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#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Sometimes, Go Irish!

It’s Happy Hour. It’s the end of the traditional work day or well into the day of roaming and traveling about. Why not mix up the coffee drinking by…

… #Tip 2: Going Irish! Adding some whiskey to that brew.

There is no better place to do that then Buena Vista in San Francisco, the American home of the Irish coffee!

Irish Coffee, Buena Vista, San Francisco, California

The Irish coffee at Logan’s Irish Pub in Findlay, Ohio definitely hits the spot too. 🙂

Irish Coffee, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

Go Irish! Well maybe not the University of Notre Dame kind, haha. I cheer the green and white of Michigan State.

San Francisco: Getting “The” Irish Coffee.

I’m going to San Francisco! As soon as the trip became a reality what was the first thing that came to mind? The Buena Vista Cafe and their Irish Coffee. Low and behold soon after arrival, I saw this sign up close at the corner of Hyde and Beach Streets.

San Francisco - The Buena Vista Cafe - Fisherman's Wharf - Irish Coffee

The Buena Vista has roots on this corner back to 1916 when it opened as a saloon. Buena Vista in Spanish means “Good View” which definitely applies as it sits within Fisherman’s Wharf and across the street from where people get on the famed cable cars and go up the steep hills to Lombard Street and points beyond.

Naturally it was crowded inside. I found a spot as far away from the bar as one could get. 😦 No matter Irish coffee deliciousness awaits.

San Francisco - The Buena Vista Cafe - Irish Coffee

Great memories brought me here as well, having enjoyed many fun times growing up. I remember watching them make the Irish Coffee, though when young, I didn’t grasp the Irish part haha. Just the pouring of the coffee helped lead the way to where I am today, lot’s of coffee consumption and time watching them make it from to many coffeehouses to count.

San Francisco - The Buena Vista Cafe - Irish Coffee

Getting a closer shot of the bar I watched the whole process unfold. With the empty glasses lined up, they first put a couple of sugar cubes in the bottom of each glass and then poured in the hot, black coffee. Next they quickly dragged the Irish whiskey bottle across them and topped each with a little creamy froth.

I heard they make 1000’s of these a day and more whiskey is consumed here on a year-by-year basis then anywhere else in the United States. They currently use Tillamore Dew Irish whiskey.

While watching the process, I realized one of those was mine! There it is.

San Francisco - The Buena Vista Cafe - Irish Coffee

I was back at a place of my youth consuming something I remember seeing everyone else drink. Their Irish Coffee making goes back to 1952 and has become an icon in the city of San Francisco and known to some, include me, around the country as “The” Irish Coffee.

I’d been there before as an adult, but I wasn’t that much into whiskey so I passed. What could have I been thinking. Between liking whiskey more, becoming a lover of coffee and wanting to rekindle memories of youth, The Buena Vista was a must stop on this trip. If I could only get my hands on a world record sized Irish Coffee haha. 🙂

The top item on my San Francisco to-do list was checking off and hopefully one day you can check this place off of yours. Checkout their website and story.

Any must stops  for Irish Coffee that you’ve come across in your travels? Where are some of your go-to places for eats and drinks in San Francisco?

An Irish Bars Food Conquers All.

Lot’s of time over the years has been spent in Irish Bars locally and in traveling. They all have great beers, great whiskey and you’ll usually find bands on the weekend with lot’s of singing from the crowd. Soccer and rugby matches you’ll find a lot of the time on big screens and lot of great food will be consumed. Well not at every place. 🙂

Thinking of myself as a foodie, all the points above are secondary except for the last. Great food conquers all! And no Irish Bar that I’ve been to makes it quite like Logan’s Irish Pub in Findlay, Ohio.

Irish Food, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

Opening in 2010 it sits right in the heart of downtown on Main St. A sampling of the great eats I’ve had here:

Corned beef and cabbage, along with red skinned potatoes and carrots.

Corned beef and cabbage, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

Logan’s Mac ‘n Cheese. Corkscrew pasta made with peas, corned beef, onions, scallions and more. It’s topped off with bread crumbs. You can never have too much corned beef!

Logan's Mac 'n Cheese, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

The regular Mac ‘n Cheese. There was plenty of cheeses mixed in, to go with again corkscrew pasta and topped with bread crumbs. Alongside for the ride some sautéed garlic green beans, outstanding!

Mac 'n cheese, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

You can’t be at an Irish establishment, especially earlier in the day without an Irish coffee.

Irish Coffee, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

My most recent stop there topped them all. I heard the bartender talking to someone at the other end of the bar about everything that was in the Full Irish Breakfast. I was intrigued, actually I was sold before the bartender really had a chance to ask.

Full Irish Breakfast, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

Eggs, bacon, sausage, black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes topped with parmesan and more. It was definitely a full breakfast.

Sausage, black and white pudding, Logan's Irish Pub, Findlay, Ohio

To go with all the outstanding food and Irish coffees is great service. The food has always come out fast and everyone is always checking to see if you need anything else.

If your ever in Northwest Ohio or the Midwest for that matter make the trek over to Findlay and checkout Logan’s Irish Pub. I need to be saving room for my next conquest there: The Country Fried Breakfast. 🙂

What Irish bars/restaurants would you recommend in your neck of the woods? What memorable ones have you come across in your travels?