Bone marrow – The Alembic

Bone marrow - The Alembic
Caper gremolata, garlic confit, levain. $13
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

Ugh, this was probably the worst Big Eat SF item I’ve had so far. And actually it was probably the worst bone marrow I’ve ever had too. I’m not sure they even roasted this thing! It was cold and spread like super thick chunky Crisco with added tissue and random globs. I was horrified at how undercooked this was that I left pretty much the entire thing on the plate. FAIL!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

Sidewalk collage sign

Sidewalk collage sign, The Mission.

Sazerac – The Alembic

Sazerac - The Alembic
“In New Orleans, they like to do things their own way. Judging by this famous variation on the old-fashioned, that way may be the right way. Rittenhouse 100 rye whiskey, the Crescent City’s own Peychaud’s bitters, a bit of sugar – and a glass rinsed with a green bitter liquid that shall remain nameless.” $11
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I’ve grown to appreciate a well-made sazerac. The Alembic knows how to make proper cocktails so I’m a happy man!

Banana people street art

Banana people street art, The Mission.

Jerk spiced duck hearts – The Alembic

Jerk spiced duck hearts - The Alembic
With pickled pineapple and thyme salt. $5
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

These were tasty, but you really only need a piece or two. After that, it becomes too rich to eat. Thank goodness for the pickled pineapple’s acidity to cut through the richness of the duck hearts.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013, 2014

Lion-headed man doorway art

Lion-headed man doorway art, The Mission.

Artisan cheese – The Alembic

Artisan cheese - The Alembic
With marcona almonds and assorted bread. $4
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

The waitress, after confirming with the kitchen, told us that this was a Camilla soft goat cheese. We were VERY skeptical because it had the flavor and texture of a cow’s milk soft cheese like brie. There is no way in my mind that this was a goat cheese. I tried Googling the brand/variety afterward and came up with nothing comparable. I hate
it when you’re given false information at restaurants!

Yellow yarrow flowers
Yellow yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae), West Field Road.

Bourbon old-fashioned – The Alembic

Bourbon old-fashioned - The Alembic
“The oldest cocktail, and still one of the best. Nothing more than a slug of good whiskey on the rocks, with a couple of dashes of bitters, a little sugar, and a twist of lemon peel to take the edge off. Sometimes the simplest things work best. We make ours without the “garbage” – the fruit salad with wich the noble old warhorse is so often weighed down.” $11
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

The cocktails here are really good. Standard, simple, and delicious! I really liked the atmosphere as well. There’s a small bar area in front and a few tables in back for diners. The service was nice and laid-back but still attentive.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010

Seasoned popcorn - The Alembic
Seasoned popcorn. Complimentary

Ochagavia litoralis
Pink flowers of Ochagavia litoralis (Bromeliaceae), West Field Road