Frances (San Francisco, CA)

Frances has been on my SF list of restaurants to try ever since it opened in December 2009. The dining room was casual and comfortable — I loved sitting on the comfy pillows while eating. :)  We started the meal with a “market shot”, which consisted of whatever the chef could find at the local market that day mixed with some booze. I was most excited to try the bacon beignets, but found them a bit disappointing — if only they had more bacon in them.  (I’m a bacon fanatic!) My favorite dishes were the grilled quail (it was such a light dish with the peaches and plums adding a bit of brightness), the B.L.T. (simple and delicious), and the eggplant and fennel tapenade (creamy and smoky).

Frances: 3870 17th Street, San Francisco, CA

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Market Shot (“Whatever we find at the market gets juiced, spiced, and spiked”)

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Smoked eggplant and fennel tapenade with nigella seed lavash crackers

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‘B.L.T.’ – butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, brokaw avocado, crisp bacon, lemon aioli

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Grilled Tolenas Farm Quail with sauteed stone fruit, white corn, purslane, chanterelles

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Tarte Tatin – red Arkane and Mutsu apple, Calimyrna fig jam, cardamom milkshake

Frances (San Francisco, CA)