauced compared to everything else, and it really helped bring out the tenderness of the wings. The flavor isn’t dramatic, but it’s delicious.
  • Garlic Parmesan: Not a fan of these – I thought the Parmesan gave them a weird texture, and the flavor was pretty bland and not at all garlicky.
  • BBQ: These might have been my favorite BBQ wings so far; the flavor is much more subtle and less sweet than most places.

The Service

You order from the bar, and they bring the wings out. Based on the size of the place, even if it’s crowded I can’t imagine anyone having a problem finding a place to sit and eat. Thumbs up all around on the staff here as well.

Overall

This is a great option; lots of space, good wings and plenty of beer pong and TV to keep you occupied. The only downside is that the wings are more expensive than other places, but at 50 cents a pop, they’re tough to complain about.

Rating: 🍗🍗🍗🍗

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Bullitt

Bullitt brunch
Bullitt brunch is served at one of our favorite bars, right in the middle of Polk in Russian Hill. If you haven't already, give our
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