Saturday, October 09, 2010

Neighborhood French Restaurants

I enjoy casual French bistros with friendly staff, nice ambience, and both traditional and contemporary French cuisine.  I don't want anything fancy.  I just want to feel like I'm in France for a little while.  In January, I wrote about Le P'tite Laurent in Glen Park that I enjoy immensely.  The owner, Laurent, is always friendly; the staff are from France; and the food is delicious.

Last night, we dined at L'Ardoise the chalk board) in the Castro Disrict, another bistro that makes me yearn to return to France.  We had a charcuterie plate with tasty pates and sausages, an interesting portobello mushroom salad, and butter fish with potatoes landaises, a French classic.  The wine selection is mostly French with a few interesting Californians thrown in for variety.

Another good neighborhood restaurant is Baker Street Bistro, near the Presidio's Lombard Street Gate.  Here too you'll find some French classics at reasonable prices.  Unlike Le P'tite Laurent and L'Ardoise, Baker Street Bistro is also open for lunch and weekend brunch.

I recommend checking out any of these restaurants next time you want a quick hit of France without the hassle of standing in line at the airport.  If you have any additional recommendations, please comment.

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