Quail Eggs Are the New Deviled Eggs at the Alembic
The Alembic’s pink quail eggs are pickled overnight in coriander, allspice, and clove. They’re tangy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and beg for a Sazerac or bitter beer. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to Drink Anywhere in the World" from the May 2015 issue.
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Craft Cocktails in the Haight at Alembic Bar
Since this Upper Haight bar’s kitchen closed for a much-anticipated renovation and expansion early in 2014, regulars at the Alembic have had to make do with bar snacks and drinks—but not just any bar snacks and drinks. The upscale sister bar to Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery down the street, the Alembic is known for its ever-evolving, consistently innovative cocktails and is frequently listed as one of the best bars in San Francisco, or even in the entire country. Try a Bait & Switch (mezcal, Chareau aloe liqueur, strawberry, lemon, peppercorn syrup, and green strawberry bitters) or the Southern Exposure (gin, fresh mint, lime juice, a touch of sugar, and a little shot of fresh celery juice). Keep an eye on the website for the kitchen reopening. As for those bar snacks in the meantime? Get the pickled quail eggs. Alembic Bar is currently open Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 a.m.
The bartenders at Alembic take their mixology seriously. As in "this has the essence of elderflower" in it seriously. I like the bar because on a rare Saturday morning when I need a little spicy alcohol kick that's lighter than a bloody mary, I order up a drink called a "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," which is pepper juice and gin, garnished with a crouton. I follow it with one of the best hot dogs in the city from their lunch menu and I'm good to go for the rest of the day.