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Frances, San Francisco - reservations are worth the wait!

Frances
3870 17th Street
San Francisco CA 94114
415.621.3870
info@frances-sf.com

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!

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