Grilled summer corn pizza – Starbelly

Grilled summer corn pizza - Starbelly
White cheddar, fresh mozzarella, grana, cilantro, aleppo, and lime aioli. $14
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I think the cilantro and lime aioli put this pizza over the top! It was a nice departure from the typical meat pizza that I normally order. I loved the corn and all the different cheese. And the thin crust was also great.

Smoked fried chicken – Starbelly

Smoked fried chicken - Starbelly
Potato salad and jalapeño radicchio slaw. $16
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

This was pretty good. The chicken pieces weren’t that greasy, but I will say that they were a little overdone. I liked their smoky flavor and the refreshing slaw. I wasn’t too impressed with the potato salad. It reminded me more of dry mashed potatoes than anything.

Bread and olive oil - Starbelly
Bread and olive oil. Complimentary

Colorful scooters, Castro
Colorful scooters, Castro.

House made chicken liver pate – Starbelly

House made chicken liver pate - Starbelly
Buttered bread, sweet onion marmalade, grain mustard. $11
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

This pate was good. I liked the texture of it and the onion marmalade was great. I have a love/hate relationship with Starbelly though because the service and food is so damn inconsistent. I would say more so the service, but I’ve also had some horrible dishes here too.

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Malbec red wine - Starbelly
Malbec red wine.

Graffiti mural, Mission
Graffiti mural, Mission.

Fried chicken po-boy – Starbelly

Fried chicken po-boy - Starbelly
Jalapano and radicchio slaw, sesame bun, served with French fries. $10
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I liked the idea of this po’boy sandwich and I think that it’s a great value, but the chicken was over-fried and dry. Ew! Even the slaw and ketchup couldn’t save it. 😦  At least the fries were good.

Movies at Dolores Park
Sparkling rose during movies at Dolores Park.

Prather Ranch burger – Starbelly

Prather Ranch burger - Starbelly
March 2, 2014. With aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, house cut fries and pickle, grilled sesame seed challah bun. $13
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Apparently, Starbelly believes that their burger is SO amazing that it needs 1 hour to prepare it and get it to your table. Puh-lease! This was my final meal at Starbelly, and it wasn’t even that good. Time to move onto greener pastures.

Prather Ranch burger - Starbelly
January 1, 2013. Roasted onions, lettuce, tomato, house cut fries and pickle, grilled sesame seed challah bun. $13

Cornmeal fried local sardines – Starbelly

Cornmeal fried local sardines - Starbelly
Arugula, cherry tomato and anchovy remoulade. $10
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

These sardines had really good flavor, but they were greasy! Ew. You get two decent pieces, but they also put SO much anchovy remoulade on the plate that it makes the sardines look inadequate. The remoulade was delicious, but the amount was excessive.

Cocktails – Starbelly

Mimosa - Starbelly

Mimosa. $9
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

This visit to Starbelly was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The service was horrendous and the food and drinks could not have come any slower. The time elapsed between our appetizer and entree was just stupidly long. While these cocktails tasted fine, the time it took waiting for them completely erased any enjoyment we could have derived from their consumption.

Sangria - Starbelly

Sangria. $8

Fried local sardine sandwich – Starbelly

Fried local sardine sandwich - Starbelly
Sauce remoulade, tomato and arugula with French fries.
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

The service was SO slow and ineffective during this visit that the sardines and fries were cold upon arrival – FAIL! I’ve even heard from friends who agree that this place has gone downhill. That’s unfortunate because I really liked this place.

Random parking lot mobile

Random parking lot mobile, Castro Street.