Frances SF: Reservations are worth the wait!

Editor’s note: according to the website, Frances will be opening soon. I hope so, and will be in line for a reservation!

Best of, and for a reason

The never-ending quest to try “the best of” leads me to Frances which has been on my list (and Michael Bauer’s too) for a while. Too lazy to get in line for a reservation but lucky enough to have an equally adventurous (and planning-minded) friend I finally made it to Frances. The wait was worth it.

With a menu that avoids the standard fare, it’s also standard enough with a twist to make it interesting.

A sampling of what we ordered

• applewood smoked bacon beignets with maple crème fraiche and chive, panisse frites

• crispy chickpea fritters and calabrese chili aoli (yum!)

• Dungeness crab salad with tarragon vinaigrette and Owari Satsuma mandarin

• Five Dot bavette steak – toasted faro, maitake, baby fava beans (the best dish for our night)

Tableside Carafe

An interesting concept at Francis, they leave a large carafe of wine on the table and you can pour at your leisure. If you want just a small taste, you are billed by the ounce. Nice and smart although we did empty the entire carafe!

3870 17th Street
San Francisco CA 94114
(415) 621-3870

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I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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