You will feel like you stumbled upon a little known treasure after visiting Fat Angel wine and beer bar.  The cozy spot at Eddy and Fillmore adds warmth and class to the part of the Western Addition where Yoshi’s, Popeye’s and bad strip malls form an unexpected union. 

In an area needing a blast of character, Fat Angel is a breath of fresh air with its church-inspired, repurposed décor.  A stamped tin roof and chandelier beckon you to look upwards from your church pew seats, and an actual organ adorns the 99 year old bar in this intimate space known for comforting food and an eclectic selection of beer and wine.

I spent ten minutes chuckling at the witty descriptions of Fat Angel wines.

The 2006 Domaine Labranche Laffont Madiran, is “A wine for anyone wanting a solid donkey punch to the face.  Gripping as it is smooth, fruity as it is dry.  A mixed bag of sorts, great no matter what you pull.”

Yup, they used “donkey punch” to describe a wine.

Our table ordered a bottle of the 2007 Textbook Cab Sauvignon/Cab Franc. “The name says it all.  A perfect example of why we pay obscene amounts of money for grapes grown an hour north of The Tenderloin.  Dark and brooding.”

The wine perfectly complemented the smattering of eats.  Must trys? The sliders with creamy cheese and a side of herbaceous pickles.  The smoked trout salad with horseradish vinaigrette and a mountain of mixed greens easily feeds four hungry mouths.  Save room for the best apple bread pudding you’ll find in SF. Spiced apples and a dollop of Chantilly cream grace the massive slice.

Whether you need a bite before a show at the Fillmore or just a casual spot to meet friends, hit up Fat Angel before the crowds descend.

Anne Pao is a contributing food writer for SF  When she is not satisfying carnivorous tendencies, you can find her adventuring in the Bay area outdoors.  For more Pao reads check out her blog at