1813 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Located in the Nopa District (north of the panhandle), one of the City’s best neighborhoods for food, Bistro Gambrinus offers traditional dishes and fine beers from Europe. The restaurant is named after a legendary king of Flanders, known as the patron saint of beer. Among the many tasty entrees on the menu are Hungarian goulash, Russian sausage and Polish bigos. Bistro Gambrinus has an incredible selection of European bottled beers with eight from Poland. Among the Polish beer selections featured on the menu are Okocim Mocne, Warka, Hevelius Kaper and Tatra.
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4318 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Pierogi lovers can savor this Polish treat at this critically acclaimed café within the Inner Richmond district, near the Presidio. As the name suggests, Café Europa specializes in many of the most popular European dishes prepared by a Polish chef. Other popular European dishes on the menu are red borscht, chicken or pork schnitzel, beef stroganoff and goulash. On the beer menu are three types of bottled beer from Poland – Zywiec lager, Zywiec porter and Warka strong, as well as Okocim lager on tap. Several other imported beer labels are available from many other European countries, such as the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Belgium and France.
3108 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
In business since 2004, the original Giordano Bros. eatery in North Beach has been so successful, it opened a second location two years ago in the Mission district. While both locations feature an enormous Italian sandwich made famous in Pittsburg during the 1930s, the Mission eatery sells one of the tastiest and largest kielbasa sandwiches in the city, in addition to housemade pierogies made from 100 percent organic ingredients. Both locations sell a good collection of European draft and bottled beers, including Hoegaarden white ale and Stella Artois lager from Belgium and Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen from Germany.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
545 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
First opened in 1998 on the street made world famous in 1967 during the city’s iconic Summer of Love, Rosamund Sausage Grill has expanded to three Bay Area locations, with another in Brooklyn. Its Mission Street location features beer garden-style seating one would expect to see in Munich beer halls. As the old saying goes, sausage is king here with many European varieties on the menu: Hungarian, Italian, Nuernberger bratwurst, knockwurst and vegan kielbasa. The original Rosamund on the Haight sells only Boyland vintage soda and Pelegrino but if customers prefer beer, they’re encouraged to venture over to the equally famous Toronado beer bar next door.
Seakor Polish Deli
5957 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121
No other San Francisco location comes close when looking for the best selection of Polish food. In fact, this delicatessen is widely acclaimed as the best Polish deli and specialty meat shop in northern California. Located in the Outer Richmond District, along one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, the family-owned European delicatessen and sausage factory features an enormous variety of traditional foods, including kielbasas, pierogi and pieczywo. The small deli serves Polish and other European dishes daily and features a gift shop, where visitors can purchase Polish souvenirs like flags, t-shirts, greeting cards, books and CDs.
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Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com.