The Park Chalet - Ocean Beach - San Francisco
1000 Great Highway @ Ocean Beach, San Francisco 415 386 8439
When the groom told me everyone would be meeting at the Park Chalet on Sunday for the post wedding brunch, I thought he was crazy. Not only had I eaten two of my worst ever San Francisco meals, a few years ago in its upstairs, sister restaurant, The Beach Chalet, but everyone around here knows that Ocean Beach is just about the coldest place earth. I have a friend who didn't even realise San Francisco had its own wide sandy beach, stretching for miles, until she had been living here six months. It's hardly surprising - you can't usually see it for all the fog!
Perhaps luck always shines on the bride and groom. As chance would have it, when we arrived at the chalet, with vistas of the ocean on one side, and views of Golden Gate Park on the other, the temperature was absolutely sweltering. Mid October shows off San Francisco in its best light and the 40 or so other guests from as far away as Germany, France and Texas were all hoodwinked in to believing we must live in a perpetually sunny California. Park Chalet was the perfect setting for a casual brunch with the group spread over several muddled tables. We listened to live jazz whilst munching on a selection from the menu including burgers, the most delicious tower of crispy onion rings and an ok-enough hot crab and artichoke dip with toasted housemade beer bread.
It's no surprise they make their bread with beer here. The Chalet is also home to a brewery where they make their own beers like the West End Wheat I enjoyed. When things hot up in this city, obviously everyone has the same idea about where to chill out. Not only did I bump into my lovely hairdresser, Hang, who had given me beautiful messy curls (as requested) for the wedding the day before, we spied at least three different people from work as well. I guess the Park Chalet is the place to see and be seen on a lazy, sunny, fogless Sunday afternoon in San Francisco.
PS. This review was a First Impression
|Archive Alert! On this day in 2004, I was publishing photos, like this delicious-looking dessert, from the Chowhound Picnic.|
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