Falconetti’s sizzles with sausages
The gourmet sausage platters at Falconetti's East Side Grill are not only tasty, they make for great booze cushions. (RYAN JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY)
If you’re looking for a funky Commercial Drive hangout, Falconetti’s East Side Grill just might be the place for you. To access the rooftop, you have to climb a staircase that’s semi-hidden in a darkened room in the back. So it kind of feels like you are being led to some sort of secret club. But once you’re upstairs, the space opens up into a bright and airy lounge. An added bonus is you don’t have to wait for summer weather to enjoy this area. With skylights above the covered portion, you can still get that outdoor vibe even when the actual open-air patio is sectioned off. So rain or shine, it’s a great venue for drinking up a storm with a group of friends.
As for the menu, it’s not really a “foodie” destination per se. The emphasis is less on artisan ingredients and presentation, and more on quantity and meat — lots of meat.
That being said there are veggie options. But the heart and soul of the menu is the vast selection of gourmet sausages, including tandoori chicken, sweet Italian, Polish and honey bratwurst — to name a few. Each link is free of preservatives and fillers, and served in a bun with various toppings plus a side of some seriously tasty fries. Like many of the dishes at Falconetti’s, the sausage platter ($12 each) makes for a great booze cushion. Which you may very well need — if only because this friendly drink-centric hotspot is the kind of place where you lose track of how many cocktails you’ve had. You’ve been warned.