Boxing Room

Perfect For: Day Drinking Lunch

Perfect For: Beer and Fried Food. Maybe that's not a real category, but if and when we launch Infatuation Nola / Infatuation Atlanta / Infatuation Tallahassee (It's got an up-and-coming trendy food scene! Promise!), it will be. Boxing Room hits this sweet spot good and right.

It's one of those places that comes through over and over when you're wandering around Hayes Valley, having failed to get into Biergarten, but still looking for respite and microbrews.

There are two ways to look at a restaurant that we almost always visit as a backup option. One is negative — why isn't it at the top of the list? Why isn't it "worth the journey," to quote some esteemed French colleagues? The food, while not bad, is kind of one-note. And that note is fryer oil. Once you've had a meal consisting of fried hushpuppies, fried gator, and fried chicken, there's a mandatory 30-day detox period to let the lipids seep out of your body. You may want to go longer.

But the other way to look at Boxing Room is as an old reliable. You can usually get in, sit at the bar, and try a new beer with some boiled peanuts. No one with gluttonous (or glutenous) tendencies will be mad at the food.

Boxing Room is good to have on your roster. We just wouldn't recommend making it one of your starters.

Food Rundown

Boiled Peanuts

A classic Southern snack, and one of our favorite things that is surprisingly hard to get elsewhere. This must be how transplanted Bay Area residents feel about Dutch Crunch.

Charbroiled Oysters

Look, you can pile garlic-herb-butter and breadcrumbs on damn near anything and it's going to taste good. Proof positive: Escargots. That's not a knock on these oysters,though — you want them.


We love corn. We love dough. We love fried stuff. Somehow the whole is less than the sum of the parts here.

Fried Gator

Points for trippiness, but not clearly better than other fried animals.

Fried Chicken

Clearly better than other fried animals.


Hard to beat a pile of crawfish smothering some rice. Definitely go after this.

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