No more Weird Fish satellite kitchen at Bender’s. It is a sad day, indeed. EaterSF has the full story but that’s about it. It’s gone, and tonight I’m eating an entire bottle of lexapro to mimic the joy I felt when biting into the vegan philly cheesesteak. Timothy Holt, there is blood on your hands.
IN OTHER SUPER-DEPRESSING NEWS: I also heard rumor that there’s a new chef at Weird Fish and a new bullshit menu that is seriously lacking in deep-fried seitan. I am disgusted.
[Photo thanks to Kevmo, who will miss it more than the rest of us can even begin to understand.]
Excellent home fries, vegan pancakes with maple syrup and Earth Balance, vegan chorizo scrams (sub “Capp St. potatoes” for the red beans & rice! TRUST!), seitan and chips, fried pickles and NOW, a vegan Philly Cheesesteak piled high with seitan, vegan cheese, peppers, and onions that is truly, truly, truly outrageous! For 10 bucks, you get a HUGE sandwich on wonderfully soft house-made bread and your choice of fries (a mixture of sweet potatoes and regular potatoes), salad (pictured!) or the soup of the day (always a vegan choice!). Brunch, perfected.
Review: Weird Fish! »
Weird Fish. OK. First, their mascot is a fat mermaid. DOPE. Second, they have lots of vegan options, including vegan fish and chips (made with either tofu or tempeh!) on a bed of regular and sweet potato fries, seitan buffalo wings (WHAT) and deep-fried green beans (WHAT) and pickles (WHAT) with vegan dipping sauce (WHAT) and c) THEIR MASCOT IS A FAT MERMAID. I love me a fat mermaid. I want this bitch to have a smackdown with Ariel in the 24th Little Mermaid and possibly eat her and then turn the prince not gay. Because the prince is about as butch as these fools having an orgy with these fools. Sorry, I know this is a blog about eating and now I’m about to make you lose your lunch.
Oh, they also serve a really great brunch on the weekends. They have a specific tofu scramble but you can substitute tofu in any of the egg dishes instead. Vegan bacon, vegan sausage and vegan CHEESE (I believe it’s Follow Your Heart) They even have vegan pancakes!!! SO EXCITING!!! It’s so great to go to brunch and be able to eat something more than dry oatmeal with a side of hunger pains and/or hep C. I’m looking at you, dirty-ass IHOP.
A few more things: This place is a good date restaurant but not great for groups, as it is very tiny. Be prepared for a wait most nights; you can sit at their TEENY TINY bar in the back of the restaurant or wait outside with your wine at the bus stop, like a hobo. Speaking of wonderful alcohol, they have a small but good wine and beer list, no hard liquor. Their desserts are weak and expensive, skip them and walk or hop on the bus up Mission Street to Maggie Mudd instead for a deeeeelicious sundae of deliciousness.
[photo via yelp]