after recently reading Michael Bauer’s top 100 list, and seeing Frances still on the list, I thought it was time for a 2nd visit 🙂
3870 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94114
“At Frances, Chef Melissa Perello’s take on approachable fine dining features a seasonal menu showcasing produce and products from Northern California’s exceptional farmers — all in a comfortable, neighborhood setting.”
It’s still a super popular restaurant and the first available reservation at a decent time was Tuesday, earlier this week (booked 2 months ago!). I recall really enjoying it the first time around–everything tasted fresh and delicious, including the celery root soup. Celery root? yes, it didn’t sound so good, but it sure tasted great (and no, it actually did not taste like celery). It wasn’t until this 2nd visit, when i was scoping out the menu that I learned Frances holds a Michelin Star. not bad. I like that the menu changes, so there are new things to try!
They are known for their bacon beignets, a bouchée, so we had to get them again to start..
followed by some appetizers..
entrées comprised of…
lastly, a side of..
I can see why Frances still remains one of the city’s hot spots. The food is great, and the atmosphere still has a casual, neighborhood feel. it’s “fine-dining with a down-to-earth personality.”