Stick to the Suds

Eldos Grill & Brewery

Sadly, the desserts don't live up to the best of the pub grub. Strawberry shortcake offers pretty good strawberries, glopped up beyond recognition by a thick sauce flavored with red dye No. 2, a soggy little biscuit collapsing beneath. Something advertised as a triple chocolate cake is more like a big Ho Ho with most of the chocolate flavor sucked out of it. Bourbon Street Bread Pudding resembles nothing I've ever encountered in New Orleans. Instead of a dense confluence of cream, eggs, sugar, and Jim Beam, the pudding is a pile of French bread stuck together with scrambled eggs and doused with a sweet bourbon extract; on top of everything, it's difficult to saw through. The best option is the mocha profiteroles, though the puffs need the same hacksaw as the bread pudding. They're stuffed with very good coffee ice cream and set on a bed of crunchy macadamia brittle, and that's good enough for me.

Identity Crisis: Is it a funky downtown hot spot or a 
rough-beamed microbrewery?
Anthony Pidgeon
Identity Crisis: Is it a funky downtown hot spot or a rough-beamed microbrewery?

Location Info


Eldos Grill Micro Brewery

1326 9th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122-2309

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Sunset (Inner)


Eldos Fries $5.25

Brew-chetta $6.25

Burrito Mojado $9

Three Napkin Burger $7

Mocha profiteroles $6

Alejandro Vienna $4/pint

Booker's bourbon $7/glass


Open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Reservations accepted

Wheelchair accessible

Parking: difficult

Muni: 6, 43, 44, 66, N

Noise level: above normal

1329 Ninth Ave. (at Irving)

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Service is as noncommittal as the décor and the menu -- we couldn't have pried an opinion or a suggestion out of our server if our lives had depended on it. Fortunately, in addition to the brews Eldos presents a full bar with a satisfactory selection of after-dinner drinks. A snifter of Booker's exemplary single-barrel bourbon makes a fine alternative to dessert. Stick with that, the beer, and the sort of food that goes with them both and you'll be just fine.

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