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Shirley Fong-Torres’ Current Favorite San Francisco Restaurants

Posted July 2006

$ = what a deal
$$ = affordable
$$$ = special treat time

  • Acme Chophouse
    ATT Park, Willie Mays Plaza, 415-644-0240
    This is my favorite place for braised shortribs, fried calamari, and burgers. $$
  • Alfred’s Steakhouse
    659 Merchant St., (in the alley across from Hilton Financial District, on Kearny) 415-781-7058
    Excellent “Whiskey Steak” and other cuts of steak. Side dishes, especially risotto, are delicious. $$
  • The Dining Room
    Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St., 415-773-6168
    Superb classical cuisine in one of the City's most romantic settings. Share special occasions here. Let Chef Ron Siegel (Iron Chef America!) create an unforgettable menu for you. $$$
  • Jeanty at Jack’s
    615 Sacramento St.  415-693-0941
    Famed Chef Philippe Jeanty re-opened the historic Jack’s to the great joy of food lovers. Simple French classics, such as Cassoulet and one of my favorites, Coq au Vin. $$
  • Kokkari
    200 Jackson St., 415-981-0983 
    Great Kokkari’s Greek/Mediterranean food, especially the eggplant or garlic-yogurt dip. Hearty lamb shanks. $$
  • Moose’s
    1652 Stockton St.  415-989-7800
    My good friend Gary Hirano is the new owner, and the place is as attractive as ever, offering “New American” cuisine, a nice lounge/bar, great ambience, a nice place to meet and eat. $$
  • Palio d'Asti
    640 Sacramento St., 415-395-9800
    Lunch and dinner only, full bar, business casual, excellent Italian food. Yummy calzone, pizzas from the wood fire oven. $-$$$
  • Piperade
    1015 Battery St., 415-391-2555
    I must eat here more often. Chef Gerard Hirogoyen, of Frigale fame, created this amazing Basque bistro. Everything is delicious and I rarely say that about any restaurant. The menu may include fresh crab meat coddled in a paper-thin crepe with a partner of a tasty mango and red-pepper salsa. $-$$
  • Swan’s Oyster Depot
    1517 Polk St., 415-673-1101
    The freshest, the best, the most fun place to eat Oysters on the Half Shell and seafood. Totally casual. $-$$ (Guy)
  • Tadich Grill
    240 California., 415-391-1849
    One of the oldest restaurants in San Francisco, I  love the clam chowder, filet of sole, petrale, bouillabaise. $$ (Michael, Marion, Jose)
  • Belden Place Restaurants
    off Kearny St./California St.
    All terrific:  B44, Plouf, Cafe Tiramisu...outdoor dining, like eating in Paris. $-$$
  • Via Veneto
    2244 Fillmore St., 415-346 9211
    New discovery for superb veal specials, pasta, charming owner Mossimo. $-$$
Others worthy of big-time mention
  • Aqua
  • Bacar
  • Boulevard
  • Cortez
  • Faz
  • Fleur De Lys
  • Ana Mandara
  • Farallon
  • Gary Danko
  • Nopa
  • Fringale
  • Scala’s
  • Cosmopolitan Café
  • Town Hall
  • Harris’ Steakhouse
  • Myth
  • The Fly Trap
  • Frisson
  • Range

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