There was no greater fan of the old Canvas Gallery than I – more than once when low-grade home Internet crapped out on me, the Canvas Gallery was a wifi safe haven to continue the bloggy goodness.
However, since it’s passing, we’ve had a new addition to the neighborhood I’ve found to be a pleasant replacement, Pacific Catch, in the refurbished Canvas Gallery space on 9th and Lincoln.
Now, I have to confess I haven’t actually had dinner here yet (although I’ve seen what others have ordered and it all looks great), but that’s because Pacific Catch has been luring me in there with an incredible happy hour, one that’s not only from 4-6pm , but also late at night (something we’ve needed around here for a while), and at both times they serve a great bargain-priced menu of assorted fish and deep fried items, along with some great cocktails.
For example, the spicy tuna roll, which is fairly sizable and quite well made, is only $4.95. I’ve also tried their sweet potato fries (normally an abomination, but here super awesome), and a friend of mine tried the calamari (also looked good). They also have their own specialty cocktails, which, although costing a bit more than their well counterparts, are made with some pretty exotic ingredients.
They make a great pisco sour, among other pisco-based drinks. But even more amazing? They have more than one kind of pisco! Unheard of, I know! My personal favorite is the “Lime in the Cocoanut” which features toasted cocoanut syrup muddled with limes and pisco, with a splash of soda.
But even if you order a nice, ordinary $4 well cocktail, you’re going to get a really well-made drink. No bar mixes, only fresh fruit juice, and the well pours are of good quality. Either way you can have a nice drink and a snack on the way home and get out of there for about $10.
But best of all, this is not some impersonal Tipsy McStaggers “chain” with impersonal waitstaff…everyone that works here is friendly, polite, and makes you feel welcome and want to come back. This is why I’ve returned as often as I have (about once a week, time and schedule permitting) since I sometimes work a strange schedule and actually have time at the end of the day to do something fun (while other times I’m chained to my desk until late).
Next time you’re done with a walk in the park on a warm day, check it out, and you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised!
9th Avenue and Lincoln
1 Block from the 9th and Irving N Judah Stop
Right In Front of the 71 Haight Stop