So we’re nearing the end of the SF Film Festival and closing night is at the Castro Theater. Tickets are sold out for the after party at the Mezzanine (as well as the VIP tickets to said party) so we thought we’d give some Castro restaurant recommendations for those who still might want to watch A Prairie Home Companion, but weren’t fortunate enough to get tickets to the “Grande Finale” where they promise “exotic sips, scrumptious nibbles.”
If it’s scrumptious nibbles you’re after, Lime is a good option. The modern decor, the beautiful people and hip, small plates will make you feel like you’re on the A-list at a somewhat exclusive Hollywood party. Order the zucchini frites and cheesecake lollipops if you’re ready to throw dietary caution into wind, but healthier options include mini fish tacos and the ultra-fashionable caesar salad cups. And because it’s hard to look trendy without a glass in your hand, the drink selection is just as happening as the food. We tend to keep things low key (think vodka tonic) when it comes to alcoholic beverages, but we will admit we’ve tasted the Lime mojito and it far exceeded our expectations.
If you’re not in the mood for a scene then Poesia, about a block away from the theater on 18th, offers great upscale italian in a relaxing, welcoming environment. The menu is simple and kept to a single page, but we think that menu simplicity is often the sign of a good chef. We recommend the sea bass, the zucchini carpaccio with truffles and we would stop our diet on the spot for a spoonful of the canolli.
Of course, after sitting in a theater for a couple of hours, standing at the counter across the street at Marcello’s Pizza might be just the ticket. They serve up a mean slice, top that off with a beer and you’re set for around $6.
Photo: The Castro Theater by bobster1985