1300 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
By Arnold Chan
Why did we dine here? – Fog City, formerly known as Fog City Dinner, reopened with fresh new decor and food in 2013. The predecessor
opened in 1985 and was famously featured in Visa commercials. The revisted restaurant serves modern American cuisine with wood-fired meats, fresh seafood and desserts that include house-made custard and French crullers.
Bruce Hill is the Chef/Owner with Bix, Picco, Pizzeria Picco and Zero Zero also under his empire.
Insider Tip – Sit at the bar and order the best dishes
Cuisine – New American
Location – Fisherman’s Warf
Opened – 2013
Service – Fog City had resonable service on par with places of this level. Knowledgeable server who helped us navigate the menu and no worries about water and the like.
Verdict – Fog City is a great update of the classic. Lots of good dishes and a beautiful environment.
Fog City Signature Dishes – Roast Chicken, Burger, Lamb Skewers, Custard
Fog City’s Menu is pretty wide ranging with small snacks, salads, Seafood, and meat dishes.
Fog City Food Picks:
Deviled Eggs Crispy Quinoa Bacon ($7) snack – Beautiful and a must get. These tasty treats give Park Tavern a run for its money.
Hand-cut Furikake Fries Garlic Aioli ($7) snack – Hot, freshly friend, rich and decadent. Can’t ask for more.
Grilled Kale Salad ($12) Fuyu persimmon, Watermelon radish, duchilly hazelnuts, goat cheese dressing, chervil brings this trendy green into a modern salad that had much more pure kale flavor than most.
Oven Roasted Shelling Beans ($12) with Smoky Tomato Butter and Marjoram, Garlic Breadcrumbs is a must order. Very tender beans smothered with a really tangy sauce.
King Oyster Mushrooms ($16) Red Heart Pimento-Paprika Stew Dill Scented Greek Yogurt – A vegetarian’s delight with meathy shrooms in a tomato sauce. Could have used more mushrooms.
FOG CITY Burger ($14) House-made Bun, Smoked Tomato Aioli F.C. American Cheese, Tomato, Onion Bread & Butter Pickles is destined to place most people. A cheap way to have dinner here. Top notch ingredients, meat cooked to a medium rare, and pre-sliced for us.
Grilled Spiced Lamb Skewers ($21) Tomato, Red Onion, Lemon, Vadouvan Yogurt, and Butter Lettuce Cups was a fun roll your own dish. Better than expected, the long skewers held really flavorful ground lamb. A dish you expect at a Mediterranean place.
Wood grilled local Swordfish ($25) Shell beans, hatch chilies, marioram chili broth, and roasted cherry tomatoes was slightly over cooked. Not exactly big, but juicy and possessing good flavor. I didn’t think swordfish could be local to San Francisco..
Wood Oven Whole Chicken ($29) Charred Brentwood Corn, Crispy Potatoes, and Spiced Maldon Salt is their signature dish. Not as good as Zuni but still huge and cooked just right.
Berkshire Pork Cheeks ($25) Bacon Braised Romano Beans Hatch Chilies, Forest Mushrooms and Soft Polenta were very good. The Polenta really stood out. This dish looks like an island of tender pork.
Grilled Brandt Beef Ribeye ($38) Butter Poached Radishes, Arugula Green Onion Yorkshire Pudding Herb Salad was a huge steak cooked to medium rare. Excellent Yorkshire pudding, rivaling House of Prime rib.
Panorama Bread ($3) with Straus EVOO Butter was stellar. Wish they could make it complimentary or serve it in larger portions.. We had to order several of these. Great when used to sponge up all the juices in the steak dish!
FOG CITY Frozen Custard – Straus Dairy and Vanilla Bean ($5) is a signature dish. We’d suggest getting the next dessert which includes it.
Green Chili Apple Pie ($7) Hatch Chiles, Pippin Apples, Crispy Topping, Frozen Custard was stellar. Zesty spices added a zing to this top notch pie with a thin crust and nice crumble.
Panna Cotta Pudding Cake ($8) Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Candied Peanuts was the weaker of the desserts we had. A chocoholic’s delight with a balance of sweetness and smooth jello like texture.
Affogato ($7) Black Coffee Granita, Vanilla Frozen Custard. Forget about the coffee, just order this dessert. It also includes their famous custard.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Chilled Dill Cucumber Pickles F.C. Ranch ($6) snack – Smoothered modern pickles in a lite ranch sauce. Interesting interpretation.
Brussels Sprouts ($7) snack – were a bit salty and burnt. Fair.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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