Putting hearty treats like Asian hangar steak and chicken milanese on the front burner
A salmon filet ($14) didn't get the breading, but otherwise it was similar, with wilted spinach substituted for the arugula and a nice pool of spicy aioli as a further enhancement. Our only squawk here was that we'd ordered the salmon burger. Our server did acknowledge the mistake and took responsibility for it; she also said she would charge us only for the burger but only knocked 20 percent off the filet instead. The multiple stories irked me more than the few dollars, but it is probably a sign of how tight things remain that those few dollars matter.
Consolation: an ice-cream sandwich ($5.50) made with oatmeal-raisin cookies. We whooped, discreetly. *
SOUTHEND GRILL 'N' BAR
Dinner: Mon.–Thurs., 5–10:30 p.m.;
Fri.–Sat., 5–11 p.m.; Sun., 5–9:30 p.m.
1499 Valencia, SF
Beer and wine
Not as noisy as you might expect