Regardless of how many places I’ve tried in San Francisco, there’s always a new restaurant that falls into my path. Squat & Gobble, which has been around since 1993, has a unique look and distinct “San Francisco” neighborhood feel.
I love the fact that it has an outdoor patio since there aren’t as many restaurants in San Francisco where you can dine outside as you’d think.
Established originally as a crepery at 237 Fillmore Street, they now have locations in the Castro (which is where I had lunch), the West Portal, Upper Haight, Fillmore Street, 16th & Market and the Marina.
Known for their crepes, they also do a great job on burgers, sandwiches and specialty salads.
Too many choices to choose from, I ended up with the Chicken Pesto crepe, which I had with onions, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes minus the cheese. You can also get a curried chicken crepe served with cheddar cheese, onions and broccoli.
The Mama Mia is LOADED with ingredients, from cheddar, mozzarrella, cottage cheese, onions, mushrooms, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, mushrooms, and walnuts topped with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.
Whoah Nelly! Not short on calories or fat if you’re wanting to splurge. There’s also the Hawaiian which is served with cheddar, onion, pineapple, ham and sweet and sour sauce.
Zorba the Greek includes spinach, artichokes, Feta, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and cucumber yogurt mint sauce whereas the Marina is served with salmon, spinach, onions, capers, artichokes, tomatoes, tarragon and Fontina cheese, topped with sun-dried tomato pesto. The Italian crepe is is served with onions, black olives, mushrooms, spinach scrambled eggs and Mozzarella topped and pesto sauce.
For salads, they have nearly a dozen of them, my favorites being the Asian Chicken Salad, (served with shredded romaine hearts, bean sprouts, cucumber, red onion, watermelon radish, red peppers, Asian noodles, peanuts, cilantro, basil, mint and sweet sesame soy dressing) and the Mexican Grilled Salad (served with romaine hearts, cheddar cheese, avocado, crispy corn tortilla strips, black beans, roasted corn, red onions, red peppers, Roma tomatoes, cilantro-jalapeño sour cream and lemon cumin vinaigrette).
If you want breakfast diner style, they also serve up massive plates of potatoes, bacon, toast and delicious homemade rasberry jam, which has a bit of a bite to it.
The service was great and the prices reasonable. The crepes were in the $10 range and crikey, where can you get a large iced tea for $1.95 AND they gave me two free refills. It’s a great place for lunch in the center of San Francisco’s Castro.