Baseball season is coming up so we thought we’d better do some recon to see where we could eat or get take out before a game. We had heard that Ironside which is located in the Historic Chronicle Books Building right near A T & T Park in San Francisco’s South Beach/SOMA neighborhood had just updated their dinner menu and decided to check it out. The restaurant’s décor features rugged walnut tables, barn wood, a zinc counter top and a huge chandelier made from a wooden gear. The industrial steel and timber staircase leads upstairs to a second dining area where there was a private party on the night we dined. One wall also has a huge eye catching vintage Lucky Lager billboard that added to the atmosphere.
Ironside’s Dinner Menu has plenty of choices. You can try their Combos , or order a la carte BBQ , sandwiches or burgers. They serve naturally raised meats with no hormones or antibiotics and use fresh local ingredients when available. We ordered wine and began with a starter. The Fried Avocado with smoked jalapeno aioli and chili lime salt was quite tasty and not too heavy. Next it was time for the BBQ. We loved the Natural Hill Pork Ribs which were tender and juicy, the Duroc Pulled Pork which reminded us of North Carolina’s chopped pork and the Smoked Creekstone Beef Brisket which was very lean. The sides that we enjoyed were the Cowboy Beans with bacon and the Pickled Pepper Slaw. Cornbread was an excellent accompaniment to the BBQ.
Ironside serves California Micro Brewery Beers and mostly California Wines. We enjoyed the light and lively 2012 Lange Twins Sauvignon Blanc and the rich 2011 Hahn Pinot Noir with our dinner. We lingered and enjoyed a cup of tasty local Four Barrel Coffee and had delicious Vanilla, Salted Chocolate and Bourbon Ice Cream for dessert.
Ironside has a fun atmosphere and serves tasty BBQ. They are open for lunch, weekend Brunch and dinner and would be a great choice when you are in SOMA for drinks, dining or take out on the way to the ballgame.
680 Second Street
San Francisco, CA. 94107