The Castro has never been known for its restaurant scene, and for good reason. There hasn’t been much to talk about. The restaurants are for the most part fast food nightmares to serve an ever-increasing number of drunken tourists. Eureka Restaurant and Lounge is one of the exceptions.
The food is an interesting and flavorful blend of Southern Soul and Mississippi Delta cuisine. You can tell that everything is made with passion and love. The fried okra was some of the best this little doggy has ever eaten. Crusted with corn meal (the way it should be in the south), it was crunchy and perfectly seasoned. The aioli served on the side tasted like an odd and not so interesting version of tartar sauce. The black-eyed peas were smoky and full of flavor.
For my entrée I ordered the roasted pork tenderloin with yams and braised collard greens all in a bourbon molasses glaze. Let me tell you here and now, that my tail was wagging something fierce. The pork was melt in your mouth tender. The smokiness of the glaze covering the warm tender yams would make your grandmother’s Thanksgiving yams taste like leather. The dish was simply outstanding.
There were a few bumps along the way. The waiter had a terrible attitude and acted throughout the entire evening that I was a complete inconvenience to him. I’m a pretty laid back kind of dog. It takes a lot to get my fur ruffled. He was close to seeing my bite.
The other issue I had during my meal was the inability of the kitchen to make any adjustments. Their menu clearly states that all food is prepared to order. I had originally ordered the Cajun meatloaf as it simply said served with mashed potatoes. Other menu items mentioned garlic mashed potatoes. I inquired about the meatloaf and was told in a very snarky tone, yes all our mashed have garlic. I asked if I could get it without garlic. I was told no. So much for preparing their food to order.
Despite the problems I encountered this place is a must visit for anyone in the Castro who wants a bit of calm and peace among the hordes of loud and sometimes obnoxious tourists crowding the streets of the Castro.
Food: 5 Paws
Service: 2 Paws
Overall Score: 3.5
With love from my dog bowl to yours….Happy eating.