San Francisco, CA 94114
SF Weekly's Description
At this tiny, cream-and-brown Castro bistro, Frances, Melissa Perello's food is a Danish modern table: serene, beautifully designed, populist, simple. Aspiring culinary students would do better to spend their course fees on an order of scallops (with leeks and artichokes), or a pan-seared bavette steak (with cipollini), just to see how they should be cooked. Sommelier Paul Einbund's innovative wine-by-the-ounce pours and inventive wine list are pitched just right for a neighborhood restaurant, and the servers are not afraid to chat a little when they see you're open to it, but respectful of your time and your time with your tablemates. It can be frustrating to see such a talented chef cook such minimalist American food with California influences, out-Panisse-ing Chez Panisse, but her craftsmanship is impeccable.
Tips from foursquare
Melissa Perello returns with Frances, an easy-going nook with a menu to match that’s swiftly become the muse of local rags, international pubs and the James Beard Foundation. [Eater 38 Member]
Chosen as one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America in our annual restaurant issue!
The food is great, but don't forget the house-blended wine. It's $1 an ounce; drink what you want and you're charged accordingly.
Must Order: Applewood-smoked bacon beignets, chickpea fritters, and pork trotters--all under the Bouchees ("mouthfuls") category on the menu.
7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the chicken liver on toast is delicious. Yum!
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