Best Place to Change Your Mind About British Food - 2004
White Caps Cafe
Perhaps because of stereotypes about British cuisine, the White Caps Cafe on Geary Boulevard does not advertise that it specializes in British treats. From the outside it's no different than the hundreds of other San Francisco joints serving coffee and pastries. Inside, though, is an Anglophile's paradise of sausage rolls, shepherd's pie, and Cornish pasties. Shelves are lined with Branston Pickle, Goodhall's Steak Sauce, Devon Custard, Batchelor's Baked Beans, black pudding pastries, bangers 'n' beans, Walkers salt and vinegar potato chips, Tayto's Wuster-flavored chips, Wheatabix, and Robinson's Barley Water. A large patio area lets you introduce the kids to British fare. It's one of the few places to find the Irish Herald, and it's generally filled with Caucasian laborers speaking in accents born in the British Isles. Somehow, the whole experience is subversive, yet tasty.