The Monk’s Kettle
3141 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Finally, someone’s doing craft beer from the heart and in an actually curated fashion. Two-hundred rotating beers and culinary-level food are purposefully paired at The Monk’s Kettle. Might we call it the best beer hub in the city? Particularly because they welcome furry patrons to join the brewfest on their sidewalk seating.
With serious props from both Food Network and local hipsters, this place is honoring the world’s first craft brewers, Belgian Trappist monks, in the picturesque Mission District. Although they primarily specialize in local and, you guessed it, Belgian brews, the extensive menu features a beer for every palate.
Now for the menu. From nibbles to charcuteries to creatively savory entrees, The Monk’s Kettle serves up gastropub fare not for the faint of heart, yet somehow vegetarian friendly. The chefs change it up with a daily sandwich and a fresh brunch offering every weekend, and of course, a recommended beer to complement each dish. Locals love the pulled pork sandwich, old school pretzel knot with cheddar fondue, and fries with hop salt to dip in house mustard—your pup will be wagging his tongue under the table, undoubtedly.
There are only a few tables for mutts to belly up to, adding to the already long wait—but while you wait, you can sip the good sip or take the pooch for a stroll around the block. Visit The Monk when you feel like indulging with a few friends, pup in tow. Hops and housemade pub grub are coming at you, fancy.
Best for: brew-sipping bowsers, gastropub-trend followers, pinkies-up ale drinkers