The meal ended with two simple, lovely desserts (both $6): a cloudlike panna cotta topped with dried figs marinating in a hefty slug of rum, and a s'more pie, with graham cracker crust and browned whirls of marshmallow fluff, that reveled in the density of its chocolate-mousse filling.

Again, though, the cooking could be off-kilter enough to make me focus on its calorie content rather than its flavor. Oil glistened and pooled in the crevices of honey-mustard chicken wings ($7), each wing a giant, unsegmented triangle, and the exterior wasn't nearly crisp enough to warrant eating more than a few greasy bites. A pressed duck leg ($16) had been cooked under a weight to melt out the excess fat, but then it came out mahogany-skinned and overcooked, perched on a warm salad of farro, red cabbage, and green olives shiny with too much oil. The servers were bustling a little more to attend to the crowded room — they were just as affable as the last time, but they forgot the salad we'd ordered, leaving us with a vegetable-free meal that I swear left my spleen a little achy. I got the feeling that Beast and the Hare needs one more line cook, since most of the flaws seemed to stem from a lack of attention.

This taco filling is real meaty: Veal, beef, lamb, and pork belly.
Lara Hata
This taco filling is real meaty: Veal, beef, lamb, and pork belly.

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Beast and the Hare

1001 Guerrero
San Francisco, CA 94110

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Beast and the Hare
1001 Guerrero (at 22nd St.), 821-1001, www.beastandtheharesf.com. Dinner 6-10 p.m. Mon., Wed.-Sun. Muni: J, 14, 48, 49.

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