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)
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