Eat San Francisco: Nova Bar & Restaurant

Nova is not a destination restaurant. I go there for the sole purpose of pre-partying before a Giants game. It’s perfect for that, being about two blocks from the ballpark and off the local’s radar as a pregame spot.

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While nearby bars are asses to elbows before baseball games, with lines four people deep waiting at the bar, you can actually get a seat and some food at Nova.

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My negroni was a bit sweet for my taste, and I’m weirded out by that hunk of orange, but whatever, it did its job.

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The lunch menu features the usual suspects for an American food restaurant. Fried calamari, wings, soups, salads, burgers, pizzas. There are a couple of seafood items that are a little different, but they aren’t particularly noteworthy or exciting. I met friends there before the game yesterday, and they had already ordered three snacks for us.

The first was the lobster quesadilla

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I just think lobster is so boring. And I don’t understand why people are so impressed when lobster is thrown into a dish it’s not normally found in. The whole thing is stupid. I didn’t actually taste any lobster in the quesadilla, I just tasted poblano’s and lemon. I don’t get the point of this thing at all.

The second was the crab tower.

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I wanted to make a stupid joke like, 1995 called, they want their crab tower back. The presentation makes me a little nuts. But this dish was good, with a nice balance of flavors; rich crab and avocado, fruity mango, crisp jicama, umami packed seaweed. Sake-ginger beurre blanc and wonton chips combine to give the final product an Asian flare, and I’m a total Asiaphile, so, that would be a plus.

The third and final dish on this visit was the wings

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They were just average. Not saucy and spicy enough, too many drumettes and not enough wings. But fine.

Nova Bar & Restaurant
http://novabar.com/

555 Second St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-543-2282

Brunch Sat-Sun 10:00AM-3:00PM
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30AM-3:00PM
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM
Dinner 5:00PM nightly, bar open until 2:00AM

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