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McCormick & Kuleto’s — Best Happy Hour in Fisherman’s Wharf

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For cheap. For reals.

Fisherman’s Wharf gets a bad rap.  It really does.  True, it is the tourist destination from hell — swarms of fanny-packed, camera-laden foreigners from such far-away lands as Michigan and Ohio with way-too-loud children and no desire to tip at any food establishment — but it’s definitely a San Francisco landmark, and an entirely enjoyable one at that if you know where to go.

McCormick & Kuleto’s is the kind of seafood restaurant that prints out fresh menus twice daily.  That is to say, it is NOT cheap.  Except during happy hour.  From 4pm – 6:30 pm and 9:30pm – close Monday through Friday, you and your friends (or just you if you’re a selfish food whore like me) can gorge on the happy hour menu that features prices ranging from $1.95 to $4.95, including escargots, habanero wings, clams, and white truffle fries.  For me and my cholesterol, the highlights are the half-pound cheeseburger and fries for $2.95 and the turkey sandwich with caramelized onions for the same price.  The happy hour selections also change from time to time, so it’s kind of a nice surprise if you come here to binge as often as I do.  Also, this joint overlooks the bay, so it has some serious ambiance going on.  Which I would care about if I took terms like “ambiance” seriously.

McCormick & Kuleto’s 900 North Point St. [Fisherman’s Wharf]

Photo courtesy of Yelper Sandy T.

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Christy Jovanelly - Cheapskate Commentator

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When Christy announced she was leaving her family's Southern California home and moving to San Francisco, her mom said, "Have fun in that den of sin." This is the only (however sarcastic) advice Christy has ever taken from her mom, who also told her to join and cover her eyes during sex scenes in movies. Christy puts her creative writing degree to good use by locating the typos on Chinese food menus and spends most of her time challenging friends to all-you-can-eat contests and trying to get that one bartender at Zeitgeist to smile.