Kennedy’s Indian Irish Pub

Walking along Columbus street towards Fisherman’s Wharf one day, I passed by Kennedy’s Irish Pub. I might not have noticed this little hole-in-the wall bar and restaurant if it weren’t for the enticing aroma wafting out of the open doors. It smelled like Indian food straight out of the kitchens of women in India. My stomach started growling and I decided to stop in and check the place out.
When I first entered, I thought that perhaps I had imagined that scent of curry in the air, because it looked like I had walked in to any old bar. The front of this restaurant is a traditional Irish pub, offering no liquor but plenty of beer and wine. There is a jukebox in the corner and pool tables to the left. Irish flags hang above the pool tables next to televisions where sports events flash across the screen.
After glancing around, I followed my nose to the back of the building. There, I was greeted by a friendly Indian woman who led me in to the formal dining area. I could still hear the eighties pop music coming from the jukebox, but I still felt a sense of peace in the dining area. The ceiling was covered by elaborate Indian cloth which set the scene for enjoying a traditional Indian meal.
I ordered more than I could possibly eat, which was okay because the food was not too expensive. My waiter told me that I would have to get any alcoholic drinks from the bar up front, so after I ordered my vegetarian samosas, dal soup, garlic naan and aloo gobhi, I went back up to the bar. I asked for a recommendation and ended up with a glass of sangria. When I got back to the table, the samosas were waiting for me. There were only two of them, but they were huge, and I knew that if I ate both of them, I would never be able to try the rest of my meal.
The service was pleasant and the food was even more scrumptious than it had smelled from outside. While I ate, I looked around me. In the very back of the establishment were video games and air hockey tables, along with some boys playing darts in the far corner. Outside of the back door there was a smoking area with tables for outdoor dining. I wondered how this combination of sports pub and formal Indian food came to be. I really thought that it could not get any more eclectic, until I went to the ladies room, where the first thing I saw was an elaborate, extremely gaudy, shell-shaped sink. Somehow, in the midst of all that the place offered, it fit in perfectly. Whether I decide that I want a quick drink or a fancy meal, I will definitely be heading back to Kennedy’s some time soon.

3 Comments so far

  1. Nicolas (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    The HUGE Dosa’s are great as well. Even better are the high powered Hand Dryers in the restrooms. Its fun to just leave your hands under there for a minute or so and watch your skin ripple like water. Try it next time! You also might not have noticed the ridiculous happy hour from 4-8: 2 for 1 beers or $2 Guiness or $5 pitchers of PBR…


  2. n judah chronicles (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

    This bar is the official bar of the N Judah Chronicles when we are in North Beach. $2 Guinness and a lively atmosphere make it one of the best bargains in SF.


  3. Melanie (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    Kennedy’s samosas are the best!! It was our weekly hangout for a while.



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