Fuzio Isn't Trendy, But It Can Be Fun After a Crappy Workday
The hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m.
The deals: $3 appetizers, $5 mini pizzas, $3 drafts, $5 well drinks
The digs: Bright, chirpy TGI Friday's kind of place atop Embarcadero Center, with friendly barkeeps, big windows looking out on the Ferry Building, and a burbling crowd of post-work, pre-movie revelers.
The verdict: It may not be trendy enough for the perpetually bored S.F. hipster, but despite its cheerfully plasticine ambience Fuzio is a fun place to unwind from the workday. The location is convenient to SOMA, the Financial District, and the streetcars and ferries, the Embarcadero views are pleasant, and the happy hour noshes are substantial and affordable: calamari, crab cakes, spring rolls, firecracker pork sliders with Asian slaw and habanero mayo, and spicy, juicy pulled-chicken lettuce wraps with carrot-ginger slaw. Mini pizzas are $5 apiece, and if you're thirsty, well drinks are $5 and draft beers only $3. The Embarcadero Center Cinema's just across the way if you want to make an evening of it.
Overall grade: B+