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September 16, 2016
SF Station

Local Chef Spotlight: Buffalo Theory’s Tim Luym

By Flora Tsapovsky on September 16, 2016

"No one is surprised by a new craft beer spot these days, but the freshly openedBuffalo Theory on Polk Street is trying, successfully, to put a spin on the whole tap and bites format. Yes, this place offers over 30 craft beer varieties on tap, from sturdy IPAs to refreshing Belgian fruit beer, from local hits to small European labels, but what tops it, is that Executive Chef Tim Luym paired everyone’s favorite beverage with an equally intriguing international menu, in which Italian meatballs mingle with Adobo, gluten-free mushroom ‘fettuccine’ and Japanese Katsu sandwiches. We caught up with Luym and talked about the Tenderloin, his favorite spots and that pesky ‘fusion’ trend.

September 9, 2016
The Perfect Spot

The Top New SF Openings of August

By Virginia Miller on September 20, 2016 

"Cliff Clavin once said in Cheers: 'A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo…  In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we all know, kills brain cells, but naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine!'

Or so the premise of newcomer Buffalo Theory (open August 8th) goes. The craft beer-focused restaurant and bar located in Russian Hill is a beer lovers’ destination with 30 craft beers on tap (15 rotating, 15 house staples, including 2 nitro beers and 2 wines), already drawing beer drinking crowds in opening weeks. But the TVs and beer hall vibe threaten to mask the strength of executive chef Tim Luym’s (who impressed me years back at Poleng Lounge) Asian-inspired pub fare, pulling influence from the Philippines to Japan, Italy to Ireland."

August 31, 2016
SF Gate

Bay Area restaurant openings: August 2016  

By Sarah Fritsche on August 31, 2016 at 9:54 AM

"Polk Street got a new — albeit oddly named — beer-focused restaurant, courtesy of Ted Kim (Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant) and first time restaurant owners Quinn Wong and Gil Hoh. As far as food to accompany the brews, an Asian and Filipino-inspired menu from former Chronicle Rising Star Chef Tim Luym."

August 26, 2016
Draft Magazine

"Hot Tables", Draft Magazine

Big thanks to the fine folks over at DRAFT Magazine for including us in their Hot Tables collection - featuring The Best Seats in Beer Right Now!! 

August 17, 2016

Buffalo Theory Opens in Russian Hill

By Omar Mamoon on August 17. 2016

"Buffalo Theory, a new craft beer-focused restaurant and bar, opened last week in Russian Hill. The menu includes about 30 craft beers on tap in addition to a selection of small plates, crafted by Chef Tim Luym, that are meant to be shared. We can't wait to try the crispy adobo wings and aranchino, a Chinese take on fried risotto balls using sticky rice and Chinese sausage as the filling. Yum."

August 9, 2016
Table Hopper




Beer-Focused Openings: Buffalo Theory, BuzzWorks, Standard Deviant Brewing

Beer lovers continue to find plenty of places to indulge in this city, starting with the newly opened ~BUFFALO THEORY~ on Polk Street. Chef Tim Luym (Poleng Lounge, Attic) partnered with Ted Kim (Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View) on this neighborhood restaurant with quality craft beers (30 on tap)—the staff is highly trained on the beers, so geek out to your heart’s content. Luym put together a menu of affordable and bold bar bites that take inspiration from drinking food from around the world, like Filipino adobo chicken wings and a Japanese chicken katsu sandwich. "

August 5, 2016

Buffalo Theory’s Craft Beer and Bar Bites Arrive in Polk Gulch

by Stefanie Tuder , photos by Patricia Chang Aug 5, 2016, 10:11a @stefanietuder

"As of Monday, August 8, Polk Street has another bar on its hands, this one called Buffalo Theory and focused on craft beer and bar bites. Chef Tim Luym (Poleng Lounge) and owner Ted Kim (Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View) are behind the project, each respectively bringing food and drink experience to the table.

Luym, a Chronicle Rising Star Chef in 2007 for his Poleng Lounge Filipino- and Asian street food-inspired menus, is bringing many of the same flavors to Buffalo Theory, with food designed to be shared and borrowing inspiration from the Philippines, Spain, Japan, and more. Eclectic, global dishes like arancini made with sticky rice, mushroom, shrimp, Chinese sausage, and XO aioli or sisig and grits make appearances on the menu, which you can see in full below. As for the drinks, Kim curated the offerings (also in full below), with 30 local and global beers on tap, plus wine and nitro-brew coffee on tap as well."

August 5, 2016
Urban Daddy

It’s Got Buffalo Meatballs and 30 Beers on Tap

By Laurent Sloss on August 5, 2016

“... Regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

What you just read was part of Cliff Clavin’s famous Cheers rant dubbed the Buffalo Theory.

“Buffalo Theory is also the name of a new beer-forward bar that’s now soft-open on Polk.”

And what you read that time was... just sort of a fact.

August 4, 2016
SF Gate

Here’s the opening menu for Polk Street’s Buffalo Theory

By Sarah Fritsche on August 31, 2016 at 9:54 AM

"Buffalo Theory, the curiously named beer-focused restaurant from Ted Kim (Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant) and first time restaurant owners Quinn Wong and Gil Hoh will open for business tonight. The next few days will be a soft debut, with the grand opening set for Monday, August 8.

In addition to beer (see drink menu below), the food — overseen by formerChronicle Rising Star Chef Tim Luym — will focus on beer friendly eats with Asian and Filipino influences, like a Japanese curry-inspired shepherd’s pie ($14) and sisig and grits ($12)."