Dining in the Castro continues to improve. The latest example is The Lookout, that second-floor club with a view of the six-way intersection of Noe, Market and 16th Streets. They’ve always had a kitchen, but now it’s really churning out some quality stuff thanks to a menu revamp from Wes Rowe of Wesburger. (Granted, a gay bar that hosts a weekly romp called JOCK isn’t going to be to all tastes, but still, it’s impressive.)
[jump] There are bar snacks aplenty: arancini with New Orleans spices, fried chicken tacos, Tex-Mex queso, and hummus with harissa and sumac, along with one of Rowe's signature hamburgers topped with American cheese and fried onions. Tacos come two to an order, and the pulled pork was most satisfying against the pickled onions, the pico de gallo hot as hell.
This revamped kitchen keeps a slightly weird schedule that doesn’t align with the availability of $8 sangria at happy hour (4-8 p.m. on weekdays). It’s closed Tuesdays but open from 4-9:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays, 3-9:30 on weekends. But since the Lookout is one of the most suitable venues to host a cocktail party in the Castro, those are prime noshing hours for a private event.
The Lookout, 3600 16th St., 431-0306.