With only 37 seats, this tiny neighborhood restaurant with a tiny menu consistently delivers a huge dining experience. Ever since it opened in 2009, Melissa Perello’s baby has remained a top place in the city. Its eclectic menu includes choices as varied as seared king salmon with creamed corn, English peas, black garlic, and charred shishito pepper; or Liberty duck confit with ricotta dumpling, grilled broccolini, and habañero stone fruit jam. Don’t miss the applewood-smoked bacon beignets—you dip them in crème fraîche with maple and chive. For dessert, the lumberjack cake—apple, kumquat, Medjool dates, and maple ice cream—is a crowd pleaser, as is the clever idea of selling house red and white wines for the bargain price of $1.80 an ounce. Make a reservation up to 60 days in advance, or walk in and sit at the bar.
San Francisco› Restaurant
3870 17th St (at Pond St)
Our Rating Neighborhood The Castro Hours Daily except Mon, 5–10pm (Fri–Sat until 10:30pm). Transportation Bus: 22, 24, or 33. Any Market St. light rail or streetcar Phone 415/621-3870 Prices Main courses $18–$29 Cuisine Type Californian Web site Frances
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