When Dominique Crenn, of Atelier Crenn fame, smiles fondly and says she loves to drop in here for a late evening supper, you know this place is good—really good. Pronounced “lard wazz”—French for the large chalkboard listing the daily specials—this hidden Castro gem feels like an old Parisian bistro, with rich burgundy walls, plush carpet, heavy curtains, and dark wood. The mood is romantic, and the food a bit more special than usual. Escargots are served en gueusaille—in fried potato cups—with a garlic and parsley cream sauce. Favorite entrees are just as Gallic, think coq au vin in red wine sauce with potato puree, bacon and pearl onions; and roasted rack of lamb with pomme frites, garlic and parsley butter. Add a bottle from the selective wine list and a cheese plate to finish, and you have an evening that is parfait.
- Erika Lennert