Scanning The Menu: Brisket


Sometimes, you have cravings. We know this. Hence: Scanning the Menu, a new feature where the MenuPages Blog will do all the leg work for you. Every week or so, we’ll highlight a particular crave-worthy dish and illuminate restaurants around the city where you can indulge in it. Suggestions always welcome. This week: brisket.

Passover’s right around the corner. If you haven’t been invited to a seder yet, the next best option is to seek out some delicious brisket on your own. Unfortunately, as you probably know, this isn’t New York. Hell, this isn’t even Los Angeles. Suffice to say, San Francisco’s brisket options are few and far between. But have no fear; using our spaceage MenuPages technology, we’ve uncovered some brisket options guaranteed to be so delicious that you will forget all about the subsequent loss of your reproductive cells.

After the jump, brisket from the East Coast and the Far East.

If you want to bite the bullet and try out the closest thing the Bay Area has to an old-school Jewish deli, head to Polk Street’s East Coast West Deli. All the usual suspects, from chopped chicken liver and smoked sable to pastrami and (yes) brisket, are represented in their entirety. The brisket is sliced right in front of you and everything. You’ll find a similar yet more upscale feel at the California Street Delicatessen & Cafe, nestled within the Jewish Cultural Center. Fork-tender meat for $9.95 per pound can’t be beat, especially if you live in the Marina area, where cheap eats are at a premium.

That’s about it for options in the traditional brisket realm, which means it’s time to think outside the box. Barbecued brisket is a known and recommended commodity at Memphis Minnie’s and Big Nate’s. For a gourmet, French-inspired spin, try to catch the brisket sandwich special at Mistral Rotisserie Provencale in the Ferry Building.

At the famous Tadich Grill, tourists and natives are too busy attacking the lauded seafood to notice the traditional boiled brisket, accompanied by petite marmite, potatoes and vegetables. Is it better than the sand dabs, crabs and oysters? Maybe not, but it’ll satisfy your brisket yen.

Finally, our sleeper picks for a good brisket involve two Asian restaurants. First, the Sunset’s Pho Hoa Hiep offers traditional Vietnamese noodle soups with several cuts of beef, including brisket. For something a little heartier, Emmy’s Chinese Restaurant on Ocean Avenue has been serving up a brisket in a clay pot for years. For a mere $6.50, it can’t be beat. Spicy and hot, it’s just the thing for another foggy day in the Sunset, because we hear those are pretty common over there.

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Scanning The Menu: Brisket